First Rain of Fall
Our last “afterschooling theme” for September was Fall. It arrived promptly with a sudden downpour last Saturday – very unusual for our area where first rains usually come in mid October. Smarty was excited and wanted to go outside, catch rain with her tongue and jump in puddles. That’s when we found out that we have no idea where her rain boots are and that her snow boots are not water proof. Having her feet wet was a perfect excuse to ask for another fall favorite – a cup of cocoa. A rainy day was quickly followed by our usual September weather – high 70s to low 80s during the day – perfect for my favorite fall activity, fall hikes
Smarty had “celebrate the first day of fall” on her fall bucket list, and she had a very specific plan for this celebration – seeing the leaves change and having a picnic. We picked Henry W. Coe park for this hike, it’s less than an hour drive, and it has a lot of deciduous trees including large oaks and some maples. The hike was gorgeous, and Smarty loved photographing different trees and observing signs of fall in this park.
Cooler weather also means fall gardening here in California. Our garden is fairly small, so we had it all done in one sunny morning. Out went our failed tomatoes and burned out herbs. Out went summer flowers that now turned to seeds or wilted. We planted several cool weather herbs, lettuce and fall flowers. I keep my fingers crossed on lettuce – we have a lot of snails, and they all seem to like it. Smarty was very happy to help – digging out old plants and planting new ones. So far the plants are doing well, and it’s nice to see fall color and new fall smells in our garden.
We also celebrate fall by getting out our fall decorations. Papa and Smarty made these leaves last year, and we kept them for this year. Smarty’s favorite part is to put gel clings on our living room windows, and she keeps lobbying for more every year. This year we also made some clay decorations for our seasonal branch tree, so now we feel very ready for fall inside!
My daughter is not even 7 yet, but gone are the days when I could select the books in the library and read them with her every night. She doesn’t want me to read to her any longer, because she can read much faster on her own, and she only wants to read what she is interested in (It’s Norse myths at the moment). But I am hoping that this book of science projects will interest her and, hopefully, we will add fall science to the list of things we’ll do this fall.
Your turn: Did you do anything special for this first week of fall?