Nature Changes her Palette from Summer to Autumn Colors

Yesterday was a perfectly beautiful autumn day here along the Wasatch Front. Too bad there won’t be many more to follow, as change is already in the wind. Nature has already begun the final preparations for Utah’s winter canvas with her splashy autumn palette.  So I’m taking the time to enjoy a few seasonal leftovers from our Wasatch garden with you.

Before we go into the back yard, here’s a glimpse of the group of Aspens near the stairway entry to our house. (By the way, Hubby wants everyone to know that it was HE who took these beautiful pictures. But it was with MY camera!)

Here’s the view just outside our back yard. The deer and other winter critters will be congregating here soon. That’s Mount Olympus on the right. At an elevation of about 9,000 feet above sea level, it’s one of the most prominent and recognizable mountains viewable from practically every location in the Salt Lake Valley.

You remember that hideaway I showed you in another garden tour, the one Hubby worked so hard on this spring? Here’s how it looks finished as much as it’s gonna be and nestled among the western scrub oaks. You know how many times he actually used it over the summer? Exactly as I predicted: zero (just too hot in the summertime)!

This is area between our house (the bottom roofline) and our neighbor (top left). If you can make it out, the green along the fence is the grapevine that hangs over our side (we get to pick those) and they taste so good, I’m sure they would make excellent summer wine. The red maple wears this red dress all year except winter when she sheds all her clothes and wears white snow. A lot.

To end my garden tour, here are the last splashes of summer’s colors from our summer roses. I’ll be clipping them off tonight because our forecast for a low tonight is 34 degrees in the valley, so that’ll mean frost here most probably in the mountain benches. I’ll miss the flowers and the autumn colors.

Hope you’re taking the time to enjoy your seasonal change no matter where you are.

A Salute to Women With Red Purses!

What kind of a woman carries a red purse? Are you one of them? or married to one? Let me tell you how much I admire you, (or them) and why.

For the past ten or twelve years, I’ve had a red purse that I’ve never used. Even as I was digging in my wallet to pay for it, I suspected I’d never have the nerve to carry such a purse. I could imagine the handles tucked over my shoulder and hear it shouting look at me! look at me! and knew then it wasn’t something I would easily accomplish. All these years later, it’s still tucked away in a storage box only to be admired when I’m digging through looking for something else.

I found it in an obscure strip mall shop in Las Vegas that sold brand items at deep discount, the kind of place you have to check the merchandise carefully to be sure you know what you’re getting. It’s made of the softest leather–like the finest of lambskin gloves–and has the nicest assortment of zippered inner compartments with additional pockets hidden inside each one. There’s even a deep tabbed pocket on each side. Inside it contains a matching leather-tabbed keyring but, because the matching inner folding wallet is missing, it was marked down drastically. There are plenty of other places to tuck your money, so after circling the store several times while mulling it over, thinking I’d get distracted and forget about it, I finally admitted defeat. If it’s still there when I get back, then fate has decreed that it’s mine.  I circled once more to be absolutely certain, then headed back to the purse rack to claim it. 

Maybe someone out there can tell me why I continue to keep it–or even better–why I bought in the first place, when I knew I couldn’t or wouldn’t use it. Even the arm chair psychologist in me has tried to figure it out many times. Its big but not obtrusive. And it’s a purse organizer’s dream. Maybe it’s the color. Red is a color of attraction. Most of the time I’d rather blend into the walls and watch, and red places you front and center. The hidden pockets inside must be important too. How about places inside where the important things can be tucked but not scrutinized. How about safe. I think much of my life has always been about keeping myself safe. Substitute the word judge for scrutiny and we may be on to something.

Meanwhile I’ll continue to hold onto it in case the day comes that I have the nerve to carry it with me for the rest of the world to see.

Postscript: Mary Margaret, this post is dedicated to you and your Red Purse Stories blog, and to all the brave women of the world not afraid to carry red purses.