Saturday, October 1, 2011

I Love Fall

I love the changing colors everywhere. The trees are so beautiful this time of year. The browns and purples and golds and reds are just awesome.

My son loves the fall as well. He doesn’t like to get too hot. But he doesn’t like to wear a coat or all that goes along with winter cold. So fall is just right for him. He can not wait until we finish school each day so he can be out in the yard playing. He loves to build huge mounds of leaves and then jump in the middle of them to scatter leaves everywhere. We had a great science lesson when we talked about why the leaves change color. The actually are showing their real color in the fall. During the spring and summer the leaves are full of chlorophyll which is needed to help the leaves use sunlight to manufacture their food. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, the production of chlorophyll slows down. As this process slows down the real color of the leaves begins to show through. Different things can have an effect on the colors of the leaves. The amount of moisture in the soil or a series of hot sunny days in the fall can cause the colors to be different. A long spring or a delayed summer can delay the time when the leaves change color.

Another thing that I really like about fall is that I get to make soup again. My husband will not eat soup in the hot weather. But when the temperatures start to go down, out comes my soup pot. Potato Soup and Chili are two of my favorites. We will have these often over the next few months.

Here’s to cool fall nights, a pot of hot soup, and a fire in the fireplace.

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