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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dear Autumn, I Hate Your Guts, And It's My Blogiversary!

I almost can't remember how to write a blog post.  I began this blog on October 1, 2008, and 840+ posts later, I have sputtered to a very slow crawl.

For that very first little attempt at blogging, click here.

Me and That Old House took separate Summer vacations.  All I've written since June are some goofy Facebook posts, and most of those were written by my dog Dylan DiPoochy.

Yes, he is that talented.

While I was being a happy summertime layabout,
poor ol' Summer was KO'd by . . .
It sneaks up on me every year.
I never see it coming.

Even displays like this one fly right by me;
I don't even see them.

 What is this called, again?  Oh yeah.  
It ain't just a river in Egypt, is it? 

A picture from October 2013, our side yard.  And its leaves.  Lots and lots of leaves, and more to fall.
I am very, very grateful that I do not have to rake all those leaves.  Bless the landscape guys.

I do hate to see Summer fold its tent and take a hike.
And leave all those leaves on the ground.
(Haha ... see what I did?)

Yes, there are compensations.
Fall's colors are crazy-pants -- wild and brilliant. 

Seasonal veggies look like aliens, wacky and warty.
Mother Nature's last crazy fling before winter.

And Fall decorating is stupid easy.  You can't go wrong.
Put a mum or a pumpkin pretty much anywhere,
and POOF! instant Autumn bling.

Fall is both an end -- of warm weather, bountiful crops
and flowers, a life outdoors -- and a beginning.
It's the start of the holiday season, with Hallowe'en kicking off
the parade that won't end until it is 2015.  Yikes.

It was a long and beautiful summer. 
Look . . . Can you spot our Dylan DiPoochy in this picture?  :-)

There have been a few changes here at That Old House.  
Those can wait for another post.

Meanwhile, I wish That Old House a Happy Blog Anniversary.
Six years.  That's a lot of chit-chat under the bridge, isn't it?

-- Cass


  1. Cass, Happy Anniversary! Or Blogversary? It's been great getting to know you and I've missed TOH posts although I enjoy the Facebook ones -- especially Dylan's! Maybe because it is so hot on the prairie that we embrace fall -- cooler weather and I love the colors of autumn! Looking forward to TOH having more to say!

    1. Hi Martha! Fall used to be my favorite season ... but then when my kids were in school, I hated the beginning of the new school year, because summers were such fun with them home. I think that's what made me switch gears to loving summer best.
      I am AWED by your preserving this past couple of weeks. Wow.
      I made jam once -- and may never do it again, hahaha.
      But I sure admire those who do!
      Say Hi to Jim!

  2. I wondered where you were. Sometimes we just can't think of anything to blog about. I usually love summer, but we have had one long hot, dry one. No water as it never rains in Sunny CA and is affecting everyone - wait till you see what fruit and vegetables are going to cost. Everything will be pricey, oh my.
    Looks like you had a good garden supplying you with lots of yummy vegetable. Mine gave me 8 tomatoes, and 2 spaghetti squash. The pumpkin vine is going crazy and if I don't see a pumpkin starting soon it's going to the trash.
    Have a great weekend coming up and so glad your back to blogging again. Happy Anniversary.

  3. Happy Anniversary !
    I don't post as often now days, as I used to.
    Glad to see you post again.

  4. Nice to see you, Cass. I took the summer off, too. Things are still looking great at your place...or at least they were in last year's picture!;>)
    Happy Anniversary. Hope you have had a great day so far- xo Diana

  5. It is so good to see you !

    Happy Blogversary!

    M : )

  6. Happy 6 Year Blogversary Cass.
    Enjoyed the colorful picks and your doggie is a cutie.

  7. happy anni/bloggy versary!
    i too have been much lazy/lax/lost since January..
    Sept 28 was my 5th!!!
    anyhow.. maybe i'll find something to blog about..
    maybe introduce you to Avery..
    or let you in on my secret..
    am so glad to see you my sweet friend..
    have truly missed you and your shenanigans..
    are you still running thither and yon for antiques?
    waitiing to hear from you!!
    love, hugs and big SMILES!

  8. Congrats to you on your blog-iversary! Your pooch is a cutie... I don't decorate much for Fall. Like you I hate to see the Summer go!
    Plus...we get crazy dry here with the end of Summer mixed with widely scattered DROUGHT...that Fall, doesn't change get all showy and LOVELY beautiful, like it does in some places.
    We go from a dry golden grass -to BROWN over night. The first big wind comes along and KNOCKS all the brown leaves off the trees and BAM! They're naked.
    We're still warm here. Not warm enough to swim...not cool enough to have the A/C off all day.
    I almost feel the same way. Autumn. I hate your guts!
    Wow! that feels good saying that out loud... or in writing at least. :)

  9. Welcome back Cass! I hope you continue to blog on after 6 years of it. I always enjoy your posts. What a sweet photo of the talented Dylan. Happy Fall and October to you.

  10. Cass,

    Happy Blog-iversary! I think I am winding down on the blogging. This new house and all it entails is consuming me. I am more apt to "play" on FB. However, I am not about to throw the towel in yet. I think your blog was one of the first I followed.

    So, enjoy the autumn and get ready for the holidays and before you know it summer will be back!


  11. I am so happy to see your post cuz I miss your wit and charm! You started about the same time I did with my old blog, and you were one of my first friends in the blog world. Autumn in New England is on our list, now that we have retired.

  12. Happy Anniversary Cass! Glad to see you are back and your dog is darling!

  13. Happy anniversary! I always love to see that you've got a post up!

  14. Congrats on your Blogiversary! I've been barely blogging good to see a post from you and hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Happy Autumn!
    Miss Bloomers

  15. Happy anniversary to you Cass and to your Old House. It has been a long time since I have been by. Like you I find little time to blog anymore but manage to post now and then. When you are at work all the time there is little to write about. I could post all kinds of things about my work but then I would lose my job.
    I am glad to hear you are going to keep on blogging and will try to be a better bloggy buddy and come visit more.

  16. I've just newly discovered you so Hello, and Happy Blogiversary! I adore autumn - except for that nagging feeling that winter is right around the corner....


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