October is here! And we all know what that means…
The leaves change color – then they fall.
The nights get colder – then one morning the grass is white with frost.
And we dig out the sweatshirts and coats.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer. But, the clock is ticking and the sun disappears earlier and earlier. Fall is here and we know what comes next.
Before all that happens, I want to revisit the colors of summer. These photos come from the Iowa State Fair. I had a small camera that day so the quality may not be the best. But, the photos bring back nice memories of that day.
And not to worry… I really like the colors of fall. And the stark days of winter.
September… the nights are cool and the days are perfect. The heat of summer is a fading memory. Not so long ago our temps were in the 90’s. The summer rains and humidity made the air heavy. The summer weather was great for the corn and soybean crops.
But, for people… Ugh.
So, what do you do when overheating while at the Iowa State Fair?
Some buildings are air-conditioned and offer a cool escape from the humidity. These buildings provide a number of benches so the weary visitor can recharge in comfort.
But, some of the younger visitors, including our grandkids, prefer a more active cooling experience outdoors.
Thank you Liam and Julia!
It has been awhile since I have posted… It has been a difficult stretch. Back in winter I found out I had prostate cancer. Then shortly after that my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip. She was 90 and a healthy woman. But, two surgeries took a heavy toll on her. She passed in May. That gave me a few weeks to help get the estate in order and the house ready to sell. She lived 90 miles away so it took time to go back and forth. Anyway, I had 4 weeks to get things done because I had my cancer surgery in early June. Since then, I have been in recovery mode. With so much going on, my mind has not been on the blog. Now I am back.
I will begin by remembering summer and some of the beautiful things in life. First on the list – going to the Iowa State Fair in mid-August.
I will start with a few photos of animals. The Iowa State Fair has great throngs of people making their way through buildings filled with animals.
The Fair has everything… cows, sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, llamas and more. I will only show a small part of what I took in that day. Hopefully, these photos bring back memories for you. Maybe you have been to a fair and enjoyed a day of wandering through the buildings looking at animals and eating all crazy foods on a stick. I’m not sure which is more popular – the animals or the eating. But, I bet if there was a poll, the food would win out. Anyway, for now, enjoy the animals. :)
Its that time of year… Some are taking stock of the year – have they been naughty or nice?
Others see it as a great time to see the family – here come all those relatives that have moved all over the country.
Others see it as a wonderful time to remember the true traditions of Christmas – the birth of the Christ child, the three wise men and Christmas music.
Others look forward to all the football bowl games.
It is also a time for dressing up the pouch. I thought I would share some really cute photos of dogs decked out for the holidays. Click below to see some awesome dog photos… and enjoy a few laughs.
Illinois is the land of Lincoln and I propose that Iowa is the Land of Legos. I know, I know… other states have Legos too. But, I think the photo above proves my point beyond any doubt. I took this photo at the place that is about as Iowa as any place on earth – the Iowa State Fair.
Maybe my Iowa Lego hype is overstated. Actually, Legos are wildly popular and this is not limited to Iowa or even the United States. Here are some surprising Lego facts. (Thanks Alisa Weinstein!)
— Children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO sets (worldwide).
— Over 400 million people worldwide have played with LEGOs.
— Over 400 billion LEGO pieces have been produced since 1949. That’s enough to reach from the Earth to the Moon ten times.
— Enough LEGO pieces are sold in one year to circle the world 5 times.
All our kids liked Legos and it appears the grandchildren also enjoy Legos. That lead to some questions.
How many of you have built things with Legos? How many have given Legos to their kids?
Before we all gather around the table and eat, I thought I would share some background on the holiday.
Our Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in early Puritan history. Prior to 1536 the Catholic world had 95 Church holidays in addition to the 52 Sundays where people were required to go to church. Church reforms reduced the number church holidays but the some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving were to replace the many church holidays – Fasting when there were disasters, droughts or threats to society and Thanksgiving feasts to celebrate victories.
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday seems to have started in the 1620’s in Plymouth Colony. Pilgrims and Puritans continued Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving. Over the years, the Thanksgiving tradition evolved into an annual harvest festival and it became a regular event in the 1660’s. The politicians eventually got into the act and all U.S. Presidents have given Thanksgiving messages.
Fortunately, many of the best aspects of the Thanksgiving celebration have survived through the centuries. Families get together and re-connect. People reflect on their blessings and offer thanks. And… they enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cranberry, good breads, pies, cookies and a wide range of other goodies to numerous to mention.
(I know, these photos do not look like typical Thanksgiving meals… but I like the photos.)
I wish you happiness as you gather with your family. Be Thankful.
Click on the link below for some fun pumpkin photos.