Fall has come into our neighborhood as well. The days are still warm, but there is a chilly bite in the air, and many trees are decked in very pretty colors. Anna and I love to go on “expeditions” around the block. She has a small pail that she brings with her and she is busily collects all kinds of things for “kitty’s nest”. She is never satisfied with just getting leaves. On our last trip she spent 15 minutes investigating the mushrooms that grew on the neighbors’ lawn. I can see that they appear very fascinating to her – not a flower, not a grass blade, but some sort of an alien taking residence in the neighborhood. I used to know a lot about mushrooms, but these ones are not native to where I grew up. Still, I didn’t think they were poisonous, so I let Anna take a few for her “nest”. By the time we went around the block, her pail was full to the brim. Petals, leaves, wood chips, stones, acorns, pine needles – quite a haul for our discovery box, formerly known as a shoe box. Inspect the findings, feed and shelter plastic farm animals, empty the box into the yard bin (minus the stones) and repeat as desired. Actually repeat is not possible on the same day, since playing with discovery box took pretty much the whole afternoon.