Fall, Finally

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Fall finally arrived at my house yesterday morning, and I could not be happier. At last we get to enjoy cool temperatures, low humidity, and more time outside. People and pets in my neighborhood are venturing out from their air-conditioned bunkers, and life is slowly but surely returning to South Louisiana. Plus, we’ve dodged what looks like it will be the last tropical threat of the year. Hip hip hooray! Life is good. To celebrate our first finally-feels-like-fall day, my human mommy and I started the morning with a very special walk. I’d love to tell you about it now, but you’re going to have to wait until Friday. I can, however, tell you how we spent the rest of our day. After we got home from our special walk, Mommy took off–without me–in my chariot. When she returned home, the entire back of my chariot was filled with fall plants. It’s a good thing I didn’t go with her, because there wouldn’t have been anyplace for me to sit. We then spent the rest of the day outside, pulling old and tired summer plants out of pots and replacing them with beautiful mums, ornamental kale and peppers, herbs, ferns, and a croton. I was right by my mommy’s side the whole time she was playing in the dirt, and it was glorious.

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Except for one thing: It appears as if we have been invaded by scarecrows. I’m not really sure what to think about this development. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that scarecrows have surrounded my house. This little one is standing guard by my breezeway door.

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And she must have called this guy in for backup, because he’s positioned just a few feet away by the garage. I had no idea that crows were such an issue around my house, but apparently they are.

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Because this little lady is guarding the back of my house. As alarming as the scarecrow invasion is, I must admit that thy seem to be doing their jobs. I did not see one single crow anywhere near my house all day long.

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It’s too bad those scarecrows aren’t as successful at keeping the mosquitos away. Look at that pesky thing on the tip of my nose. Someone needs to tell him that summer is over, fall is finally here, and it’s time for Mr. Mosquito and all is little friends to move on!


55 Comments on “Fall, Finally”

  1. 2browndawgs says:

    So happy to hear that you have a break in the weather. Darn mosquitoes. They hang around too long!

  2. Emmadog says:

    Good to hear that fall is in your area too. We love fall even with all those crazy things the humans put out in their lawns this time of year!

  3. Fall is our most favorite season! Hope those mosquitoes go away! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. PigLove says:

    You poor dear. Can you blow some of that fall weather my way? We are still up/down in the temps here in Georgia. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. You can keep the mosquitoes though. We still have LOADS of them – snorts.

  5. I think your mommy is having fun outside again. Happy Fall!

  6. The plants are beautiful and i am so glad you are having better weather.

  7. cafall says:

    We are enjoying our cooler weather too! Hopefully your mosquitoes will go away very soon!

    Monty and Harlow

  8. nice to see you were helping mom with all her garden stuff. what would she do without you? 🙂

  9. Kuruk says:

    Miss Harper Lee, how beauwooowooootiful you look in your fall garden! I hope those mosquitos don’t bite yoooowoooowooooooo! xx, Ku

  10. thatjenk says:

    Mosquitos are gone here, but lots of flies still. Then again, we’ll probably be finished with fall in a week or two. Great photos, though – those scarecrows don’t actually look particularly scary!

  11. Nasty skeeters! I hate dem too but I’ve I was a skeeter… I would love to land on your pretty nose.

  12. Jan K says:

    Hooray for fall!!! Do you get a freeze down there to kill off the mosquitoes? They are actually still bad all the way up here in NH, we have our fingers crossed for a frost tonite to hopefully kill them off. I bet your whole house looks beautiful with all the wonderful fall decorations!

    • We usually don’t get a freeze until at least late December, but its so brief that I think the mosquitos just hide and wait to come out on the next pretty day. I have to say that my mommy is going a little nuts with the fall decorating. It’s her favorite season. Today she came home with clothes and a hat to make a scarecrow to sit on our front porch. Really, Mommy? Another scarecrow?

  13. The scarecrows and witches that pop up this time of year scared Dudley and made him quite nervous. He would have thought you very brave to have your picture taken with one. Of course, he was afraid of the camera, too.

    • Poor Dudley. For some reason, seasonal decorations don’t frighten me in my own yard, but walking in my neighborhood from now until the end of Christmas? That’s a different story!

  14. Scarecrows! Mosquitoes! You’re practically living in a haunted house! Be careful, Miss HL!

    Love and licks,

  15. OMG! I think I’m in love with your Golden! What a beauty. I love your pictures, so much character.

  16. OhMelvin says:

    Boot weather here too!!! No more curly Q hair for you or me!!

  17. Those scarecrows look like they need de-stuffing *licks lips*. We cannot believe the audacity of that mosquito Miss HL!!! We hope it didn’t bite you! Mom HATES, LOATHES, DETESTS mosquitoes, possibly because the LOVE, ADORE, WORSHIP her and her sweet, sweet tasting blood. He is covered in bites all summer long despite her best efforts to keep the home mozzie free.
    We can’t wait to hear all about your special walk on Friday.
    Wally & Sammy

  18. writetowag says:

    Fall is here too and our favorite season as well!!!! Sweet pic…your scarecrows are so cute!!!!

  19. Sherrell fick says:

    Fall is the best season in my mind. You said it girlfriend , those mosquitoes can pack their bags and leave. Nasty bugs

    • Fall is my mommy’s all-time favorite time of the year, but this year the mosquitos are particularly bad. We were outside this afternoon and mommy just looked away for a moment and then looked back and there were three of them camped on my nose. Yuck!

  20. Oh Ma is SO JEALOUS overs your new plants!!!! OMD, those are just FABulous!! And you are the pawfect ‘Vanna White’ to show them off in all their glory Miss Harper Lee!!! Wells, except for that frickin’ mosquito!! Doesn’t it know that there is NO landin’ on Miss Harper Lee???!! I’ll be right overs to scare them away….oh, and I’ll bring some cider (the good stuffs!)
    Ruby ♥

  21. We finally got a break from the weather too! Hooray! But no break from the crows. Guess maybe we should do the same and get some scarecrows… except that Rita is afraid of the ones we’ve seen at neighbors’ houses, so she probably wouldn’t like that too much!

    • Tell Rita not to feel bad. I’m afraid of all the neighborhood decorations too, but for some odd reason the ones in my own yard don’t bother me . . . which is good because we just added another scarecrow to our porch. 🙂

  22. Misaki says:

    Maybe you need a miniature scarecrow to wear on your head to scar the mossies away 🙂

  23. That would be so great if a scarecrow could scare mosquitos away! I have tons of them in the backyard, and the moment I set foot outside they are on the attack! No matter what spray I use nothing keeps them away!

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