The dawn of autumn

Wheelbarrow and tools await instructions.

There were indications yesterday, but this morning confirmed it. Sunshine and 70 degrees. I skipped my customary exercise walk around the neighborhood plaza, choosing instead to get some yard chores completed.

I declare the rainy season done for 2020. It normally continues into October, even beyond, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case this year. I remember one year that it rained on September 30, and that was the end of it. I bet we’re seeing something similar now.

¡Qué bueno!

I put on my tennis shoes and my long-sleeve T-shirt due to the sun. I trimmed one of the bougainvilleas back. I whacked the stand of bananas. I scrubbed the birdbath and filled it with fresh water. Related to that is the location change of the galvanized tub where water waits for terraza watering purposes.

During the rainy season it sits under a drain pipe from the roof, endlessly refilled. Today, I moved it to its winter position under a faucet from a water tank in the Garden Patio.

New digs for the water tub.

I dug up some weeds. I trimmed sagging roses abutting the Alamo Wall. My child bride mixed me a glass of green juice with collagen.

Fall was my favorite season above the border because the contrast with summer was so stark. It’s less of a switch on my mountaintop, but it’s still delightful. Delight has been in short supply this year, one of the worst of my — and likely yours too — life.

Hacienda birds enjoy this colorful spot.

After doing my duties, I sat a spell on a rocking chair in the downstairs terraza. I watched a hummingbird sitting on a twig of the orange bush. Then he took off to dine on aloe vera flowers. I took his cue and stepped inside for cereal.

4 thoughts on “The dawn of autumn

  1. Yard looks good, perfect weather for working outside. Weather has cooled, and no rain for a week here at lakeside. Nothing in the forecast either, so I think you called it right.


  2. After watching a couple of hurricanes and tropical storms blow past, our weather seems to be settling into a dry Fall, as well. We are shipping one last hurricane off toward Hawaii, but our weather nursery is emptying out.

    For us, that is bad. Rain always helps to drive down the humidity — for at least a day.


    1. Señor Cotton: Rain drives down humidity? That’s an odd one. Well, in any event, I remain gleeful that I don’t live in heat and humidity — or near hurricanes — anymore. Fifty-five years of that was far more than enough. You can always sell Casa Cotton, you know, and move to a civilized area of Mexico. I highly recommend it.

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