Today is the last day of Summer.. can you believe it?? For us, Summer was extremely busy with road trips and the little kids.
It was so much fun! I won't lie.. it was exhausting too. Each summer, Scott and I get older.. making it hard to keep up with a houseful of kids With Jackson starting school 3 weeks later, it seemed that summer really just kept going.. going.. going. But once all 3 kids were back in school, that's it felt like the end of summer at that point to me!
I think summer knows whats up.. because its got cooler and cooler around here. However, I think its going to warm up to the low 80's today. Scott is spending his last day of summer at the golf course. He took the day off to play in a tournament. Jackson is spending his last day of summer in school of course.. and for me.. I think I am just going to take the day as it comes. I might grill out tonight.. which I think would be perfect for the last day of summer!
Here are some fun Summer facts..
And since we are moving right into fall.. here are some fun fall facts too!
- Trees take water from the ground through their roots & take carbon dioxide from the air. They also use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar which together is called photosynthesis.
- Because of its wide verity of trees, the Eastern United States, especially the North Eastern U.S., is one of the best places in the world for viewing fall colors.
- Bright red & purple colors come from anthocyanin (an-thuh-'si-uh-nuhn) pigments, like imaple leaves, are formed from trapped glucose.
- Brown colors come from a waste product called tannin, orange colors comes from carotene ('kar-uh-teen) & the yellows from xanthophyll ('zan-thuh-fil)
- The leave colors red, yellow & brown are in the leaves all year long & only become exposed when the green chlorophyll disappears in the fall.
- Mulching fall leaves where they fall lets them decompose so that they can release their minerals back to the underlying soil.
- Maples, Oaks, Elms, Birch & Ash trees are just a few of the trees that give spectacular colors during the Autumn season.
- Fall colors are best when late summer is dry & autumn has bright sunny days & cool nights below 40 °F.
- Fall days become shorter & many plants stop making food. That is when the green chlorophyll starts to disappear from the leaves.
- Most leaves fall from trees because the ends of the branch are sealed off near the leaf stem to protect the tree through the long winter months.
- Composting fall leaves is an excellent way to improve yard & garden soils. Mixing green & brown materials together is the basic rule.
- An acre of trees can grow 4,000 pounds of wood in a year, using 5,880 pounds of carbon dioxide & giving off 4,280 pounds of oxygen in the process.I am ready for fall but not winter. Every winter I complain.. complain.. complain.. and it always makes me realize why I want to move south!How are you going to be spending the last day summer?K Jaggers♥