Friday, November 9, 2012

My Friend George

For the first two-plus decades of my life, season changes only happened on television, in the movies, and in storybooks. I didn't put up seasonal decorations - cuz they wouldn't match the weather around me in Southern California. Why put a plastic snowman out when average winter high  temperatures are in the upper 60s?

Finally, just a month or so ago, I decided that, now that I live in a place that HAS actual seasons, my front yard could use some appropriate ornamentation. So, on my weekly trip to Meijer, I got myself a new friend.

Meet George
Isn't he cute? And just perfect for autumn, don't you think?

But, you see, that very well may be the problem. Maybe I say this every year, but I've been living in Michigan for eighteen years now, and it seems this has been the oddest fall EVER. On Monday, high temps didn't make it to 40. This coming Sunday, they're forecasting 68 degree highs. Frost one morning - shorts another. What season is it anyway?

Even the trees are confused!
I drove past this tree, just down the street from my house, earlier this week. It's like half of it is in spring, and the other half in winter. Sorta how the weather seems these days.

Trust me, I don't mind it. The variety is nice. And it's certainly better than a foot of snow  in early November. But I'm not sure George agrees. It seems, for the past couple days, he's been pretty upset. So upset, in fact, that he can't face me.

I've repeatedly turned him "face out," but he won't stay that way!
Joanne Sher. Traveling rough roads with God’s strength. An Open Book.Not sure what his issue is. Maybe he just can't stand to look at the ever-changing weather. Or perhaps he's embarrassed to be out in the wintery and/or springy weather, when he KNOWS he's a fall dude.

The good part is - no matter which way he's facing, he's still smiling.

 

What kind of seasonal/autumn decorating do you do?


14 comments:

  1. First, I love George. I think he keeps turning because he knows that there is more to life than standin one spot, doing one thing. He can't move out of his zone but he can visually take it all in. Love the tree. I laughed out loud. Happy Fall in Michigan.

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  2. Thanks, Talkkindness! It was a FUN post to write - and that tree just KILLED me! It inspired the whole idea - though George's back to me was a bit of an inspiration too. Have a blessed day - wherever you are! ;)

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    1. Love that tree! Thanks for the giggle this morning.

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    2. You're VERY welcome, Cherie. Crazy, eh?

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  3. Super fun post. Good job. I have a scarecrow something like yours that I've had for years & love him! Sometimes I have to give him a "touch up" but he still decorates my porch when Autumn comes around.

    Next to Christmas, Autumn is my very favorite season to decorate! Wreaths, pumpkins, hay bales, Mums, all outside;. Inside: fall ropes, lots of table decorations, etc.

    Love fall! Smiling. . .

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    1. I'm a HUGE Fall fan too, Caroline. I love the changing colors.

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  4. Hilarious! Maybe George is just shy. I'm hosting my writers group in my house this year since I can't drive at night anymore, so brought out some decorations. I have ceramic pilgrim people and a cute pile of turkeys I bought at craft fairs for the table and a pair of candles that look just like ears of corn.

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    1. I could see myself collecting interestingly-shaped candles. They sound CUTE. The turkeys and pilgrims too. And if George is shy, he's definitely in front of the WRONG house! LOL

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  5. You've inspired me to take my little guys with the scrappy clothes and permanent smiles out of their dungeons so they can enjoy the fall weather :) Hopefully, they'll be better behaved! Thanks for the smile today, Jo. I sure needed it!
    God Bless.

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    1. Glad I could cheer you up, Nancy - and I'm sure the little guys will thank you too :D

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  6. So cute. I especially like the confused tree. I know how it feels.

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  7. He's a cutie! I don't do much for decorating. Fall has been too busy just trying to get buttoned up for winter. Like you said, the seasons are confused. Who knows when real winter is going to strike?

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  8. Where I live pumpkin, corn, and Christmas tree fields surround us, so "decorations" are already in place. But we did put a pumpkin out front until we couldn't wait any longer to glop out the seeds and roast them for fall snacks. Zoe M. McCarthy

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