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October 14, 2004

Welcome, Autumn!

"When the Frost is on the Punkin"

WHEN the frost is on the punkin
and the fodder's in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble
of the struttin' turkey-cock,
And the clackin' of the guineys,
and the cluckin' of the hens,
And the rooster's hallylooyer
as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it's then the time a feller
is a-feelin' at his best,
With the risin' sun to greet him
from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded,
and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin
and the fodder's in the shock.

--James Whitcomb Riley

Read the complete poem.

Our vacation was summery, by the beach and pool. We came home to the chilly days and changing leaves of autumn. Fresh crisp mornings like today, always bring to mind this poem my mother had us memorize when I was in high school. We'll make gingerbread cake and applesauce for Bible study dessert tonight.

Autumn days also bring out a lot of heart-thankfulness in me. And, since it's Thursday, I'll go ahead and list three things I'm thankful for, ala Kelly.

1. That our hot water was back on when we got home from vacation.
2. That our heat came on yesterday--two days early!
3. That my energy and optimism is renewed after vacation.

I'm off to start a pot of chicken corn chowder and then take the boys outside to play.


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Sounds like you all had the best kind of vacation! And your fall food sounds so yummy - gingerbread and applesauce, chicken corn chowder. I love fall best of all - fall food, fall clothes, fall air that smells so good.

Posted by: Kelly at October 14, 2004 04:20 PM

I know you guys just got back from vacation and everything, but Le Sabot Post-Moderne looks dead to me. No content on the page.

Posted by: daniel stoddart at October 14, 2004 06:36 PM

*ack* Sorry, Daniel. Hubby had a marvelous vacation, but was hit with a really nasty bug a few days after we got home. (And the first few days we didn't have internet. . .) Sooo, as soon as he's back to normal, you'll see him around.

Kelly, I'm really enjoying this fall. I think it's because I just got two wonderful weeks of "summer" vacation, and I know that winter will be here all too soon. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 14, 2004 08:33 PM

I hate to disturb you with an off-topic request but having gotten a sampling of your literary tastes and your passion for home-schooling, I thought "Surely this woman would know if anyone would..."

I want Russian or Ukraninian translations of great American books - like Huckleberry Finn or The Great Gatsby. But I do not speak those languages and non-English internet sites are of no use to me. I do not know if such books are even in print. Have you encountered such texts? By the way, you are giving your children a gift beyond price by homeschooling them - do not be discouraged by the nay-sayers "There are none so blind as those who will not see."

Posted by: steve eck at October 19, 2004 05:51 AM


Yep, I think I've seen books like you're looking are. Give me a week to track down some specific info, and I'll be in touch. If you don't hear from me soon, drop me a line at alex8b8 at hotmail dot com

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 22, 2004 05:40 PM

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