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The property owned by the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters contains several trees, including six spruce trees, five in the rear, one in the front.  All of the spruce trees are healthy and provide lovely flora, and attract certain fauna.

The Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters property also contains a wood pile, serving to feed indoor fires to warm the interior of the premises during the cold winter months.  The fauna, referred to previously, has taken a liking to the wood pile during the summer months and pretty much claimed it as home.

Enter: Red Squirrel.

I hear the red squirrel is a dastardly creature who loves to destroy surroundings for its own personal benefit.  However, I’ve found them very cute and playful.  Not that I’ve personally  played with them, but the way they chase gray squirrels around is quite entertaining.  I’ve been watching the red squirrel(s) (perhaps, more than likely, there’s more than one) scamper around the yard all summer, being all cute and stuff.  And then came the cooler days of autumn…

I’ve seen Red Squirrel running along the fence,  jumping the posts, and scurrying to the wood pile, but with an interesting accessory ~ it travels the length of the fence, from the front yard to the back, with a pinecone in its mouth.  The little guy looks like Groucho Marx, pinecone placed in its mouth like a big, old Stogie.

The pinecones, only those from the front yard spruce tree, are giving Red Squirrel a motherlode of seeds/nest materials for the winter.  I’m not sure why it doesn’t take pinecones from the five spruces in the back where the wood pile is…apparently they’re poison.  Day after day, week after week, I see Red Squirrel haul his “cigars” to the wood pile from the one spruce tree in front.

 

The days go on and Red Squirrel keeps “squirreling away” its pinecones.  Husby finally said to me, “I’m going to have to uncover the wood pile soon.”  I panicked.  “What are you going to do with all of those pinecones?” I asked.  “Compost,” was Husby’s answer.  My heart shattered.  “But Red Squirrel has been working so hard for so long!  We can’t just toss all of those (cigars) away!”

Husby has more sympathy for me than he has for Red Squirrel and said he’d just toss the pinecones under one of the backyard spruce trees, easy for Red Squirrel to find.  I hope Red Squirrel appreciates me as much as I appreciate Husby.

The pile of pinecones continues to grow…

This year I saved the bounty of the dreaded Red Squirrel.  Why is the little fellow so dreaded?  So cute.  So playful.  So determined to survive.

Husby promised me he’d throw the pinecones close by to where Red Squirrel “squirreled” them.  I figure as long as he’s not gnawing on our house he deserves the fruits of his efforts.

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Closing Time

October is a good month.  I was married in October.  The leaves turn in October.  Halloween is in October.  October is the best month of the year as far as I’m concerned.

There’s some work involved in October though.  Closing up the family cottage(s) in Wisconsin is a chore that has to be done, especially as those dwellings are not winter-friendly.  A friend of mine was recently surprised that the family cottage actually consisted of two properties with two structures.  Yes, my parents managed to buy an adjoining property from a neighbor quite a few years ago in order to accommodate our growing family.

Stats aside, my family and I spent a weekend closing up the cottages for the winter.  It was busy work and caused some bodies (mine mostly) to cry out in protest.  That only proves the bodies in question are extremely out of shape and should shape up.  Raking leaves is the biggest project in October.

The original cottage, built by Grandpa Mike in 1950.  Leaves ready to be picked up and hauled away.

Leave raking is the biggest closing-time activity.  Lots and lots of leaves.  At the end of it there were seven truck-loads of leaves dumped away from the properties.  Seven, squished loads of leaves.  But we love the trees and don’t complain too much about their shedding.

Here’s the second property, right next door to the previous. How happy am I and my entire family to own two properties on such a lovely lake?!

Yes, it takes more effort to maintain a second dwelling in addition to the primary.  But it’s totally worth it.  Good thing we have a big family to pitch in with the work!

It’s closing time at the family cottage.  We’ll not be back for a while, but after the hard work we spent tidying up the yards and winter-proofing the dwellings there were cozy times spent with those who make us a family.  Treasured times.

See that happy little man by the fire? That’s my dad.  His dad was the one who gave all of us the opportunity to enjoy pleasures of lakeside living.  Dad’s the one (along with Mom, of course) who kept the dream alive for the rest of his family.

So, with October coming to an end I pay tribute to the ancestors before me, for giving their family a peaceful respite from the trials and stressors of everyday life.  Summertime at the lake is something we all look forward to.

Autumn at the lake is a beautiful farewell.

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My Favorite Time Of Year

Greetings from the very colorful Midwest, USA.

This is my favorite time of year.  In fact, October is my favorite month, which is why Husby and I chose October as the time to be united in wedded bliss.  I donned a long-sleeved, brocade gown and it was unseasonably warm on our wedding day.  I was very beautiful despite my sweatiness.  You never know what October can bring.

One thing I can count on in October is color.  The landscape in October is always colorful, maybe earlier in the month, maybe later, but the explosion is guaranteed.  I’m sad for anyone who hasn’t seen it firsthand.  What a feast for the eyes…

 

 

 

 

Happy October, everyone, no matter where you live.

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