Falling Into Autumn

Summer is starting to blend into autumn. Last week we had several neighbors report light frost. The coldest morning temperature we saw was 40*. J and I are enjoying what could be the last watermelon of the season and I’ve made my first batch of chili. They are talking a major cool down starting today. Cool as in highs in the low 50’s and chances for snow in the northern Black Hills.

September 9

This little lady is celebrating her 5th birthday! KJ hasn’t sent me full details, but said that the Children’s Museum of South Dakota was awesome.

September 9

While J is loading the semi I catch a few pages in my book; my last two reads are worth sharing. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is written from the view point of Enzo, the dog. This is the story of how one family deals with cancer, the loss of wife/mom/daughter and how dealing with death can be more challenging than one ever thought.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Take Me With You is a story about two young boys with an alcoholic mechanic father and the school teacher that takes them on an extended trip and befriends them.

Last Saturday evening a neighbor gal got married with a Country Wedding on the Ranch.

September 9

And to round things out here are a couple blog posts I enjoyed last week:

As Fair season draws to a close Darcy shares her opinion on Why Showing Livestock Matters.

Anne is enjoying an active role as Mom to her High School Cross Country runner and posted a quote from Drew Brees about Believing.

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8 Responses to Falling Into Autumn

  1. Kim says:

    It’s always a little hard to eat the last fresh tomatoes and watermelon of the summer. But, on the other hand, I’m ready for fall. That’s one thing I love about living in a place with all four seasons. We are supposed to have a major cool down tomorrow. I loved all your photos today!

  2. That you don’t eat chili year-round is refreshing to me.

    Here at our place, they make chili and soups ALL YEAR ROUND and I find it very annoying. It’s 110 outside and you want soup? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!?

    I guess having grown up in Texas, the last thing you eat during the summer months is soup, or chili – something designed to truly warm you up isn’t what you want. A bucket of ice water maybe, but soup, not a chance.

  3. Darcy says:

    I know freezing temps make the grass stop growing, but I am so ready for cooler weather! 🙂 Your pics in this post are fun – love the melon pic, and the wedding decor is fun! Have a great week!

    PS – Thanks for the shout out. 🙂

  4. amanda says:

    Yes, I keep hearing that the weather is supposed to take a turn here by the end of today. Fall is a busy time of year, battening down hatches, stocking up the woodsheds, and doing all there is to do before freezing weather arrives.
    I haven’t made our first batch of chili yet, but the oven has been running much more lately.
    Happy birthday to your sweet niece!
    Enjoy the rest of your week, Robyn. 🙂

  5. Myla says:

    Your watermelon look fantastic! Sadly, our melons (cantaloupe and watermelon) aren’t doing too hot this year. 🙁 My book club read The Art of Racing in the Rain and everyone loved it! I will definitely be checking out Take Me With You, thanks for the suggestion. Oh, and I thought Darcy’s post was fantastic too!

  6. Cheri says:

    So sad to see summer coming to an end. But looking forward to baby calves is always fun.
    Country weddings are the best.

  7. Nita says:

    Just last week my Son in Law mentioned the “S” word and I told him I would beat him with a broom if he didn’t be quiet. So we can blame the rapid change in weather on him…lol.
    Happy Birthday to KJ, my grandchildren that are in Sioux Falls have been there and they claim it is the best place on earth. Those books both sound really good, thanks for sharing. I’m off to check out those posts now. Have a great week.

    • Robyn says:


      I am not ready for snow; it’s too early. Sounds like once this cold front passes we are in for some nice weather.

      Glad to hear your family likes living in Sioux Falls. J’s Mom’s family is from that area and J lived/worked in Sioux Falls after he graduated from college. The city has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

      Happy Reading!

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