31 October 2014

Leaving Trader Joe's Feeling Gross

On Wednesday I was out running errands. It was a nice day. I had a French thing going on that day with my hair in a bun on top of my head, aviators, navy and white stripe shirt, khaki shorts, and nude ballet flats. As I went into various stores, I noticed a few of the elderly men stared at me. I was afraid that I had toilet paper stuck to the bottom of my shoe. So, I just held my head high and grocery shopped. A few of the men did head nods and one gentleman even tipped his hat towards me! I love senior citizen day!

Today I went to more stores and wore a long striped t-shirt (similar but in navy & peach) and leggings so I was covered from head to toe. There were not too many men, but those that I saw stared at me, like the older men, but in a demeaning way. Why is that okay? Why is it okay for men to ogle women...to think they have that right?

Is it because they have not been taught manners? Is it because they are misogynistic? Is it because Generation X and younger are self-absorbed? Is it because of the porn industry?

In my opinion, manners do matter. If you think a girl is pretty, then take a glance, but then move your eyes along. Looking at a girl up and down and making them feel self-conscious because you're undressing her with your eyes and imagining her on a website is not cool. It makes me feel gross. I shouldn't feel gross coming out of Trader Joe's.

I realize that not many men read my blog, so I may not be making any change, but I hope that us mothers/grandmothers/aunts of young men can lead them in using their manners. Glance, tip your hat, be nice...you have no right to do anything otherwise unless a girl invites you to verbally.

28 October 2014

Vera Bradley sale (Last Day!)

 Vera Bradley is having a very rare two day online outlet sale. My cousin that has a major VB addiction told me about it yesterday. I went on last night and found a few things to get for Christmas presents (and 1 gift for me :).  VB has a warehouse sale the first weekend in May in Ft. Wayne, IN. Once they came here (Atlanta) for a warehouse sale, which is where I bought all of my luggage and many Christmas gifts but that was 8 years ago**.

This is what I purchased for myself. I love the Vera bags. It has a lot of organizational pockets. I love these for traveling or running errands like doctor's appointments. I have one from 2006 in Hope Toile print. I have not liked but two patterns (Summer Cottage and Ribbons) for years.The one above, Ribbons, is one of the few without paisley. I prefer the older, gentler, feminine patterns like Toile, Elizabeth, or Provence. Ribbons is sweet and looks great on the Vera bag for fall.
 Unless I am traveling by airplane, I exclusively use Vera Bradley luggage. This bag (that I purchased for my University of Kentucky fan aunt) goes over the handle of a roller suitcase so it's the best of both worlds! I also bought this tote and wallet to match.
iPad cases are so important. The other day I actually yelled, "oh no, my baby!" while watching my iPad drop to the carpeted floor (It's just fine, shoo). It has a cover but not an actual case that would be great for taking it out. I purchased this one.

There are a few more items I purchased, but do not want to share in case friends or family read my blog and then are not surprised. If you have friends and family that are fans of Vera Bradley, check out the sale today!

**I was pretty excited to see that my picture of my luggage was on Vera Bradley's Instagram account.:)

23 October 2014

Technology v. Paper, or Planning for Type B

No matter how badly I strive to be a Type A girl, I'm not. I love organizational products. The Container Store is like a dream to an organizational product junkie like me. My house is fairly organized. I've always adhered to "everything has a place and everything in it's place" while in the house. In my own little world is an ADHD girl that if still on Ritalin would be thinner and have my head organized, but possibly a junkie. As, that's not what I'm going for I deal with my ADD through diet as best as I can.  

So, how does a girl like me do it? I make lists...lots of lists. The question is remembering my lists, remembering to put stuff on my lists, and follow up with my lists. I use both technology and paper for different lists. Since I'm so easily distracted and forgetful, I have to use both methods for different reasons:
  • Shopping list and menu plan- For about 10 or so years of married life I would literally forget my list upon walking out the door. My husband would put a post it note on the door to get my list and he would put any returns in my car the night before. My receipts are organized but I would forget to bring the receipt with me so he makes sure to ask me for it before putting the return in the car. He would get me organized as that's his mojo! A few years ago he bought me an iPod Touch after seeing my sons use one and that it has a notes section. He figured that I could use the notes section to write my shopping list and I would have that with me all of the time because the camera was so much better than my BlackBerry Curve. Now, I use my iPhone's notes section and can easily text a list to him or my daughter if they are near a store that I need something. I no longer need the Post-It note*! I also make my menu plan and post it here with links to recipes needed. So, I put my iPad on my counter (and turn off the automatic screen shut off, learned this the hard way while making something that was boiling over and needed the next recipe step) and cook away.
  • To do lists- Seeing success with my shopping list on my phone I hoped that I would have equal success with using technology to help me remember work and personal to do lists. I was wrong, really, really wrong. I began using the Reminders section on my iPod and then iPhone to keep up with my to do lists. Well, with it being on my phone I would forget to pull it out or that something was needed by a certain time. So I began using Reminders with alerts. I would close out the alert thinking I would get to it, and immediately get distracted. Then it would just sit there. Seriously, polishing my silver has been on my reminders list for about a year. So, I went back to my paper lists and am finding it be be successful. The only problem I have with that is remembering to bring my lists with me wherever I go, but I keep a notebook in my purse that I use to add to my list when I get home. I keep my legal pads out on my table so I can always be reminded of combining my lists. I have one legal pad for work, one for personal notes (haircuts, polishing that silver, errands, etc.), and one for blogging. (I am going to invest in this blog pad ASAP!) For Christmas lists, I use paper to make big list as I purchase most things online. This notepad is perfect for it.
  • Calendars- When my children were younger, I used a white board calendar that I bought at Pottery Barn outlet (the best organizational system, in my opinion). I had a decorative paper calendar on the wall, but it was just for birthdays and an inexpensive decoration  in the kitchen and office area. Everyone could see whom was doing what at any given time and there wasn't the excuse of "I didn't know". They knew! It was literally in black and white! Once everyone had phones or iPod Touch's then we went to an electronic calendar so we could all get those alerts. Since my husband does not use an Apple product, he added my calendar (home section, not work) to his Outlook, which is also on my laptop. I "invite" my children when adding an appointment they need to be at or it's used for my son's Live Lessons for his online school. I still have Colonial Williamsburg calendar that I get as a donor and Rifle Paper Co's calendar on the walls for inexpensive decorations. 
*I still write the places I need to go on my hand so that I don't have to look at my phone and I don't forget.

Are you a Type A personality or Type B? What has worked for you?

21 October 2014

ten signs you know you're a WASP

1.) The bartender at PJ Clarke's knows how you take your G&T.

2.) Your ancestors came over on the Mayflower.

3.) A box of Triscuits is your idea of a lavish buffet.

4.) Slim Aarons took your parents' family Christmas card photo.

5.) Someone in your family took a gap year—or two.

6.) Your name is Elizabeth, but everyone calls you Bitsy.

7.) You have a great forehand, a record erg time, and were the captain of your boarding school lacrosse team.

8.) A character in a Whit Stillman film is modeled after a member of your family.

9.) You think of the five boroughs as the Upper East Side, Greenwich, Bedford, Locust Valley, and Far Hills.

10.) Your family has had a subscription to T&C for as long as you can remember.

20 October 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts have become a fall and winter staple in this household for the last few years. I did not grow up eating this cruciferous vegetable as my mother did not like them (I think it's the smell more than the taste, as let's face it, they smell like gym socks). Back when I was a Food Network junkie, I watched The Barefoot Contessa, Mrs. Ina Garten, make these on her show. I've since made a few changes, but the overall recipe is her idea, or maybe others before her, I don't know, but I do know she was the first person I saw with the idea. I now roast everything pretty much the same way all winter long. Come spring, the oven does not get turned on much so the roasting all but stops.

So, you start by buying these cabbage jewels on the stalk from Trader Joe's, or in a bag from wherever. I have not tried this with frozen sprouts, so I can not verify their outcome. Then turn on your oven and preheat at 400*.

Then you take each of the sprouts off of the stalk. Some have long leaves like this which you pull away as shown below. Take off any and all loose leaves just as you would when using cabbage or iceburg lettuce.

Then you cut the sprouts in half, or if small then you can keep whole. It's to make them all about the same size for cooking time.

After cutting, rinse in a colander and pat dry. Then place in a large bowl. Toss with enough olive oil to coat (I use about 2 Tbsp.) Sprinkle herbes de Provence over it (about 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. depending on how many sprouts you have.). This stuff is amazing! I put it in vinagrettes and on fish and chicken. It's soooo good.


Then, I sprinkle with about 1/2 tsp. fleur de sel, which is a fancy coarse sea salt. You could also use pink Himalayan if you have that on hand. I use this when roasting everything but carrots. It's a bit too much for them so I use plain sea salt (and cinnamon).


Place on a baking sheet (I lined mine with parchment paper for easy clean up). Then bake for 20 minutes or so. They should be brown and crispy.

See? I eat the crispy pieces and leave the rest for everyone else. ;) So good!


P.S. I apologize for my pictures. I'm asking for Photoshop for Christmas so I can brighten these babies up.


19 October 2014

Menu Plan Monday

As our temperatures have cooled slightly (no 80* temps.!), I'm in full on fall mode. Now, squash of any kind is not popular here. So, though squash is cheap right now, I'm not going to make it this week. Maybe a week off will make people want it again next week. Also, my husband will be out of town from Friday until Sunday so we will be gorging on gluten since he is gluten free and we rarely eat gluten. Plus, we will be eating Chick-fil-A at least once!

Sunday- meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts
Monday- Thai coconut corn soup, salad, pumpkin croutons
Tuesday- pesto chicken, rice, roasted parmesan green beans
Wednesday- warm tuna and chickpeas on kale (did not make last week)
Thursday- Southwestern quinoa casserole, sweet potatoes, buttermilk ranch salad
Friday- Papa John's pizza (use coupon)
Saturday- sweet and sour chicken, fried rice, and broccoli

This week's recipe that typically comes at the end of my menu plan will be published tomorrow.

17 October 2014

This and That

Now that it is mid-October, it is finally time to begin looking for fall clothes. I know many of y'all have been wearing fall clothes for a month or more but until this week, the highs have been in the low 80's. Today we are to hit 79, but for the next ten days our temperatures will hover around 70/50. We are in the transitioning phase of wardrobe. I can wear my (non white or eyelet type) dresses with blazers/cardigans/chambray shirt. My khaki shorts, which are too big but dearly loved, have been worn since March will be put away once the highs go below 70. I'm perusing the internet for some new items since the only pants I own are leggings, and those technically are not pants but thick stockings. I do have one pair of unflattering jeans from Old Navy to wear if necessary. So, where am I looking for clothes? First, Goodwill and Salvation Army. One can find Pendleton (I did last week! Score!), Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, etc. As my weight loss has plateaued, which should change once I begin swimming again next month, but I know what size I will generally wear so unlike last year when I was rapidly losing, I can purchase other than inexpensive and cheaply made Old Navy. I'm planning to purchase some pants and Bean Boots from L.L. Bean (I'm going to give their khakis another go), dresses from Gap and Vineyard Vines, white ocbd from RL, and a few odds and ends from Forever 21. Mulberry color trend is everywhere. I saw an adorable purse in it on Lush to Blush, which is how I would need to use it...in accessories. With my coloring, it would not look good next to my skin. I have a wine wool car coat with black velvet collar so that will probably be my use of that trend. My other favorite trend is a WASP favorite-tartan. I love that it is found everywhere! I'll do a post next week with my favorites as I'm still going through all of the fall favorite websites.

So I was a mean mommy this week. I was selfish and made a pie that I knew nobody else but me liked. I took two boxes of Jello's pumpkin spice pudding and made it with cow's milk then mixed in a tub of Tru Whip and poured it into a graham cracker crust. You see, I rarely ever get more than a few bites of any dessert I make so I selfishly made one that is all mine. My daughter is lactose intolerant (though that didn't keep her from eating 2 pieces and taking Lactaid enzyme ;), my husband can't have gluten, and my son hates pumpkin anything. So, it has lasted me almost a whole week!

On Instagram I posted a video of my pantry. It is the fullest that it has ever been! Seriously! On Sunday evening my husband and I went to Harry's Farmer's Market. Harry's was bought by Whole Foods, which opened in a new location on Tuesday. So, the entire store was 50% off. We went through the entire store and filled our cart pretty high. At checkout they announced that everything was 75% off, including supplements and wine! So, after checking out, my husband went through again so he could pick out what wine he likes (I don't care for wine very much). We bought $600 worth of food for $110! Needless to say that we are stocked up. It was a fulfilling experience. :)

If you recall, a few weeks ago I posted about Vogue's 73 things with Anna Wintour. Reese Witherspoon's is the greatest. I totally want to be her friend.

I'm currently reading 10 Curzon Street about Nancy Mitford's letters to a bookshop owner and all I keep thinking of is one of my favorite British shows, As Time Goes By, where they mention in the second episode how Lionel and Jean met when Lionel asked her how to get to Curzon Street. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! I'm meeting a friend for brunch tomorrow otherwise I hope there's picnicking involved.

14 October 2014

Alton Brown on Seersucker

"Beyond ponchos, you wear bow ties and have your own line. Is there a connection between bow ties and Southern food?

Yes! Well, Southern culture in general…I’m not going to say food. Bow ties are the most iconic piece of Southern menswear. What they say is, I care. I’m willing to be a little bit of a dandy, but I’m a rake at the same time. I’m a little bit dangerous, but I’m a little bit floppy, too. I remember being on a book tour for Feasting on Asphalt, and I was doing a signing in Oxford, Mississippi, in this old-school men’s store, and it was so hot I needed to buy a seersucker suit. And as I was walking out, there was this yellow bow tie that had little blue monkeys on it. When my father died, I was bereft of male role models and for some reason I latched onto Humphrey Bogart. His character Rick Blaine in Casablanca was everything I wanted to be as a man—and he wore bow ties. I learned how to tie them in the eighth grade because Bogart did. I hadn’t worn them in a long time, and I’m walking out of this men’s store in Oxford and I see this yellow tie and I’m like, I’m going to buy that freaking tie. And when I put it on, I became something.

So do you consider your “Southernness” part of your image?

It’s reflected in the fact that to be a Southerner suits everything that I want to be. One, you’re a little bats--- crazy. All good Southerners are pretty much kinda mad. I like that. Being Southern means constantly being at war
 with God over something. We all are. And I embrace that, too. I embrace that battle. I embrace the traditions that are hard to let go. I like traditions. I may have arrived today on a motorcycle, but under my motorcycle suit, I’m wearing seersucker."

As quoted in Garden & Gun. The rest of the article is worth your few minutes to take a gander.

13 October 2014

The Conservative Feminist

In the last few weeks I have read both Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book Hard Choices and Ben Carson’s One Nation. These are not my typical books as I love a classic fiction before bed as any other makes me lie awake thinking about what I read and analyzing it thoroughly, which defeats the purpose of reading before bed. However, In reading these books I started thinking about feminism. I mean Hillary is the poster child for feminism outside of Gloria Steinem, of course. But, why are most feminists democrats, or liberal minded? Is that a pre-requisite?
Time published an article about celebrity feminism. With Tina Fey, Sheryl Sandberg, and Lena Dunham writing books about standing up for your fellow women and working hard. I thoroughly enjoy reading books by women in business. Strong women are #trending and that is a wonderful thing as long as it’s substance and not fluff. Beyonce, Fey, Sandberg, and Dunham have worked their butts off to get where they are and I think that is important for women to remember. Women have to work harder to get to the executive point of men. This morning I was reading Fortune’s  40 under 40 and thinking about how few women there are, but is there a reason? Granted 80% were tech company leaders and the population of women in tech companies is small.
Women generally want to help other women as we are typically caregivers and loving as God made us. Obviously that doesn’t mean we can’t work hard and be difficult and bossy. I LOVE telling people what to do. Giving advice on creating a wardrobe, parenting, writing is my favorite thing to do in the world outside of shopping and binging on Hallmark Channel movies. Does this mean that I should own a multi-national conglomerate? Maybe. Maybe not. And that’s okay. Will I be a celebrity feminist? Probably not. 
You see, I’m conservative in my political stance. I support other women. I fully support a woman’s decision to work outside of the home. However, I am not pro-choice. I support a woman in having access to the best in healthcare, being the breadwinner, deciding not to have children or have them without killing a child that has already been created. I’m pro woman but not pro killing someone that wasn’t given a choice. So, am I no longer a feminist? No! I love women. I support women. I honestly would have voted for Hillary had she won the primary in 2012. (To set the record straight, I voted for Mitt Romney.) Ivanka Trump is my hero. She is a conservative feminist and the only celebrity feminist that I truly look up to. Ben Carson’s mother was a pro-life feminist as she worked to provide for her family and raised her boys to value education and women. Mothers of boys can raise feminists without leaving the house. That is what I’ve done. My boys know to treat everyone the same and if a girl is better at something than them, high five her.
In conclusion, girls are taking over the world, and that’s a good thing. I just hope many are conservative as well.

10 October 2014

Removable Wallpaper

A few weeks ago we had our flat painted (in one week!). Since having it painted I realized that I don't like the basic beige that the owners used and would like to put in some more color. I don't want to paint it ourselves as we would have to repaint it when we leave in the next two years. The only curtains I can change is in the living room area as the bedrooms need the black out curtains. I intend to purchase a new valance for the living room, but I want it to match the ...removable wallpaper! This way, when we do move the wallpaper can move with us. I read it on Katie's blog a few years ago then saw a few pins from Apartment Therapy that sealed the deal. This week I have been perusing several sites and thought I'd share my favorites and will take final pictures once it's up. As our rooms are not terribly big I only want 1 wall papered in the bedrooms and living room, but all of the bathrooms. My husband and I have not agreed on a picture that goes above the bed so I think this kills 2 birds in that room. Muzzie was always surprised about my husband's decorating opinions, but he does let me know what he wants and will take down anything he doesn't like. (He's a metrosexual. ;)

Etsy has, BY FAR, the largest selection of removable wallpaper.  Seriously, it's like a rabbit hole! Here are a couple of my favorites:
This will probably be in our bedroom and bathroom. 
 I'm thinking of this in the kid's bathroom. Maybe have silver or gold and kelly green accents.

 This also comes in bright pink gingham that is so adorable. 

Another neat resource is Urban Outfitters. My daughter likes a lot of their retro typed housewares and clothing. Personally, I think it may be a bit overpriced.
 I'm thinking of this for my son's room. 
 This is the only one my daughter and I could agree on. She's moving out in a few months so I'm not sure if I'll paper her wall just yet. I may wait until she leaves and decide. I'd love to do another pretty floral.
 This will probably be in the living room. I'm a bit concerned about the navy matching my navy leather furniture so this one is still just a possibility.

Anthropologie has several adorable wallpapers, but only 2 would match the rest of the walls:

 Love this, but am not sure which room I'd hang it.
I saw this on Carly's blog and loved it!

Laura Ashley has the best wallpaper though it's not removable. I'm just posting it as I'm in love with them:
 This would be in my son's room
This would totally be in my bedroom
 Living room, of course.
My daughter would not like any of the wallpapers for her wall. I'm 90% finished with a post on Laura Ashley. I just need a picture taken. So look for it next week!

Apparently chevron print is still trending. I liked it for about a month, but the market completely became saturated and I will be happy if I never see chevron again. Etsy has a ton of chevron prints. Urban Outfitters has limited amounts, but very cool ones. Being a traditionalist, I would prefer to have those from Laura Ashley, but not when I'd have to take it off upon moving. 

Where are your favorite places to shop for home goods? Do you have any other resources for removable wallpaper that are preppier?

07 October 2014

For Today

For Today
October 7, 2014

Outside my window... breezy, sunshiney warm day. We have to close the windows tonight though as tomorrow it will be warm again. I enjoyed the five days they were open.

I am thinking... that I am blessed.

I am thankful... that 9 months into serving in the Army, that my son is safe and healthy. I'm sending a care package today and hope enjoys his chocolate.

I am wearing... pink fit and flare dress, black capri leggings, black ballet shoes, hair is long and straight.

I am creating... schedules for doctors appointments as our insurance changes at the end of the month so I need to fit everything in.

I am going... to the post office today. 

I am wondering... if online school is a good thing for Bry.

I am reading... One Nation by Ben Carson, MD and listening to Love Letters by Debbie Macomber.

I am hoping... to be able to attend my niece's wedding in Ohio the beginning of next month.

I am learning... how to switch my blog to Wordpress.

Around the house... printing pictures to hang on the walls kind of like a gallery down the hallway.

In the kitchen... see yesterday's post (breakfast was biscuits and gravy).

I am pondering... whom I will vote for next month.

A favorite quote for today... “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” 

One of my favorite things... The Archers podcast

A few plans for this week: outside of work, errands, and church, just finishing the pictures and getting them hung.

A peek into one of my days from this week... My son getting his haircut

06 October 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I'm trying some new dishes that I found on Pinterest this week. So if you try them know that they are not tried and true recipes of mine. I will leave an asterisk beside them so y'all know. I still think having a small repertoire of dishes is very important, but why not try a few new ones? This week's recipe is not elegant, but is comfort food, and that's what fall and winter are all about. I found a variation of it in an old issue of Taste of Home's publication of Quick Cooking that I believe is no longer in print. My mother-in-love knew that when I married I knew absolutely nothing about cooking so she gave me a subscription for a number of years. That magazine really helped me build confidence in the kitchen. Vegetables are subject to change based on shopping this week.

Roasted asparagus
Trader Joe's Harvest Blend salad (the pumpkin croutons were amazing!)

salad with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

Sloppy Joe casserole (see recipe below)

black rice

gluten free biscuits
cheese tray (for protein)

roasted butternut squash

gluten free spaghetti & meatballs
brussel sprouts

Sloppy Joe's Casserole
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Brown 1 lb. of hamburger and 1 onion in 1 tbsp. olive oil; drain.

While browning, mix 1 cup of ketchup, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup mustard (whatever you have on hand, but I use Dijon), 1 tbsp. chili powder. Once the beef is browned and drained, then pour the sauce over the beef and mix. With the stove turned off allow the sauce to warm while you mix the rest of the ingredients.

In a 4 cup or larger mixing bowl, combine 2 cups Bisquick (I use Pamela's Baking Mix as it's gluten free), 2 beaten eggs, and 1 cup of milk. 

In a lightly greased 13x9 dish, add the meat mixture. Sprinkle it with 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I have used cheese slices before and it was delicious!). Pour the baking mixture over the cheese. sprinkle with 1 tbsp. sesame seeds if you have them on hand. Bake for 25 minutes. 

03 October 2014

On My Radar

A few years ago Ruthann posted on her blog that she listens to the Little Women (the 1994 version) sound track. She mentions it every Fall and last year I finally purchased it on iTunes. Now it's what I listen to and thought y'all may like to listen to it while perusing this post. Speaking of Ruthann, check out her Fall ebook and read it with a cup of apple cider or iced PSL (if you're in the South and it's still in the '80s, like me). It will get you in the spirit!

It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote a blog post on my franco obsession. Here is a few more articles about French style. Paris Fashion Week just ended and inspired me to share these: Secrets of French Style and A Chic French Beauty (I love her take on Kim Kardashian's body.)

Did y'all participate in Pizza Hut's Book-It program? One would need to read a certain number of books and when completed would take a voucher for a free personal pan pizza. The chain is bringing it back for us Gen Xers that participated in the '80s and '90s. Enroll now: Book-It Alumni.

I took this screen shot from my iPad this morning. As I was making my morning list and folding the laundry that my husband washed and plopped on the couch for me to fold, I watched the first episode of Gilmore Girls. The complete series is on Netflix as of today, as is Sleepless in Seattle. I really only care for the first 5 seasons. In my opinion, the writing just went downhill and unlike many people my age, I'm not okay with sleeping around. I'll probably watch Sleepless for the 500th time and enjoy it as much as the first time I saw it in the movie theater with Aunt Sunny.

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. There's so many changes lately and I've found that I'm not seeing many, many posts by friends. Marketers follow what you like and you're forced to see ads. My "friends" are primarily posting pictures rather than having conversations, which is the point of social  media. There's another new social media outlet called ello. I look forward to it being ad free! Here's Forbes Magazine review of ello.

01 October 2014

Welcome October


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.


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