The season is about to change...what keeps you busiest these days?

United States
September 4, 2009 10:19am CST
Hi everyone. Here in the USA and in many other countries, we are about to enter the autumn season. Things that keep many of us busy are farmers harvesting crops, people raking fallen leaves, and in general, preparing ourselves for the colder seasons approaching. Many citizens will also soon be decorating their homes and yards for Halloween here. What season are you about to enter? What keeps you busy these days as one season is about to change to another? Thank you for your responses. Karen
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 09
Hi Karen, Wolfie is jumping for joy, all four legs LOL! I love the Autumn! And I won't be sorry to see the back of Summer, as you probably know I don't like the Summer and I actually get SAD during June, July and August, so I rejoice that Autumn is here. What I smile at is that our American friends call Autumn Fall and we in England call it Autumn, I wonder if it's different in other countries. The only thing I don't like about Autumn is the noisy fireworks, some are like cannons going off and it's very unsettling for the animals and some humans! I tend to be more active as well, because there is no heat to slow me down. A lot of my college courses start up very soon so I will be occupied with those! Bring on the Autumn, Wolfie's happy again!
• Australia
5 Sep 09
You do live in England don't you? How unusual for someone there not to like summer! Don't come to Australia - at least not to Queensland.
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@sehlers (166)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I'm with you there Wolfie. I much prefer autumn to summer. Gotta a question for you though. Why are there fireworks in autumn in England?
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 09
Yes I live in England, I have always wanted to go to New Zealand, so I will time it right when New Zealand has their Winter which is when ironically England has it's Summer, great timing! We have fireworks in Autumn because of Bonfire Night, November 5th when the Houses Of Parliament were planned to be blown up by Guy Fawkes in 1605, it's been a tradition to set off fireworks and 'burn' an effigy of Guy Fawkes who was caught and executed.
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@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Hello my friend Right now I am just enjoying this cool air and getting ready to start my daily travel of taking my grandson to school everyday, he goes to school far from home so that is what I am thinking about but I am really glad we have cool air now that heat drives me nuts lol so no huge plans lol
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• United States
12 Sep 09
Good morning, my friend. I, too, enjoy the cooler weather! I imagine the longer commute gives you and your grandson an opportunity to chat and discuss whatever you might see along the way Have a happy day! Karen
@kitty42 (3924)
• United States
13 Sep 09
Hello my friend Yes it is great, I enjoyed spending time with my family once I dropped him off, then talking to people I have not seen for a while, I miss this routine to some extent
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• United States
14 Sep 09
Yes, routines help us feel a bit more "grounded," less at a loss. I do like one that allows for spontanity, though!
@taztheone (1726)
• India
5 Sep 09
Its nice to hear all the happenings in US in the coming season. However in India, we have monsoon season now, well that's from June to October. I think we are having a fun time in the rain. Regarding the festival, we just had a festival called 'Onam', which is actually a state festival rather than national festival. Now I'm waiting for Christmas! Happy Lotting
• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Taz...yes, I think our seasons are quite different, but it is fascinating to me to learn those differences. I know the monsoon season brings needed rain, but also carries its dangers...so do be safe! In the US, we also look eagerly forward to the Christmas celebration and begin our planning and buying of gifts soon now, even though it is still months away. What does "Onam" celebrate? And what are your customs as to how you celebrate it? Thank you for your response and have a very happy day! Karen
@taztheone (1726)
• India
6 Sep 09
Onam is bascically celebrated as a symbol of peace & prosperity. There is a great myth behind the festival of Onam, a story that fills us everyone with hope and a bit nostalgia of losing something of good nature. Onam is the celebration of the return of King Mahabali from the nether-world, at the consent of Vamana (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) who stamped the king down to hell. I'll tell you the whole story (hope you won't get bored) A long long time ago, an Asura (demon) king called Mahabali ruled Kerala. He was a wise, benevolent and judicious ruler and beloved of his subjects. Soon his fame as an able king began to spread far and wide, but when he extended his rule to the heavens and the netherworld, the gods felt challenged and began to fear his growing powers. Presuming that he might become over-powerful, Aditi, the mother of Devas pleaded with Lord Vishnu to curtail Mahabali's powers. Vishnu transformed himself into a dwarf called Vamana and approached Mahabali while he was performing a yajna and asked for alms. Pleased with the dwarf brahmin's wisdom, Mahabali granted him a wish. The Emperor's preceptor, Sukracharya warned him against making the gift, for he realized that the seeker was no ordinary person. But the Emperor's kingly ego was boosted to think that God had asked him for a favor. So he firmly declared that there is no greater sin than going back on one's promise. He kept his word. The Vamana asked for a simple gift — three paces of land — and the king agreed to it. Vishnu in the guise of Vamana then increased his stature and with the first step covered the sky, blotting out the stars, and with the second, straddled the netherworld. Realising that Vamana's third step will destroy the earth, Mahabali offered his head as the last step. Vishnu's fatal third step pushed him to the netherworld, but before banishing him to the underworld Vishnu granted him a boon. Since he was attached to his kingdom and his people, he was allowed to return once a year from exile. Onam is the celebration that marks the homecoming of King Mahabali. It is the day when a grateful Kerala pays a glorious tribute to the memory of this benign king who gave his all for his subjects. Onam is celebrated in the memory of King Mahabali. It was said that King Mahabali ruled Kerala a long time ago and looked after the welfare of the people. Thus Onam shows the blissful rule of the King and the freedom, which the people enjoyed under his rule. The people also believe that during Onam, the King returns to Kerala to pay a visit to his people. The people in Kerala arrange for this festival by cleaning up their houses and decorating them. On the occasion of Onam, everybody in the family wears new clothes. Delicious sweets and dishes are prepared and served on the banana leaves. "Pookalam" or "athapoo"a flower mat or floral design is visible outside every house. This mat is a symbol of welcoming King Mahabali. On the eve of Onam, traditional rituals are performed and the people celebrate the occasion with a grand feast. “Payasam” a sweet and tempting porridge is one of the favorite dessert served on the eve of Onam. “Vallamkali” or a great boat race is an attractive feature of this festival. In this game hundreds of men row the boats to the beat of drums and cymbals. This event is extremely popular with various boats competing with each other in order to win the race. Onam is celebrated not only by Hindus but also by Christians and Muslims. It is one such festival that unites all the people regardless of race and religion in the state of Kerala, India Hope you had enough time reading this Happy Lotting
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• United States
12 Sep 09
How very fascinating to learn of this king who willingly sacrificed himself to save his people and the earth. It puts me in mind of many of the Greek myths, wonderful and intriguing tales. The celebration does indeed sound befitting of the time each year this wonderful king gets a reprieve from exile! Thank you for explaining in detail about "Onam." I love learning of people and their unique culture! My best wishes to you, Karen
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
4 Sep 09
hi karen, now the rainy season is going on from november onwards we may fall in winter,so seasons are changing accordingly,have a nice day
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• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Yugasini. So interesting, always, to learn of what is happening with the seasons in other countries compared to the seasons in one's own area. Thank you for telling of your rainy season. Have a beautiful day! Karen
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
5 Sep 09
hi karen, thanks for the responses,the seasons will be changing as per the geographical locations,like in USA there so many time zones,have a nice day Note:you have not given reply two of my messages,i do not know the reason,reply immediately
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• United States
12 Sep 09
My friend, I did indeed try to reply to those messages, and they would not go through the first two times. The third time they DID appear to go through, but if you did not receive them, please let me know and I will try yet again. Blessings to you, Karen
• India
14 Sep 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, You are absolutely right, Rainy-season is try to 'wish good by' and coming is 'winter-saeson' and we Indians have to prepare for winter season. This season has lot of festivals, till march, when Hoil ends all festivals. We have to take out our winter garments and dry them in sun , so that foul smell would go away. Also we have to ensure our bath-room gysers are working as we take warm watrer bath, at times during winter season, water freezes our side. May God bless You and have a great time.
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• United States
14 Sep 09
Yes, we're busy getting our yards and homes and clothing ready for the colder seasons, too. Ugh! Frozen pipes can be a nuisance, especially if they burst! Enjoy your week, and thank you for your response. Karen
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• India
30 Sep 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, Now the temperature is slowly going down and peoplen are using winter cloths here early morning and late night. We do not require fans/AC at all. It is very much pleasent weather. I remember, when remperature went into minus, our water pipe lines burst. It was a great experience, still some people were taking bath in open underneath sky only. May God bless You and have a great time.
@EliteUser (3966)
• Australia
20 Sep 09
Hey, Well for me, nothing really keeps me that busy even if the weather is changing. I still go on the computer on MyLot, and I still post a fair few posts per day, it is quite relaxing for me. So not much actually keeps me busy. Make sure you have a good day, God bless and Happy Lotting!!
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• United States
20 Sep 09
Hello Elite. While it isn't a seasonal thing, yes, the computer can what we do on it can indeed keep us very busy. I hope you're having a great weekend. Karen
@sehlers (166)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Let's see. I'm here in Minnesota. I've got plans to start organizing my yard for gardens next spring. I have to pull out the window AC and put plastic on the windows. Gotta love these drafty old houses. I'm pulling out all my sock yarn because this winter I'm going to make socks as I haven't done that in a while. Oh, and my favorite... once the leaves start turning I'll be driving my convertible down along the river to look at them. I love having a convertible in the autumn. I the nut though who has the top down until it starts to snow. lol
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• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Sehlers :) I also love to drive and enjoy all the beautiful colors...soon now, that is what I'll be doing, too. And yes, the yards and homes always need a lot of attention to get them prepared for the cold months. Knitting and crocheting are wonderful things to do inside during the long winters. I haven't done socks yet, but will learn that soon. I have done scarves, dish clothes, hats, but need to bump it up a notch and learn how to knit socks, mittens, and even a sweater! Enjoy the weekend. Karen
• Australia
5 Sep 09
I live in the semi tropics in coastal Queensland, Australia, and we have just entered our Spring season. We hardly had any winter this year, with just a couple of days of cool weather. I think I wore a light jumper one night, but daytime a summer dress was enough. Because we had no winter, I think we are in for a very hot summer. Our summers get very humid. We have one of the more equable climates of the world, with very little difference between the seasons. We have almost no deciduous trees, so everything remains green through autumn and winter. If we have brown at any time it is in the summer when the grass is sun-scorched if there is no rain. (I am talking about the area where I live, but Australia is a very large continent and has every type of weather in different areas) Our area has traditionally been a major sugar cane growing area (we are retired cane farmers)and our harvest time runs from July to December. In the last 30 years we have also been a salad bowl, with numerous small crops and fruit and nut trees, so there is activity most of the year. For the record, my favourite season is winter. I do NOT like the humidity of our summers.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Cloud. I am gathering that the Australian seasons are the exact opposite of ours in the USA. I cannot imagine no winter; no snow. But some would truly welcome that! Summer here in Michigan was abnormally cool, but just lately has been warmer, so we might have warm autumn/fall to make up for that. Like you, we are a large continent, so some place never see snow and such. How interesting to have been sugar cane farmers. I have seen it in movies and read of it in books, but to have done it would have been best of all, or to actually visit an active cane farm would be interesting! And the salad bowl farming sounds fascinating, too. I miss being able to grow things in the ground...a large garden. It is not allowed in the apartment complex where I live. Like you, I do not like the humidity! Thank you for sharing such interesting information. May your day be good. Karen
@iamsolucky (1242)
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
Hi there and smile. November and december month is fast approaching so people here are busy making gift list and savings for the holidays. I am also busy thinking of my business. I want to sell clothes and dresses this december. Happy mylotting and smile always!
• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Lucky. Yes, once autumn is here, the holidays come in a hurry, so many of us plan ahead :) December will be a good month to sell clothes and dresses, as there are so many parties and celebrations, as well as many who would wish to buy them for others. I wish you a lot of success with your business! Thank you for responding and have a lovely weekend. Karen
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
4 Sep 09
our kids and our teacher friends return to school the day after labour day so preperations have been made for that. then it is back to the regular routine, afterschool programs and whatnot. i have also been busy making christmas presents for christmas too! i like to start early!
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• United States
5 Sep 09
Good morning, Cher :) Like yours, our children in Michigan, well some have already gone back to school, but in my own area, they will go back next week after Labor Day. It's good to plan ahead for Christmas, yes? Easier on the budget; less exhausting for the mind and body! Have a beautiful weekend, and thank you for your response. Karen
@twooten (64)
• United States
4 Sep 09
well here in texas soon next month i will be entering the next chapter of my life hitting the big 40. i am excited and planning a cruise party. I know alot of a person i used to work with at every birthday term she would be depressed because she was getting older. i thought that was crazy but i guess its all in how you perceive another year of your life. With me my oldest son who is 20 is done with high school working an excellent job for a nation wide company thats been in business since I was little. My other son will be 18 in november and in his last year of high school getting ready for college. I dont have a care in the world because God is in control of my life. I am in the passenger seat while his driving and enjoying the journey.
• United States
5 Sep 09
Hi there Twooten. Oh, you will enjoy that cruise celebration, and the 40s is a wonderful time in one's life, so enjoy! Like you, rather than being depressed, I always feel blessed for having lived yet another year! Such milestones your children have reached! And I love your outlook. When God is in the driver's seat, all will turn out well, no matter what! Enjoy and embrace the day. Karen
@JAYMAR777 (840)
• Philippines
4 Sep 09
Hi karen, Here in my country we are entering the rainy and stormy season since my country is in the pacific. We don't have autumn and winter here. Only summer and summer and summer. We can plant anytime and harvest anytime. Our preparations is more on the monsoon because we need the storm to keep us alive (in a way). This is the setback of being in the pacific. As expected this seasons will always bring loss to lives and properties. Anyway here, our preparations for Christmas always starts in the "ber" months; september and onwards. Christmas is a usual anticipated time of the year for an average filipino (since we are a christian nation). Families, reunions, bonuses, and things like that happens during Christmas. Have a day karen, enjoy the weekend. Jay
• United States
5 Sep 09
Hi Jaymar. How nice to be able to plant, grow, and harvest year round! I can see many advantages to that. I am sorry, though, for the loss of lives and properties during the monsoon season. Are hurricanes also a threat for you? Those are devastating when they hit our shorelines in the US! Your Christmas sounds much anticipated, as it is here in the US...the season brings so many celebrations and wonderful food and best of all, great gatherings of family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Christ. I hope you are safe in your monsoon season, and thank you for sharing about your beautiful land. Karen
@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 09
Dear Karen, It is so nice to read your topic of discussion. In Malaysia we are summer whole year round, with end of the year being monsoon (raining) season. I always want to experience Autumn, it sound so happening, farmers harvesting crops, people raking fallen leaves, everywhere the trees and ground are full of golden/orangy/brown leaves. My son and I was always thinking of going some place where we can see the 'real life' autumn.. Yesterday, one nice myLotter from Australia suggested to me that I can experience beautiful autumn in Victoria, Melbourne ~ Australia. For we all, Malaysian - Chinese, this September we have Lantern Festival whereby children will be carrying the lighted up lanterns and eating moon cake :) All the best and do keep in touch!
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• United States
5 Sep 09
Hello Iriene. Thank you, my friend. I hope that someday we can visit one another's countries! And yes, you would love our fall/autumn weather...the trees are like magic and turn such beautiful colors before dropping their leaves! Your September festival sounds wonderful! Perhaps you can describe to us what a moon cake is or how it is made. I would love to learn more about that. I do not think I would enjoy the monsoon season! Here, we have snow and more snow in the winter time. It is so beautiful! But too much of it can cave in roofs, knock down power lines or make driving difficult. The same happens when we have ice storms (freezing rain.) Do the leaves stay on your trees all year round? There are always so many things I want to learn or know about other countries and their people! Have a beautiful day... Karen