My class was canceled (at the last minute grrr) yesterday, so I popped over to the gardens to see the state of things. There are still a lot of flowers in bloom, I assume the kinds that do that late in the season, since there hasn't been a killing frost yet. The trees are starting to turn and a few have already dumped all their leaves. It seems I learn something new every year about the autumn colors. Last year it was that the colors were the "true" colors of the leaves once the chlorophyll stops being produced. This year I learned that the bright red colors common with maples turn out to be an evolutionary advantage for them. Trees whose leaves turn yellow are more apt to attract parasitic insects than trees whose leaves turn red. Insects are more attracted to yellow. Apparently, this dynamic wasn't present in Europe so the trees over there don't turn red. New England and Eastern Canada are unique in this respect and thus a whole tourism industry has successfully arisen for "leaf peeping".
This weekend we are finishing up the laundry room and buying (on credit) a washer and dryer for it. We promised laundry in the building to the new tenant who moves in on the 1st so we've gotta get her done. Then this week is the first big week for the new college I'm working for. New for me anyway. I'm excited because it'll be the first time in many years that I will have over a dozen students in the class. It's also a bit intimidating since it will be a group of nurses, but I'm sure I'll win them over with my charm. Don't count on lots of posting though, I have a feeling it's going to be a draining experience. I'll be with this group from 9-4 every day so they should get a lot of good practice.
Other than that, there's not much to tell. Serge is still processing and having lots of bad dreams about his dad. There hasn't been much headway on the paperwork and things since we're still waiting for the will search to be completed. Once we have that, things should start going more quickly. And then sometime in October we'll do some pooch shopping. One thing at a time. Have a lovely weekend peeps.