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Friday, October 22, 2010

fridays with asa: autumn has arrived!

greetings, my fellow comrades!
i am elated to report that autumn has finally descended upon south carolina!  the harvest season is, without dubiety, my most cherished time of the year.  this morning, i enjoyed reclining on the front porch, surveying nature and relishing in that which autumn has to offer.  the trees were bursting with chromatic foliage.  i regarded them with such an unswerving gaze that my eyes abandoned focus.  the intense shades of red, yellow, and orange blurred together like a kaleidoscope. 

then i closed my eyes and inhaled the woodsy aroma of crunchy leaves as they baked in the fiery sunlight.  a chill trickled down from my neck as a small gust of wind danced around my body.  i silently thanked my blue hooded sweatshirt for enveloping me in an embrace of warmth and comfort.

conceivably, i could have remained in this peaceful state for the day in its entirety, but a soft voice broke through the reverie in my mind.  there remained, after all, important work to be accomplished.  it was my duty to thoroughly inspect the two members of cucurbita mixta which my parents had purchased from the farmers market.

the taller specimen i found to be sturdy and structurally sound.

while the shorter specimen was pleasingly plump and rotund.

a fastidious watch over my prized pumpkins was undoubtedly required.  one never knows what evil lurks.

bah!  i spy you, squirrel.  i shall not allow your irksome self within the vicinity of my pumpkins.

be gone, pest!

after many hours of intense labor, i felt my fortitude giving way.

in utter desperation, i called out to my mom.  "i languish from thirst and hunger.  a steamy mug of cider and a biscuit, i beg of you, please!"

my restoring sustenance arrived with but a moment to spare, and i, asa, returned to my post, ever vigilant of that nettlesome squirrel skulking in the shadows...

addendum:  my mom has asked that i convey to you her colossal surprise with regard to booker and my dad's covert post and creation of project gingerbread man.  she has daydreamed about her own baking business for eons upon eons.  (admittedly, i exaggerate this point, but i believe you comprehend my meaning.)  my mom is most grateful for your kind words of encouragement.  thank you for your support!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Most excellent of pikhs to akhkhompany the most excellent of autumnal tales!


Sam and Pippen said...


You is the most eloquent girl we know... you brought a tear to our eyes (just one shared by both of us... we are boys after all!) with your vigilance against the squirrel invaders!

Sam and Pippen

Two Pitties in the City said...

What a great fall description. You do make it sound most pleasant. I usually don't like fall because it means a Chicago winter is lurking close by. Now I just feel like some cider!

Mr. Pip said...

Yes, keep a close eye on those pumpkins! You look fabulous in blue!

Your pal, Pip

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Sweet Asa, we looked upon you in your blue cozy shirt and your two pumpkins which you are most excellently guarding and we sighed with delight. You are a most poetic pup, indeed as well as a vigilant guardian against intruders! Keep up the good work, and enjoy all the loveliness Fall affords to you, our precious SC niece! Many hugs from Auntie Ina and the Alaskan Cousins and their friend, Petey the Sheltie! xoxoxo

houndstooth said...

Miss Asa, how will you keep watch over those pumpkins until Halloween? I hope you plan to put Booker to work, too!

I adore your blue hoodie! It's stylish and casual, and a lovely color on you!


Ann said...

Asa you presented a most excellent account of the day. You are also looking quite attractive in your beautiful blue sweatshirt. Perhaps one day we can languish on the porch together and protect pumpkins from squirrels who mean to do them harm.
Yours truly

Maggie Mae said...

Ooh Asa,
Pip and Bunny is right blue is your color fur sure! I hopes dat tomorrow mom will go and buy me a pumpkins or two.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Emma Rose said...

That shade of blue is definitely your color my dear! Great job guarding the pumpkins. I hope you get to eat them after Halloween :)

Emma Rose

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

We don't think we have ever seen such huge pumpkins before. You are doing a great job there keeping watch over them.

Lola said...

Oh, I missed the Gingerbread post. I'll go back and catch up with that. In the meantime, you look fantastic in blue. It is soooo your color, Asa. And you're doing a great job of pumpkin guarding. Those squirrels can take down a good sized pumpkin if they get the chance.

lotsa licks, Lola

Doris Sturm said...

Woo-hoo...look at you, Booker man! Don't you look dashing in your blue sweat shirt (or polo shirt)... I have so much fur, I could send you some, because I almost always feel over dressed ;-)

Gizzy :-)

rottrover said...

Miss Asa, you are both beautiful and eloquent (and you momma takes beautiful pictures!) While not usually a fan of canine clothing, I love your hoody. It's perfect for a fall day!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Just beautiful, Asa - great post - and you look beautiful. We really like watching all the different things you can do with your ears:)

By the way, you look pawesome in that color blue.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Lorenza said...

Hi, Asa!
Reading your post I can see you really love Autumn season!
I like it too! Not too hot... not too cold!
Kisses and hugs

Hoke said...

You look so very nice in your sweater!!! Enjoy those pumpkins!

bichonpawz said...

You look so terrific in your Autumn Attire!! Love this tale of fall...our favorite time of year!! The pumpkins sure are neat lookin'! xoxoxo Chloe and LadyBug

sprinkles said...

You captured fall so perfectly, Asa! I love your blue hoodie.

Oskar said...

What a stirring autumn story!

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

Oh Miss Asa you is so good with words!

Guarding pumpkins, you are so very good at watching out for that very elusive nasty squirel! I just HATES those squirels!

I love Autum too, it is so nice outside!

woo woos, Tessa

K-9 Katastrophe said...

Oh my darling Asa, I really do love you!! What a good pumpkin gaurd you are. What strength of character you have to stay guard for so long!


K-9 Katastrophe said...

Yeppers! Mommy sure can! What is your email? Mommy will send you pictures of different pot holders etc. that she has made. Also we will send you the best pictures of us puppies as you requested!


scotsmad said...

Asa, you are, as always eloquent. Your words are worth 100 pictures.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Now protect those pumpkins from the squirrels and your brother.

Priscilla said...

You go Miss Asa girl!!!
You look really really beawwtiful in that blue shirt. We're glad that autumn has finally arrived but better protect those pumpkins!

Mango said...

You are indeed a most gifted and totally hot poet. I like your hoodie. Understated, yet shows off your curves.


Aksharaa said...

Dearest Asa,
U take our breath away, as usual, with this magnificent post.
we could almost feel the gust of wind,hear the rustling of the autumn leaves, see the ground being painted in multi-hued shades...
thanks for taking us on the trip.

we think it is commendable, what u do there, zealously vigilant against all odds...!Those pumpkins are safe for halloween without doubt.

btw, we must tell you, you look fabulous in blue:)
have a nice weekend,
yours with love,
Ginger n Buddy

pee ess:Booker, Oh! so very nice of u, so thoughtful and loving to have thought up that 'Cakery' thing for ur mummy.
We think 'The Dude' is pawsome too!
BESTESTEST of luck to your mummy for a flying business. wish we could order some of those gingerbread sad we live so far away.
And THAT TREE CAKE is just too good to be cut!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Asa, you look grrreat in your fall sweatshirt, and those are some mighty cute shots of you with the pumpkins too!

Woofs and Kisses!
THe Fiesty Three

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Hey, you know how to pose for the camera and protect your look quite the part in that outfit. The models in the magazines had better worry about their jobs..... either that or your local security guards !!

KB said...

Asa, What a gripping tale of how hard you labored to protect those pumpkins. They are might beautiful specimens. I hope that you received the sustenance that you needed!

Sagira said...

What cute photos!

Those are some of the most beautiful pumpkins I have ever seen. :)

The Luke said...

A better autumnal tale has never been told. And I love it!

You rock, Asa... wif love from the Luke

Dennis the Vizsla said...

You look quite fetching in blue, Asa!

Kristin G. said...

Such an excellent pumpkin guard you are Asa! Our Zoe does an excellent job of protecting us from squirrels too! Just let us know if you ever need her assistance. The two of you could maybe take turns napping, so you don't have to manage the project on your own. By the way, I love your blue hoodie. It looks great on you!

Bella the Westie said...

We are glad autumn has arrived for you :) what a beautiful season.
You look so beautiful wearing your hoodie!

Love, Bella & Ollie.

George the Lad said...

Asa your facial expressions are pricless, lovely post I do hope you got your cider and a biscuit.
Good luck to your dad and the project, I have left a link on that post.
See Yea George xxx

Nova said...

you ar right!! the fall is amazing!!! you looks super awesome in her hoodie and loving the pumpkins!!!

Enjoy the weather!

BRUTUS said...

Dearest Asa... Your expression and way with words has us just in awe. Way to guard the gourds!!

Brutus & Carmen

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Asa! We are also glad that fall is here - we think it is one of the best seasons. Lots of stuff to smell. And we think you did a great job of watching those pumpkins too - and fashionable while doing it!

Hound Girl said...

oh Asa you make us want to come visit! We dont any of that in Texas, we are still having to walk in the evenings cause its too hot after work to go still!

Anonymous said...

Hi Asa! Oh, gosh, I always luv when you post! You've sure got a way with words. I luv the fall a lot, too. It's an awfully nice time of year. I like your blue sweatshirt. It looks comfy, cozy and fashionable!

Oh, and would you please tell Booker Man that I miss him, too!?

Wiggles & Wags,

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So sorry have not visited for a while ... been very busy. Cutie ASA. Please tell your momma I just sent you guys an email. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

Nice work protecting those pumpkins Asa!!!

road-dog-tales said...

Asa - That is most eloquent! We don't know what some of those words mean, but they sure sound purty! Will there be edible pumpkin goodies in your future?

The Road Dogs

kissa-bull said...

i brinksy winksy for one LOVE the round and plump one tee hee hee

pibbles sugars
the pittie pack

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh Sweet Asa! You always make me smile!

Nova said...

Hey Booker man! you totally made mommy giggles with that story.. expecially when you said snoopivision!! haha you are just the coolest doggie on the bloggie spot!!!