It is Autumn. For sure. But there was a lot of other things falling this week…especially the heavily favored and highly rated. So aside from leaves, many other things this week fell with a colossal thump.
But first off, the leaves. Man are they a lot of work! I had no idea. First off, they come from everywhere! Our trees, the neighbors trees, and it seems like the heavens themselves. And since my parents had a basic fortress of a fence built to keep us dogs from escaping the leaves have no way of getting outside our yard either – which means a lot of blowing and raking. This turned out to be kind of entertaining…especially when they brought out the drop cloth to collect the leaves. Boy that thing is comfortable! AND a lot of fun to chase and play tug games with!
However, all this work was exhausting so Sam and I kind of fell asleep during the Michigan football game. This was unfortunate because we were not paying attention and cheering them on they didn’t maintain their focus and ended up losing for the first time this year :(.
However, they weren’t the only highly ranked team to lose this weekend. In fact, the #2,3 and 4 ranked teams all lost. Which hasn’t happened since 1985. This just so happened was another time Michigan lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a low scoring game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. That time Iowa was ranked #1. This time they weren’t ranked and were a heavy underdog to Michigan. Clemson and Washington were also heavy favorites and lost at home. This coming a week or so after the Cubs made their magical comeback in the World Series to win for the first time since 1908. Seems there was some other humongous shocker this week that may have a significant impact on the world but I can’t seem to remember what that was all about right now. Just that a lot of people around here were very upset about the results…but there was some talk about the universe equalizing the balance of happiness and sorrow in Chicago – as long as the happiness lasts 4 years (the Cubs Dynasty!). Seems like that would be a hint to me about what that other event was…
Anyhow, today Michigan was playing a basketball game on TV. This time Sammy and I were all into it. And they won!!!
Well…mostly into it. I may have dozed off a bit but I am pretty sure it was during a commercial or half time or something that didn’t require my full attention.
The rest of the weekend was awesome. So despite the results of the football games and other such things the weather was absolutely gorgeous…especially for November in the upper midwest.
Sam and I got a lot of outside time in the sun as my parents did their leave thing and other fall yard work.
This included a fire…not for the leaves but a bunch of the branches that have fallen off as the autumnal winds have picked up and knocked down dead wood from the trees. However, if the leaves don’t all drop in the next week (the last the village collects them with their big vacuum cleaners) we may end up having to burn them as well.
I enjoy a good fire but Sam was pretty much happy with the cooler temperatures outside without the fire.
Finally, i had the sense that my mom was a bit sad this weekend about something…not sure if it was all the upsets that occurred in the last week (which was very upsetting to her) or if she was missing all my siblings who have gone off to college but I thought I could help her feel at least a little bit better.
We all fall at times but it is how we get up after that defines who we are. Let’s hope the Michigan football team can rebound and still make it a special season and that the rest of the country can show their true colors.