The Rock Wall

Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

Kimball and I were at Simone’s getting something cool while we waited for the Wayside Inn Museum to open so she could get a photo. She looked at a vehicle on the other side and said, “Isn’t that Jeanne Hoagland in the back seat?” I agreed that it was and her husband, John, was beside her. Their sunglasses made it hard to be sure, but I thought it was their son, Drew, driving and their daughter, Spencer, in the passenger seat.

Monday, I called Jeanne to ask if she and her husband, John, were being chaperoned by their children. She told me how that happened. Spencer made a quick trip home from MU Saturday to visit before the semester started. After church, they changed clothes and Drew asked, “Is it cottage cheese or apple sauce for you old folks?”

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    The Rock Wall

    In past years, the peak fall color has averaged around Oct. 15, so we have been watching to see what effect the drought has on color this year.

    Monday morning, Oct. 15, I told Kimball that the oak and hickory trees north of our house looked the best I’d seen them. I also said I can never tell when the peak hits until a day or two later.

    I’m thinking today, Tuesday, that Monday was it.

    The sugar maples don’t play by oak rules.

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