Thursday, October 1, 2009

Early Fall Cold Streak

We are shivering here in Erie this week as an early autumn cold streak has been going through the northeast bringing us low 50s overnight and just mid-60s during the day, complete with a bit of rain each day.

But no doubt about it, we will have some warm and sunny October days and, if we're lucky, maybe even one or two in November!

One of my favorite autumn rituals occurred this week and I tried to capture it to share here: The publication of our annual fall foliage map--predicting when the trees throughout the state will be at their peak colors.

Here it is--and, according to the map, our peak time will be the middle two weeks of October.

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Here's a photo of our side entrance last year. Pretty nice!

PS. One extra note: If any of you who are in our area receive our daily newspaper, the Erie Times News, and if you are not already cutting out and saving their "money" promotion for their upcoming auction, would you consider doing so and sending them to me. A number of our sisters are collecting this "money" in hopes of making the winning bid on a much-needed item for their non-profit ministry. One that I know of is our House of Healing that is hoping to win the new washer and dryer that are part of the November auction. Many thanks!

PPS Do you remember this famous poster from the peace movement that says, "It will be a great day when our schools get all of the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." Well, not yet, but maybe some day!