Yesterday was “take the umbrella down” day. It’s a definite sign that the weather has changed enough that Mom and Dad don’t spend evenings on the deck having dinner at the table, or coffee in the mornings! Besides, we start getting a lot of windy days and nights in the fall – – – so the umbrella comes DOWN. The other thing that happens is that Mom cuts back (or even throws away) all the flowers she plants in the boxes on the deck…..even our one tomato plant in the big pot goes! The tomato gave us a LOT of tomatoes this year though – and it looked pretty tired and sad yesterday so Mom put it in the compost heap……back to nature……
Most people in our neighborhood have HUGE decks. Mom and Dad had a small one built – just our size. I like going out the kitchen door onto the deck sometimes instead of out the basement door – just like to change things up once in a while you know! Keep everyone on their toes. Anyway, yesterday after the umbrella came down, I was out on the deck just lying in the sun enjoying the day. It was a bit chilly but still nice. Besides, from up on the deck I have a better view of the woods out back and all the activity at our bird feeders by the woods. We had a total of 11 squirrels running around the yard yesterday – digging holes for acorns…..Mom says she wonders if the fact we have so many more acorns coming down from the trees than usual means we’re going to have a BIG winter. The squirrels seem to think so. They’re packing it away like crazy!
Mom says Mother Nature tells us a lot if we just listen……every year we’ve had bigger than usual acorns or larger sized acorns, we’ve had a lot of snow. Hmm……I’m rethinking that sweater idea.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Sammy, One Happy Deck Cat