Dog Days

by Stefani on 3-September-2008

Dog Days

It’s September.


This is the toughest month of the year for me because it SHOULD be fall, and it’s not even close. Didn’t we all learn that in kindergarten? Fall begins in September?

Well it isn’t true in Texas.

September is it’s own season here… It’s called Overbaked. Everything is crispy, blackened and tired, including me.

I will try friends, I will TRY not to whine too terribly.

For my men, September marks the beginning of dove hunting season. This means virtually nothing at all to me, but it means lots of spitting, scratching, gun-toting, stick out your chest fun for 4/5 of my family’s equation.

I’ll show you more of that tomorrow, so brace yourselves.

I went along for the ride with them yesterday, so that I could document this whole hunting business for posterity’s sake, and while yes, there was hunting, I think at least half of the fascination is the ride in Uncle Bud’s Mule with a biggo dog chasing behind 🙂

The Chase Is On

Cuz really, I don’t care what cruddy

month it is, that’s just good fun right there.

Amy September 3, 2008 at 6:58 am

I’m with ya – September sux. Dead doves or no.

Jennifer September 3, 2008 at 6:59 am

Oohh, but the breeze this morning…did you feel it? The first cool reminder of not too much longer. Soon windows will be open, yards played in, and bug spray shelfed 🙂

Also, hasn’t the light just changed to golden loveliness in the morning?

Eren September 3, 2008 at 6:59 am

What, those hurricanes aren’t making Sept. a better month for you all? Have you gotten any rain from biggo G…I just like being able to use the word “biggo”.

Linn September 3, 2008 at 7:04 am

Our September is often the hottest month of the year (southern cal.), but this year I’ve conquered the September blues by planning lots of fun little activities…including our last ‘during the school year’ vacation, since #1 goes to kindergarten next year and we’ll have to travel with the masses from then on. I love September for vacation traveling! Glad you’ve found at least one fun thing to do during September!

Our Green Nest September 3, 2008 at 8:42 am

I know, but it’s 71 here right now, so that’s nice! It’s a tease though for sure b/c before we know it, it’ll be 90+ again!

Baba September 3, 2008 at 8:54 am

Same here in southern Colorado. Hot days, but the nights are starting to cool down so I know fall is on it’s way.

French Knots September 3, 2008 at 9:23 am

I think we all get a bit tired of the same weather day after day – fancy swapping for a few wet, grey days?!

Hannah September 3, 2008 at 9:59 am

I TOTALLY agree with you about September here. I grew up in Boston, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over the feeling that September should herald cooling breezes and the beginning of trees bursting into color.

simply September 3, 2008 at 10:04 am

I hear ya…only ours is the opposite! We have been suffering the “fall” weather since Aug. The pacific northwest summer was not a warm one this year :o(


Lisa September 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

Agreed, I live in a state where the fall leaves finally change Thanksgiving weekend. I have determined this year that I will decorate for fall sometime in September (maybe the end). If I do not do this, the trouble doesn’t seem worth it for a couple of weeks of November. Too often I end up skipping Fall and going straight to Christmas. After living two years in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fall truly is my favorite season. Back in the only state I’ve ever had permanant residence, something has got to give. So, what do you say? Want to join me and pretend? You know,it doesn’t help that daylight savings had been pushed back, at least earlier nights fooled you into thinking cooler times were coming.
Can’t wait to see the duck hunting story.

Teresa September 3, 2008 at 10:35 am

September is HOT here too! Some of the tropical storms and hurricanes have given us a nice breeze, but the majority of the days are blistering hot!

I have to keep telling myself, at least we don’t get snow and have to stay couped up when winter time rolls around. That’s why we live here…right?

elissa September 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

ok, when you said “uncle bid’s mule,” i was SO picturing an ACTUAL mule and really wondering how the dog would chase BEHIND it as it was likely not going very fast. I am cracking my own can today!

Sarah S. September 3, 2008 at 11:27 am

Love the picture!

meg September 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Amen and amen. I noticed that the pine needles were starting to turn brown and are slowly beginning to cover the driveway. At first, I thought maybe something was wrong with the trees…and then I remembered that, yes, summer should be almost over.

But it’s not. Blech.

molly September 3, 2008 at 1:03 pm

it’s a little like that here, too. I’m ready for fall, too, sister! We heard lots of dove-hunting shots in the fields behind the house last night. Maybe next year the blueyonder boys should travel for their hunting outing?? 🙂 xox!!

molly Bridle September 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

That last picture made me a little motion sick!

Relyn September 3, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Oh, poor September. I love September, the month of new beginnings. Plus, my birthday is in September. What’s not to love about that? Wishing some cool breezes will head your way soon.

Sarah September 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

I feel ya! We have four seasons…almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas. Bwahahaha

caroline September 3, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Aw, poor September! I actually LOVE September, as my birthday is the first day of fall!

LOVE LOVE LOVE those pics. Nuttin like a boy and his dawg.

Um, I believe there is a date with a dove ’round here this weekend too. (wince)

Diane September 4, 2008 at 4:51 am

Oh my. I remember when I was bellyaching back in March about the state of things — ice, snow, endless winter — you said but yeah, in September YOU will be so jealous of ME. I see that’s true. And not just for you but for anyone else living in a NORMAL WARM climate. (California girls are not really cut out for New England weather I don’t think!) Anyway. Hang in there. I’m looking forward to the dove hunting photo extravaganza!

Mandy September 4, 2008 at 5:13 am

Hey Stef… maybe I missed it, but are you doing a First Monday contest this month?

OMSH September 6, 2008 at 8:04 am

Oh, but haven’t the past few mornings been lovely? Until y’know, about 10:30 – then it’s back to sticky, goopy, goo.

My kids are the same way with my Grandfather’s mule. Weeeeeeeeeeee!

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