Day 30: Patterns

Photo Orchard Beach Farm

Celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day today. Now that’s more like it. Fall is the time for APPLES in all their tastiness!

Crunch into one fresh off the tree, or get baking! Apple pie, apple cake, baked apples, apple crisp, apple bread, cookies, the list goes on forever! Plus, apples are so versatile, you can simply make up your own recipe. Like adding apples or apple juice to baked pork chops. Waaaay too good!

Now’s the time to get out to an orchard near you. Really — what a wonderful way to spend a chilly, sunny Fall day. Leaves just beginning to color. Your favorite sweater finally freed of that claustrophobic closet! Fresh air, fruitful trees, family, friends. Excellent!

The last day of September. Ouch. October with its pumpkins, ghouls, goblins, and  black cats on the horizon! Daylight savings time will end and we will be commuting – to and from – in near total darkness. Not something I look forward to, but the “extra” hour we gain will be welcome. (You know, if you really think about the time change too much, it will boggle your mind, and you’ll end up more confused than when you started out. So just believe that you’re getting an extra hour of sleep and leave it at that ;))

Switching gears rather drastically – I saw sea gulls the other day. While that may not be earth-shattering news to the coastal among you, sea gull sightings are not standard fare in this part of the land-locked Midwest. I don’t know what brings them here as I don’t believe they are migratory – could be wrong. But what a sight! Soaring on the air currents, they look like they’re playing tag. Diving, swooping only to float back up, up until they are tiny winged spots in the clouds. Like the crayon birds we all drew when we were younger.

Just off the central coast of California, every so often huge schools of fish will gather in just one spot. That school will attract hundreds of sea lions. Even at a distance, you don’t have to listen very hard to hear the lions’ excited, raucous barking. They literally herd the school into a tight circle and the feeding frenzy begins. Sea gulls and pelicans join the fray dropping like feathered bombs into the water, emerging victorious with fish dinners. Wings tucked in tight against their bodies, the birds streamline their way into the water. You have to wonder what that impact does to their little bird brains, but they do it again and again. (Maybe that’s my answer!) The ocean boils with frantic activity. It is an amazing thing to witness.

How did I go from apples to sea gulls, you ask? Wasn’t it a smooth transition? Aw, just the way my mind works. I write about memories and experiences which seldom seem to follow a fixed pattern. 🙂

Carpe diem! C

*Carpe diem is usually translated from the Latin as ‘seize the day’. ‘Carpe’ translates literally as ‘pluck’, with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is ‘enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe’. Courtesy Phrase Finder.

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