Fall Fever: September 2009


Some people get Spring Fever. Me, I get Fall Fever. On my weekly walk with my neighbor Marilyn, I spotted one tree limb with autumn leaves. (See photo above.) My heart soared!  And for the last few days, all I wanted to do was sit and read and goof off.  Definitely Fall Fever! I also feel that September is like a new year, because school starts in the Fall. Since Jewish holidays usually come in September, I do celebrate the Jewish New Year with its traditional foods, some of which I hope to share.

September also reminds us that the anniversary of 9/11 is upon us.  For those who lost loved ones in the Twin Towers, this day is especially painful, and for all of us it is a reminder that changed everyone’s life in America on that terrible day.  No longer are we immune from  attack. We lost our collective innocence on that day. While looking up books on autumn at the library, I came across one entitled An Autumn of War: What America Learned from September 11 and the War on Terrorism by Victor David Hanson, bestselling author of Carnage and Culture. I hope to find some information in it that I can share with you.

Fall also signals a change of season for food. Fall fruits & veggies come into play. Apples, pears, and grapes begin to whet my appetite. Acorn, delicata, and butternut squash beckon, as do heartier greens and grains as I think about the cooler weeks ahead. Check out the local farmers’ markets, since many of the fall vegetables are at their height.



 (This bowl contains both the round and elongated delicata squash, as well as a red bell pepper, some hot peppers, and garlic, part of a recipe to be posted soon.)


One book that reflects the concept of local, seasonal eating is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which I plan to review.  I used a variation of one of her recipes and it was very tasty. (Photo below)


Part of my Fall Fever routine is to get out in the leaves and take pictures as the trees go to sleep.  Actually, October is a better month to see “Flaming Foliage,” but summer has not been terribly hot, and I suspect an early Fall might be in store for us and I want to be ready! I plan to keep my camera close by and snap pictures of the trees as they change, as well as other fall flowers. Below are some potted mums I snapped at Whole Foods, ready for planting.




I am not sure what else September will bring, but I am heartened by the fact that the number of people clicking onto my site has taken a big leap, perhaps because I am posting shorter pieces more often. My divorce blog, www.divorce-dayz.info, is still not getting the traffic I would like, but I will be patient, since I have been posting menupause for more than three years and readership is just now jumping. But if you have friends going through a divorce, or even anticipating or recovering from divorce, please share my address divorce blog with them.

Finally, despite the shadow of 9/11, enjoy the crispy weather and the foods of Fall.  As we honor those who died, don’t forget to keep on living so you can continue to honor their memory as the leaves change and I move into my autumn rapture, as the poem below explains.




What is it about autumn that makes me swoon?  The crisp, cool air? The silvery moon?
I love the way leaves are burnished —red & gold—the limbs are furnished

As Mother Nature fully intended— a season suspended
Between hot & cold, with trees adorned in colors bold.

Ah, yes, autumn with its mums; flowers plus leaves make wonderful sums
Of Fall’s own creative boldness, before Winter’s cutting coldness.

Enjoy the rapture of autumn splendor. Complaints? I’m Fall’s defender
Against those souls who feel trees are dying; they’re only resting, there’s no denying 

For in Spring they leaf in glorious green once more.
Have faith in Mother Nature; she’s keeping score!


(Another view of the one tree near our condo that displays the first signs of autumn.)




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