In praise of Fall

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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:06 pm

The wife and I were on the back lawn under a patio umbrella in some lounge chairs sipping toddies about 8:30 last night. There were dark, ragged clouds skirting by above us, and silent flashes of lightning everywhere in the distance. It doesn't feel like autumn has arrived just now, and yet we both noticed how something is noticeably changing. It just felt different.
The strain of the heat is losing it's grip, and there is a tangible, but quite subtle feeling of exhilaration, of expectation of some unnamed event waiting in the wings.
Hurry autumn!
So the words Fall and Autumn are not to be capitalized?
They are in my world.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby jdinid » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:14 pm

The river at the cabin is chocolate milk and we had to run through the rain to pack up today. The deer are already moving down to the river. Change is a coming.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:02 pm

Elephant Ears, and Funnel Cakes. Trout fillets, and Dutch oven cooking. Getting your picture taken in costume. Buying the Grandkids cotton candy, and yourself a bagel smothered in Salmon. Mountain Dew in a cup. Corn on the cob, and Turkey legs.

Smelling cow poop, and sheep poop, and seeing gargantuan rabbits.
Hearing a tractor pull under the Grandstands. Seeing Kenny Rogers under that same Grandstand the next night.

Seeing groups of just barely teenage girls trying to look so sophisticated and alluring for groups of teenage boys as they pass each other, and then breaking into squeals and giggles 50 ft beyond.

Crowds jostling and bumping, and groups stopping in the middle of the walk to block it all. Propellered spinners, and escaped balloons seen drifting by overhead. Seeing friends and all sorts of every description, and old folk sitting on benches lining the walk.

Ferris Wheels, and Bumper Cars, and throwing darts at balloons. The funhouse, The Flying Hammer, and long lines at the rides.
"You must be this tall to ride this ride"......... and nobody cares.

Is there anything to compare to a country State Fair?
A fall ritual.

Two and one half weeks from today.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:42 pm

Good old fashioned 'Gully Washer' came rolling into town this evening.
Heavy rain, thunder, a little lightning. Still a light rain falling here now.
August Monsoons they call it.
I like it!

Edit: Wow!
Not one, but now three super dumps have happened this evening, and the radar shows much more on the way.
If it holds together until it all gets here, I won't have to worry about flood irrigating this week either.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby blackrock » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:37 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:Elephant Ears, and Funnel Cakes. Trout fillets, and Dutch oven cooking. Getting your picture taken in costume. Buying the Grandkids cotton candy, and yourself a bagel smothered in Salmon. Mountain Dew in a cup. Corn on the cob, and Turkey legs.

Smelling cow poop, and sheep poop, and seeing gargantuan rabbits.
Hearing a tractor pull under the Grandstands. Seeing Kenny Rogers under that same Grandstand the next night.

Seeing groups of just barely teenage girls trying to look so sophisticated and alluring for groups of teenage boys as they pass each other, and then breaking into squeals and giggles 50 ft beyond.

Crowds jostling and bumping, and groups stopping in the middle of the walk to block it all. Propellered spinners, and escaped balloons seen drifting by overhead. Seeing friends and all sorts of every description, and old folk sitting on benches lining the walk.

Ferris Wheels, and Bumper Cars, and throwing darts at balloons. The funhouse, The Flying Hammer, and long lines at the rides.
"You must be this tall to ride this ride"......... and nobody

Is there anything to compare to a country State Fair?
A fall ritual.

Two and one half weeks from today.

Yep, we are always excited to hit the fair!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby blackrock » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:39 pm

Fsbirdhouse wrote:Good old fashioned 'Gully Washer' came rolling into town this evening.
Heavy rain, thunder, a little lightning. Still a light rain falling here now.
August Monsoons they call it.
I like it!

Edit: Wow!
Not one, but now three super dumps have happened this evening, and the radar shows much more on the way.
If it holds together until it all gets here, I won't have to worry about flood irrigating this week either.

Pretty light rain at our place, but it really came down in town. Flooded streets again. Hoping all the hills get some rain, they sure need it.......
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:04 pm

We have had either a major downpour about every thirty to forty five minutes, or a steady, drenching rain between those events, with no let-up.
There is more forecast for tomorrow.

I cannot remember such a wet August.
Not complaining!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby woodduck31 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:04 am

we had all kinds of warnings at around 5pm to 8pm yesterday. I looked at the radar and we were getting close to getting slammed from what I could see. We had a little light rain sometime before 6pm that kind of got the ground wet except for under the trees. The wind was blowing a bit for around here, but this old Kansas boy didn't notice much more than a normal blustery day back home. I hope it dumped up in the hills where the bears are to keep any of the lightning strikes at bay. We've had a few years of closures in the fall that kept us from hunting.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:18 am

The rain did not end until after 4:00 this morning.
Rained steady, and fairly hard all night.

On another note;
I think a grain field off in another direction is the new favorite of the local geese roosting across the river from me.
The last couple of days has seen the numbers of them overflying the house drastically reduced, but that is likely to be only a temporary situation, as I've seen that happen in years past, only to have them shift back before the season actually starts.

I miss hearing the twice daily flights coming and going tho.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:12 pm

Yet another day and night of Monsoonal moisture coming up from the deserts SW yesterday.

This is absolutely the wettest August I can remember.
Heavy downpours for three days last week. Much heavier rains this week, and nearly all of last night.
Not that I'm complaining. I love a rainy day, and good sleep listening to it thru an open window at night, but it's keeping the river too high for good fishing. Maybe it will all come together in Sept.

I am always working on the countdown to fall thru the hottest months of summer, at least in spirit, but these latest rounds of wet weather have even my traditional hunting group starting to get excited about it's close approach in just a little over two weeks now. (at least for the dove hunt).

She hasn't brought up the fall decor from the basement yet, but very shortly we'll be picking out a couple of Autumn candles for the house. Back up to the living room floor will come the pheasant birdhouse with gold and orange leaves, pumpkins around the base next to the strutting pheasant. All the other garlands, autumn fireplace screen, a few duck and goose decoy center pieces on the dinning room table or coffee tables around the house.
Jan always knows how to transform our home from what I consider the drab trappings of summer, to the richer Autumn colors and scents.
At the moment I write this, the house is fairly permeated with the aroma of hot, spicy sausages being boiled in beer, and I'm enjoying a Gin & Tonic after an action packed morning much involved with yard work.

Our apples are growing rapidly now, and have achieved the size of billiard balls, and the plums are nearly to size but still quite green and hard.
Jim Cuddihy, a charter member of my hunting group, is one who has for years helped out by taking our overflow of apples and plums, and in return, I'm promised a very large jar of homemade plum jam (Best I've ever had), and Raspberry Jam as well.
As they get near to being ripe, I'll move the 12' step ladder out to the trees, and they (Jim and wife) can harvest as they will.
I believe that after lunch, I will nap.... and dream of the crowds at the fair, and all the food. A sky full of ducks descending over my newly revamped decoys thru a golden canopy of fall leaves, and the first wet snows of the autumn season.
See ya there!
So the words Fall and Autumn are not to be capitalized?
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby jdinid » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:04 pm

Fs, you certainly have a way with prose. :)

No more rain for a while. It's causing havoc with the garden and I got chased off the ladder while working on the cabin the other day. Standing on a metal ladder in a thunder storm just isn't too bright.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:11 pm

Get caught several miles from the boat launch in an aluminum boat on the river during one.
That'll role your socks up and down for ya!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:40 pm

Not that I mind, but no sooner do I get the duck decoys finished, than friends bring a pile of goose decoys over to flock.
I'll do the cheek patches Sat, and then Sunday show them how to do the flocking on the goose heads. Maybe help a little?

I hunt with these guys, and I want theirs in as good a shape as mine when we will be comprising them in a bigger overall spread.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:29 am

It's 7:00 AM, and I'm being serenaded by several flocks of geese passing over the house just now.
Seven weeks of easy living left for them. Seven weeks of change.

Hoping to get in one more trip out after Bass before that slows down. Next month will be time to chase the trout, and worry a few doves.

Wife is trying to talk me into taking her to Oregon at the end of Oct, but I've told her I intend to get in the best part of the first week of pheasant hunting before we go, and then it will be the "Dead Time" just after the local ducks and geese have gotten wise, and perhaps just before the first of the major Autumn storms begin to push the earliest migrants into the area.

This next week I'll be working on finding some twelve volt motors and batteries for a special project, and also spiffing up the motion decoys I already have in hand, and scouting areas I already have permission to hunt.. to clear deadfall out for better pond side blinds.
Should finish the last of the major 'Honey do's' this morning, and that will clear the way for all the rest!
So the words Fall and Autumn are not to be capitalized?
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby jdinid » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:43 am

Fsbirdhouse wrote:Get caught several miles from the boat launch in an aluminum boat on the river during one.
That'll role your socks up and down for ya!


Ha! I bet. I did get caught once about twenty miles up river and on the wrong side. I huddled against the bank for over an hour while I watched lightening bounce off the hillside opposite me. Marble sized hail can be painful.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:12 pm

Speaking of thunderstorms!
For several days now, Weather.com has been predicting thundershowers for this coming Tuesday, and since Jan and I have been doing major landscaping projects around the property for many weeks getting ready for the daughter's wedding reception to be held here outside next Saturday, we had been keeping our fingers crossed about the weather outlook.
In the last hour, all the weather forecast has just changed.
Rain! Tuesday thru Sat. Every day!
Yeah, that can all change again, by then, but........Uh Oh! :help:
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby blackrock » Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:27 pm

Fs we had monsoon rain, flooding and hail the day before the wedding as we were still doing all the outside preparation. River running down the driveway, which really ruined my plan to mow the entire yard (1 1/2 acres) the day before. So the big day was supposed to be all sunny and clear. We thought we were good, but the ground was soaked, humid and hard to mow soaked grass. They put out all the decorations, everything ready. Then right as about 90-100 guests arrived, dark cloud rolling down the canyon, soaking rain! Fortunately this one rolled through pretty quick. We had to redecorate real quick, wipe everything down and have the ceremony before another one came. Luckily the blue sky came out and she had the best darn wedding I'd ever seen! Most all the guests agreed! One of my best old college buds officiated and cooked Dutch oven cuisine. We had smoked pork, chicken, Dutch potatoes and everything else you could imagine. It was a fine day for an outdoor Idaho wedding!!!!!!!.....I need a long nap
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:30 am

Yes blackrock,
As we grow older we begin to regress back to our days in Kindergarten when a daily nap was essential.
I am a firm believer.
Every once in a while I'll snack on milk and cookies too! But the nap is a must.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:01 pm

Big crowd in the garage flocking goose heads on BigFoots and some floaters this morning.
Short bit of instruction on my part, and turned 'em loose. They did a good job! Coming back to do tails this week sometime.
First hunt with those will see them in Canada the end of September.
I will not be there this time, as my money is going into my current spread this year.

Sold some Flambeau floaters, and now will see another new slotted bag for more full bodies, and a box of twenty gauge shells for the pheasant hunt this year.
A box or two of 10 ga. goose loads to compliment the two 12 ga. 3 1/2" boxes I have for the A400. May grab a case of 3" #3 shot as well.

Lead weights & cords.
As expensive as decoys these days. Wow!
So the words Fall and Autumn are not to be capitalized?
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:14 pm

Hearing reports from all over that the rain has destroyed very much Hay and Wheat locally.
It is raining at the moment I type this.

The uncertainty of what dropping temps will do to our dove hunt over the next few days does dampen my anticipation about another good opener this year, but I'll be out there for it regardless.

Although low temps are forecast to drop into the high 40*s for several days, a warm up is expected several days before the dove opener actually gets here. I hope it warms right up for just that long.

Seeing further change to gold in a few willows and trees along the river banks. Even my Snowball bush in the backyard is showing the first signs that change may be coming much earlier than I can ever recall seeing in it in well over twenty years.
All of this may mean exactly nothing, but a few early September freezes would not be unwelcome, nor would an opening duck hunt blizzard be a disappointment either.
It has happened often enough to be a real possibility around here!
Hurry Autumn!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:47 am

One group just finished flocking their goose heads here at the house, and another two dozen heads showed up yesterday from yet another fellow.
I painted the cheek patches on those last night, and I suppose he and another will be back Sunday to actually flock them after a bit of instruction.

Friday will be an action packed day with getting the final touches on the yard before Saturday's wedding reception for the daughter..... after that things should slow down just a bit.

I'll be spending September going to the State Fair a few times, getting in an opening day dove hunt, tinkering with some motion decoys, doing a little fishing, attending the last of this year's DU banquets, up to Heise to winterize the 5th wheel, setting up the decoy trailer, daily training with the Lab, doing at least one more trip around to touch base with hunting contacts in the area, and of course......all the usual daily house/yard work is still to do until the wife retires. That includes dinners.

What you see me type here constitutes my actual break times. It's the only time I can find to sit down!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:08 am

Another major rain all night, and all thru the morning so far.

Never seen an August like this!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby jdinid » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:36 am

Just read the article on the wheat and hay crop. Given the potential before the rain, it's pretty tragic.

Given how August is going, fall and winter could be interesting. We already have flocks of geese flying over daily, the flock up by the cabin is gone, we have a resident doe already scoping out the area and for first time I can remember, we have a resident covey of quail.

I'm just hoping I get cabin repairs and paint done before it starts to freeze at this point.
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:35 am

jdinid wrote:Just read the article on the wheat and hay crop. Given the potential before the rain, it's pretty tragic.

Given how August is going, fall and winter could be interesting. We already have flocks of geese flying over daily, the flock up by the cabin is gone, we have a resident doe already scoping out the area and for first time I can remember, we have a resident covey of quail.

I'm just hoping I get cabin repairs and paint done before it starts to freeze at this point.


Hoping for early freezes, then good snows by middle/end October. No drastic cold spells.

Long faces on farmers today. Rolled his eyes up at rain laden skies, but still was given permission to hunt.
At least one Spud field will be back into wheat this fall, and when in wheat, that one can be fabulous!
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Re: In praise of Fall

Postby jdinid » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:53 pm

I need to make a trip that way. Finding pheasant fields around here is pretty iffy.
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