Archive for October, 2013

AUTUMN/FALL SEASON: Harvest, weather, leaves, scenes, feasts, etc. – I love it!*

Vol. 4, No.26, Monday, October 7th, 2013

TITLE: “AUTUMN/FALL SEASON: Harvest, weather, leaves, scenes, feasts, etc.- I love it!* ”


Some call it fall others autumn – whatever you call it – it’s officially here!  This is why my book of the week is “Awesome Autumn” [Hardcover] by Bruce Goldstone (Author, Photographer) (Note: This is another post in a continuing series on general issues.)


Time: Autumn is the time when days are getting shorter and night fall comes earlier.

Weather: Autumn is the intermediary season between summer and winter.  It is when you can expect to have dry and windy weather.  The days can be warm and sunny, while the evenings are usually cool.  It creates a mellow, tranquil atmosphere. Towards the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, the weather gets colder and rainy. That’s why some certain animals hibernate and some birds fly south.

Family: Last weekend, we went apple picking with my grandchildren, my daughters and the family.  The working farm had a tractor ride and animals to view. There was even a maze and a fun slide. We later gathered for brunch in a restaurant.  The drive there gave us an opportunity to see long strips of land that were ablaze with beautiful fall colors.  It was the perfect day with sunny skies and mild weather.  We enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

Dates on the calendar: Fall is when summer vacation is over and one settles down for hard work on the job. It can also be associated with the beginning of the school year.  TV also marks this season. Networks and channels present their fall lineup, launching new programs and broadcasting new episodes of returning shows, starting their new season. I am also told that football is big at this time.

Festivities: Autumn is the time when many crops are ready – this brings on the harvest, which is the reason for the Thanksgiving celebrations. With straw plentiful, scarecrows are a common sight in the fields. This brings to mind Halloween.

THE AUTHOR: Bruce Goldstone

Bruce Goldstone likes autumn so much that he enjoys two each year. The first is in May in Buenos Aires and the second is in October in New York City.  He is an expert in school curriculums. He has been in educational publishing for over 20 years.



Several are:

THE BOOK: Awesome Autumn [Hardcover] by Bruce Goldstone (Author, Photographer)

Goldstone likes autumn. He uses vivid photographs, clear explanations and classic craft ideas to explain why he likes this colourful and festive season.  You might have known that you like fall – now you will be able to give more reasons.


The change of seasons is a joy to behold.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That autumn is one of the seasons that I love the most. With the changing colors of the leaves, I find it magical.
  • That autumn weather can be ideal.  After a long hot summer, it can be very welcoming.  I feel more energetic with the cooler temps.
  • That some people see autumn as a melancholy season … you know, with summer over and winter fast arriving. But this season brings out the best in people who appreciate the simple things in life.
  • That when it comes to TV, I enjoy Castle, Person of Interest, to name a few.
  • That it’s also time to join the gym!

The Point

Life is good and autumn life is special. Take advantage of this wonderful time and enjoy what it has to offer.


Everyone should:

  1. Go outdoors – it’s ideal weather: warm days and cool nights to:
    1. Go for a walk in the park;
    2. Breathe the fresh, crisp air;
    3. Have fun picking fruit/vegetables apples, pumpkins etc.;
    4. Enjoy the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Appreciating the beautiful scenery. Take photos – it’s a vivid picturesque season.
  3. Winterize your house and strive for a toasty warm, inviting environment.
  4. Start up your TV and check out the new shows and episodes.
  5. Close down your country home, if you have one.
  6. Register at a gym and begin a physical fitness regime. Indeed, there are gym classes starting in the fall – join one that’s appealing.
  7. Get ready for the harvest feasts by eating moderately beforehand.
  8. Have fun at a Halloween party – but remember a costume … .

Summer has come and gone. Fall has fallen. Winter is not far behind. Season’s greetings!

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For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “autumn”; etc.

“Autumn, often known as fall in the US and Canada,[1] is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier.” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalised to the original Latin word autumnus.[8] There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

The alternative word fall for the season traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, with the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning “to fall from a height” and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in 16th century England, a contraction of Middle English expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year”.[11]

Association with the transition from warm to cold weather, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated its themes and popular images. In Western cultures, personifications of autumn are usually pretty, well-fed females adorned with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time.

Autumn is associated with the Halloween season (influenced by Samhain, a Celtic autumn festival),[13] and with it a widespread marketing campaign that promotes it, in the US.

Television stations and networks, particularly in North America, traditionally begin their regular seasons in autumn, with new series and new episodes of existing series debuting mostly during late September (series that debut outside the fall season are usually known as midseason replacements). A sweeps period takes place in November to measure Nielsen Ratings.

Autumn, particularly in most parts of the US, also has a strong association with the start of a new school year, particularly for children in primary and secondary education. “Back to School” advertising and preparations usually occurs in the weeks leading to the start of the fall season.

Although colour change in leaves occurs wherever deciduous trees are found, coloured autumn foliage is noted in various regions of the world: most of North America, Eastern Asia (including China, Korea, and Japan), Europe, parts of Australia and New Zealand’s South Island.

Eastern Canada and New England are famous for their autumnal foliage,[15][16] and this attracts major tourism (worth billions of U.S. dollars) for the regions.[17][18] (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: How to fall into more activity as autumn arrives

“Back-to-school is a time to get back to routines and focus on school and work, but the change in activity and cooling weather often results in a more sedentary lifestyle.

We all know that being active is good for us. Not only does it keep us healthier, activity can also reduce stress and it helps us adjust to shorter hours of daylight and to our new fall schedules. To help achieve your fitness goals and stay motivated, start with these simple steps:

Park further away or get off the bus or subway a stop or two earlier and walk the rest of the way.

Invite your spouse and kids to take a walk with you after dinner and use the time to reconnect and get a bit of fresh air before settling down to homework and other chores. Exercise has the additional benefit of helping to improve sleep.

Encourage your kids to get involved in athletics at school. School sports are a great way to build friendships, a sense of teamwork and inject fun into an active lifestyle.

Encourage activity breaks between studying. Even a short break to stretch will help your child focus and maintain energy levels

Make sure you have the right gear to keep everyone motivated. Comfortable, well-fitting sportswear and athletic shoes will make every activity more enjoyable. Look for brands with a reputation for style and durability. For example, Sears tells us they carry many national brands like Nike and Reebok, and it is the exclusive Canadian retailer for Converse apparel. And while you’re there, it’s easy to pick up those crucial back-to-school basics such as back packs, lunchboxes, clothes and uniforms.”

More information is available online at

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: Autumn lawn care for a water-wise spring

(NC) “With months of gardening comes months of water use. During summer, in fact, municipal water requirements usually double.

It doesn’t take a green thumb to save water, however. Take a look at a few things you can do now, in the autumn, to lower your costs and to protect this natural resource:

Plant and fertilize into the fall. Cool-season grasses like fescue, rye, and bluegrass flourish in the later months, and will help to thicken up your lawn early in the springtime, reducing the amount of watering necessary as your lawn comes back to life.

Replace struggling plants with hardier, drought-tolerant species. These substitutions will reduce your watering needs, especially during times of water scarcity.

Consider the efficiency of your automatic irrigation system. Does the layout of the system avoid wastefully watering paved surfaces? Can you set up your system to run once or twice a week instead of every other day?

The RBC Blue Water Project is a global commitment to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations. More urban water conservation tips can be found at” www,

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