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Ham and Turkey and Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing and Gravy and Sweet Potatoes and Spinach and Beets and Deviled Eggs and Cap'n Nate's famous Chutney and Jello Salad (not pictured). For desert, there was Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie. Then we all had a nap. It was very nice to have just the four of us together again. After our naps--and some leftovers--we played some cards. Very relaxing and very enjoyable.
This tree looked amazing when it was in all it's glory; however, a few days after this picture was taken, all it's glory was laying all over my yard. You know what they say "what goes up, must come down". As I was trucking all my fully compressed yard bags to the side yard, I got to thinking about the conservation of energy: Energy is not created or destroyed--it just changes forms. Those bags full of leaves were quite heavy. Imagine the energy required to haul those bags of leaves up to the branches and then hold them there for the summer. I guess the tree-muscles get pretty tired by the fall. I think of similar things during heavy rainstorms. Water is pretty heavy. Imagine the energy required to get it up in the clouds and then hold it there. Just a few thoughts to keep me occupied as I toil in the yard cleaning up the glory.
Personally, my favorite time of the year is spring. New growth. Warmth. Longer days. Everything turns vibrant green. And there's no more threat of snow. In late March, I have a full seven months before I have to think about the winter season. But...I do see the allure of fall. It's a break from the summer heat. There's football and fires. And leaves. This year's fall colors were spectacular. Lovely Wife took the pictures above during a recent weekend getaway to Lake of the Ozarks. It was a "thank-you" junket hosted by a couple of ladies whom L.W. has done quite a bit of work for lately.