The signs are here. Squirrels are all over the place, running up tree trunks and fences and darting back and forth across the street, all the while with walnuts in their mouths. I see the evidence of buried treasures in my potted plants (thanks for the holes in my planters and dirt scattered everywhere, silly rodents!) and in really strange places like my grapevine wreath that's hung on a trellis!
The Black-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower are drying up.
The trees are already changing color, if you can believe that. Seems earlier than usual this year but I think it's because we've had such a dry summer.
Sunlight is softer and fuzzy, casting a magic spell on the evening.
Technically, it's still summer. I don't like to push the seasons (except for winter - that could last a week and I'd be happy), so I'm not decorating for fall yet. I did change some things up for more of a smooth transition into fall. I'm now using subdued colors on the buffet and cuttings of sedum from the butterfly garden.
I traded the summer cotton throw for a more textured one and am using the gold tray on the coffee table again.
I love pottery, both vintage and handmade by loved ones, so I'm using a mixture on the ladder bookshelf. The two handmade bowls on the second and fourth shelves and the vase with the leaves on the bottom shelf are all made by my son.
I kept the china cabinet in the kitchen simple with more pottery...thrift shop bowls on top, my son's mugs on the other two shelves.
Otherwise, everything in the kitchen is still bright and cheerful!
Hanging on to this last week of summer...how about you?