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Friday, October 26, 2012

Indian Summer



One of the loveliest times of fall...
that heat wave consisting of dry, warm days that comes
after the crispness and initial frost of the season.


It seems to accentuate the beauty of fall.



We've been in the middle of it's warm, golden-ness all week!
Temps have been in the high 70's in the afternoons!
Next week, we're supposed to be back into more typical
weather, with the highs in the 40's.

Some of our dear friends lost their mother to cancer and
we're traveling south an hour tonight to attend the viewing.
A bittersweet reason to travel but we'll have a lovely trip
 coming and going! Sad that they will miss her but sweet in that
 she is no longer in pain and enjoying heaven.

So, out of curiosity, do you call it a wake or a viewing?
I don't think anyone in Ohio calls it a wake. ha. 
It's usually just called 'visiting hours' or 'viewing'
But I could be wrong!

Until we leave, I'm enjoying having the windows open.
The parakeets must sense it, too!  They are singing their hearts out!
Maybe saying hello to the sparrows in the feeder? ha. 

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  1. I'm loving the warm temps here too. It's 78 right now. The wind has been blowing though and the leaves are raining down. We call it visitation here.

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    1. yes, it's that temp here, too! And SO lovely! We have more leaves on the ground than on the trees today!

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  2. I think most call it a viewing. But in the deep south, I think it's a wake. When Don's father passed away years ago, in Tenn. it was a wake.

    Sorry for your friend, but so blessed she's in heaven.

    Your drive will be beautiful.

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    1. and in new england they call it a wake!

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  3. I think you go to a "viewing", when you have an open casket.
    You go to a "wake" or party, with food, after the funeral.
    Either way, it's a loss and hard. The drive will help make it easier.

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    1. you know, I thought that same thing...that a wake was more at their home and you brought food and visited after the funeral! But I didn't know why I thought that..since we don't do those here!
      Thanks for clearing that up! They really aren't the same thing after all! :)

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  4. dang...its too hot for fall....in the 80s here....i love the sun but i am ready for the crisp cool....smiles...but i guess that storm this weekend might change everything any way...

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    1. It is a little warm, isn't it? Soon it will be chilly!

      Oh, that storm sounds bad! Hope you don't look power like they are predicting. Once a year is quite enough for you, don't you think? ha.

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  5. How sad. Prayers for the one's left behind. We also call it a/the viewing.

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    1. well, thanks, Jake. They were happy to see us tonight..and we glad we went! :)

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  6. I'm headed somewhat your way tomorrow! Headed to Longabergerland and then Amish country on a tour bus! Too bad the weather couldn't hold out and be in the 80's for two more days ;o)
    As for what we call it south of the big river, it's called a visitation. Not to be confused with the service which is done right before the burial.

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    1. Oh, how fun. I've been there...a real neat place to shop, tour and eat. Wave when you go by! :) I'm very close to 70/72.

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  7. Hi Betsy here fall normally is warm! but right the soring is really crazy, some days hot, some days cold todays was a hot day, yje pictures georgeous!!
    Sorry by your Moms friend but maybe she suffered so much, prayers:)

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  8. You live in such a beautiful area...I love seeing your pictures! Gorgeous!

    We have been in the 70's, too, and tonight it is going to drop to 40. In fact, I think it has, I'm cold! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. well, the cold stuff must be on it's way, then! Ha..we usually get your weather a day or two later.

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  9. What wonderful photography! so pretty. I'm so sorry about your friend. We (in New York) call it a wake. It's something I've had to get used to as there is no wake or viewing of any kind in England.
    Lots of love
    mary x

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    1. none in England? well, that is interesting! Personally, I don't wish to have anyone 'viewing' me when I'm gone. lol....

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  10. It has been a beautiful day, aside from that headache I haven't yet been able to shake. Monday was just as delicious, and although Tuesday and Wednesday were wet, they were pretty too. I hear we're getting another gorgeous day tomorrow. A good day for jumping in the leaves. :)

    I have always hear that time called "calling hours". Maybe because the newspaper typically says, "friends may call..." (And I'm in Upstate NY)

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    1. I didn't have a headache, but my eyes are itchy! Is it possible we're getting the effects of ragweed this late? Ugh!

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    2. hmm...but it's been so dry...maybe, but I haven't been out raking. I am allergic to mold, though!

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  11. Wow that is hot
    Here it's cool but not a whole lot
    Hmmm I've heard it called both here
    Only ever attended one funeral with my rhyming rear
    Of course then I didn't rhyme
    Cancer is such a crime
    Wish they'd let the actual curing treatment go mainstream
    But oh no, have to keep employed the $100,000 cancer team

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    1. And I bet it was your uncle, too.
      Sounded like a sweet man, it's true.
      I think of him when my boys 'clean' their DVD's
      even though they make it worse, if you please. ha.
      And you didn't rhyme then?
      You could have entertained when the boring parts set in.
      lol....
      I think our warm spell is about done
      then we will be cold, like you, a ton.

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    2. The funeral was another one
      His was just a gathering that was spun
      LMAO yeah the dvds don't get very clean their way
      I think I would have got slapped if I pulled a rhyming display haha

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    3. Oh, hear I thought I was so smart...
      guessing who, where and what.
      ha.
      Well, sometimes we all want to slap you.
      So, what's new?
      lol...

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  12. Beautiful pictures, like always! The weather here has been perfect as well. I keep hearing people mention a snow shower next week?!

    Sorry to hear about your friends loss. Cancer is such a hard thing! So hard to see loved ones having to deal with it too!

    We always called it a viewing. Here in Pa and in Ohio.

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    1. I heard about the snow showers, too!....from Hurricane Sandy that's going to hit hard over the weekend! Wow! I guess it will be cold enough to make snow around us. And I think that means the end of the leaves! They sure have been enjoyable while they were here!

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  13. such glorious photos, have a safe journey, sad about her passing but I hope you're right, that she is enjoying heaven, we call it a "wake " here, I always found that a strange name for it because it really is a viewing,

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    1. we had a safe trip..thank you! And we got to watch a lovely sunset as we drove!

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  14. travel safe dear ones.
    It's my understanding that if you are Catholic it is called a wake.

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  15. Beautiful images, wow... I simply love the autumnal attire.
    No Indian summer here, although we had a fleeting visitor from Sahara last saturday, just for one day - warm air with temps around 75F. Tomorrow it will subzero. Quiet a difference in a week, don't you think?
    Sorry about your friends mom... Not sure what it is called and Danish would make not sense to you.;)
    Have a great trip and weekend,
    xoxo

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    1. Oh yes, that's a huge jump in temperatures! We are already a bit cooler this morning! I think it's over! ha. And that hurricane coming east will surely send us wind and rain!

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  16. Stunning colours, Betsy, so nicely captured.

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    1. Thank you, Martin! It's been a lovely season!

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  17. I'd say it's a remembrance gathering. My deepest condolences to your friends. And it does look like it's going to be a beautiful, if very poignant journey to see them. Take care
    x

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    1. Now that is a term I've never heard...but I like it very much! It is nicer than viewing! ha. And makes more sense than wake! :)

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  18. Your top photo with the bird feeding is so beautiful. I love all of the colors surrounding the feeder. I'm sorry about your friend who died of cancer. What do we call it? Mmmm. We just say "the funeral" of.... Then, the "viewing" is at such and such a time...Then, the "burial" will be at such and such a time. I've never actually even thought of it until just now. I always sigh and say attending funerals is one of the most effective ways to make all of us stop, reflect, renew, and possibly change that paths we are on...

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    1. yes...those are the words we use, too....viewing, funeral and burial. And you are right...it does make us reflect and put things in perspective!

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  19. I agree...it is a lovely time of year, and your photos certainly reflect that loveliness. Speaking of lovely, your wonderful towels arrived, and I am delighted with them. Thanks~

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    1. Oh, good! I hope you enjoy them! I like them so much, I need to make some for myself! :)

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  20. Beautiful pics! I especially like the top one with the curved fence.
    I am sorry for the losses you are going through. (((hugs)))

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    1. I love that curved fence, too! So lovely!

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    1. We did...we were just gone for the evening last night. Only one hour away! ha.

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      So good you and back soon Betsy!

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  22. You have two new ideas here for me - temperatures in the 70s in autumn! and the concept of a 'viewing' - not common practice in England. Not unattractive though...

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    1. our temps have already dropped! A beautiful week it was, though!

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  23. I hope the wake went well, all things considered. Good to go.

    Beautiful photos here too.

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  24. Hi Betsy - sad news indeed ... in England we have a funeral (church or cremation) first and then if so desired a Memorial can be arranged for friends to make a plan to attend ... we did this with my mother - the Memorial was in the west country, practically at the tip of Lands End - her homeland - it was a joyous affair ... fortunately she'd had a full life. I can't say I like visitation or wake - we had lunch in the pub opposite the Church after the Memorial Service .. I've posted about it - should anyone wish to take a look ...

    I feel for your friend's family - my thoughts all round ... I hope you had a safe trip .. Hilary

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  25. As I've said before, James Joyce didn't write "Finnegan's Viewing!"

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