Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I stood outside and watched for a long time. I didn't see a single firefly. I went from curious, to worried, to sad, and then a slow, happy, smile poured out. I came to one, certain realization: Fall just took his first, panicked, gasp of the year. He's been smothered so long.

I'll miss them, but a girl's got to learn look ahead.


Blogger small farm girl said...

I'm right there with you. The deer are starting to show their antlers here too! Love fall!!!!!

July 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger T said...

Amen! I can't wait. The godforesaken heat wave has just about done me in. I for one am looking forward to warm days and cool nights to sleep under warm blankets with the windows WIDE open! Come on Autumn!

July 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can give up fireflies for crickets and beautiful leaves any day!


July 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger jamberry_song said...

Part of their beauty is that it is so fleeting.

July 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger David Shearer said...

Come on guys, it's still July!

July 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

It's hard to read about you yearning for Fall. We are still waiting for summer to arrive.

July 28, 2011 at 2:02 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

I hadn't seen any fireflies at all for the last week or so but then last night I saw just a few. They are winding down though. Sadly, the thrushes will stop singing in the next few days as well. To every thing there is a season...

July 28, 2011 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am happy with summer! It started snowing in Maine in Nov. '10 and snow continued to fall until April '11!
I'll enjoy summer while I can!

July 28, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Yeah, I'm with David. We still have the hottest month to get through.

July 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Totally agree......the heat this summer is crazy. Fall can't come soon enough.
I'm growing pumpkins for the first time in years....they're taking over their part of the garden but that's ok.......4 beauties that I've spotted so far.

July 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, we still have some down here in Ga. And I will be glad to see some hints of fall. It was 100 here yesterday. Enjoy!

July 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I'm so ready for Fall, but we won't see him down here until probably October. I don't know if I'll ever learn to love the seemingly endless summers here, but I make the most of it by enjoying the extended growing season. :)

July 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

We have so, SO far to go yet. :(

July 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There's much beauty to life in the changing of the seasons. While walking this morning, I took delight in hearing the crickets. While we do have the hottest month to look forward to yet, the little signs that fall is on it's way are beautiful!

July 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger WeekendFarmer said...

You kept wishing for OCTOBER! Thats why they left. We have plenty here in Jersey : ). No to October - eventhough I am a Libra.

July 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

seasonality is a wonderful thing, if we always had fireflies or fall we wouldn't look forward to either.

July 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

for once, I totally agree with Meredith A!!!

My husband and I just moved from a hot climate where we'd lived for nearly a decade. I am thrilled to have my first real fall in years. Seasons keep me sane. Cannot wait to have my autumn back again (it's my favorite season). I've lived in a perpetual summer for too long.

July 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Laughed at David's comment. I feel the same way as he. You sure are rushing summer. I've been enjoying it for the first time in a long time. However, we haven't had the heat wave you have had, so far. Fall is my favorite season but I'm just not quite ready for it yet.

July 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

I adore fall too, but here in Oregon, we have had only 3 days this year over 95 degrees, my garden is lagging and some seeds never even germinated. I want at least one trip to the mountains with a canoe ride on a lake! :) Glad your getting your wishes......who wouldn't look forward to fall with that cool oven you got!!! :)

July 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

I long for the days of my childhood in MA where summer was an eternity. Now, days evaporate and blend into a din of noise and speed. Winter starts as soon as the snow breaks and the earth melts,it is off to work planning and planting. By this time of year, winter storage crops should be well on their way to grown in NY. Here in TN we are just planting. Counting cords of firewood and hoping it is dry enough to do more than just sizzle in the firebox. Before long frost is on the pumpkin. Good luck and keep warm.

July 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM  

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