I Can Feel It, I Can Just Feel It

 “Well, the sun’s not so hot in the sky today. 

I can feel summertime slipping away.

A few more geese are gone,

A few more leaves turning red.

From “September Grass” James Taylor

I can feel it.

Ever so slightly. But I can just feel it. Barely. But there.


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  1. Hi Rebekah!

    My all-time favorite comfort food is anything Mexican – that might be because I grew up in New Mexico with the true blue authentic Mexican food that my Momma cooks. I miss it. But, Pasole is my favorite. 🙂 And tacos. And tamales made from scratch. And red enchiladas made from the red chile hanging on the porch to dry. And on and on!

    I really truly DO NOT think we need to love snakes. Seriously. I think we just have to learn to co-exist. We see them on our farm but only occasionally. They love the cool, dark woods so I kind of stay out of the woods in the summer time. There is one spot in our woods that our road runs through and the other day what did I see but a black snake wrapped around one of the trees just watching me drive by. It did give me a mild heart attack. However, we have not seen ANY poisonous ones. I try to take comfort in that. But I will not EVER love them! 🙂

    We feel a little hint of Fall in the air too… and unlike you, I’m SAD! I love, love, love summertime and all that it entails. Even the hot humidity I love. Fall is marvelous and wonderful but it means winter is just around the corner and THAT is what I don’t like!


    – Dori –

    • Marcie says:

      a note about snakes – I guess I am one of those that think there’s a place for all God’s creatures … snakes. I saw a photo the other day of a black snake eating another snake. Turned out it was a non-poisonous snake eating a Copperhead, a very poisonous snake – in someone’s yard. The good snake had come to the rescue.

      Enjoying our ‘touch of fall’ here in the Smokies with our cool temps – while it last. Soup will soon be on our list of foods too.

      • Dori Troutman says:

        Marci, the ranch I grew up on out West, we had rattlesnakes everywhere. They would even get in the house at times. King Snakes were our BEST FRIENDS. My dad would put up with anything with a King snake because of them eating the rattlers. And also chasing them off. They do not co-habitate well. And yes, you are so right… there is a place for all God’s creatures and I try to think of that when I say I can’t love snakes. 🙁

  2. Denise says:

    Here In Australia we are heading into spring after a very short and mild winter. I’m planning on gardening more, I’m a very new beginner with it but I’m enjoying the outdoors after working indoors five days a week. I’m very excited about it all. I’m using pots at the moment since we rent our home so i can take it all with me when we leave. I love the cool mornings and evenings and lovely warm days. For me Autumn is my favorite time of year, such pretty leave colours and crisp days. I love being outdoors In it.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m grateful fall is getting here so quickly. I love the way the light changes – it turns everything golden – and the cool temperatures in the morning and football weather! Plus, it means that winter is on its way and I need the rejuvenation of winter these days. Thanks for blogging – I love your enthusiasm!

  4. Elaine says:

    I absolutely love Fall and it is my favorite time of the year. The beautiful colors, and the cool weather are energizing. After all the HOT and dry weather we have had in N GA this year, I am very ready for some cooler temperatures to descend into this part of the world. I always forget about the bean count until it is too late, but I think we only had one foggy day here, so I guess we will have one snow this winter.

  5. Rebekah Teal says:

    Y’all, Here is the Granola Recipe.
    1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup water
    4 tsp vanilla
    1 tsp salt
    8 cups rolled oats
    some flax seeds (opt)
    1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
    1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
    dried fruit, like raisins, blueberries, cranberries
    smidge of flaked coconut
    Maple syrup or honey to taste (opt)

    Heat oven to 275.
    Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.
    Combine sugar and water in 4 cup measuring cup
    Mic on high for 5 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved.
    Remove and stir. Add vanilla and salt.
    In large mixing bowl, mix oats, nuts, brown sugar mix, and any maple syrup or honey you want to add. Mix thoroughly.
    Spread onto cookie sheets and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown.
    IMPORTANT: granola goes from not brown to BURNED fast. Keep and eye during those last 15 minutes or so. Take a wooden spoon and stir it around.
    When done, remove from oven and after cooled, add dried fruits and coconut flakes.
    Store in air tight container.


    Now, I’m headed to the barn to ride Cowboy Dan. Yee-Haw

  6. Deb Bosworth says:

    Hi Rebekah!
    Oh you are one lucky farmgirl. TWO horses to meet your needs instead of one. You go girl!
    Autumn has always been my favorite season, but since I became a flower farmer I’m already starting to feel sad about summer coming to an end. It’s like my babies are going off to college and I won’t see them for seven months. Not even a short visit. I’m sure once the crisp air arrives and the gentle turning of the leaves I’ll get distracted with all that I love about fall and feel better! It’s peach season right now, so I’m into baking anything with peaches until it turns to apple season then I’ll bake with apples. Your soups are always so inviting. I love the sound of this recipe. Like Dori, I was raised in the west, in Northern Nevada ( another hot spot for authentic Mexican food) where I could eat it to my hearts content. I miss the real deal too! Enjoy these salad days of summer! Hugs,
    Deb the Beach Farmgirl

  7. Gwen says:

    SO excited for Fall! I wish I could get snow for every time it was foggy, but we hardly ever get snow here in the UK.
    Awesome that you are looking after monarch butterflies, since they really need our help.

  8. Kathy Hansen says:

    Loved your kitty. A tiny little feral kitten showed up in our garage last October. Since we live in the country I thought something must have happened to Mama. It took us 1/2 hour to corner and catch her. Poor baby. It took about 2-weeks before we could let her out to explore. Now she rules the roost and kmows she is adored. Her name is Udi. Even my husband, a retired farmer, who only likes cats for mouse patrol, loves her. Feral kitties make wonderful pets when given lots of love. I look forward to your posts.

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