Acorn Bonanza!

If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a bumper crop of acorns this year.

And I mean LOTS of acorns!!!

To satisfy my curiosity as to why this is occurring, I did a little research. 😉

There seem to be several theories, including:

1. It will be a very snowy winter, so squirrels will need extra food.

2. It will be a mild winter, so squirrels are not gathering with any sense of urgency. If they were worried about food, they’d be snagging the acorns even before they fell to the ground.

3. The trees are in stress from drought, insects, or disease and are producing more acorns to ensure their eventual replacement.

4. It’s a repeating cycle – oaks periodically have years with plentiful acorn production to keep the animal population in balance.

The 4th one is complicated because, according to what I’ve read, it takes a few years for the cycle to unfold.

First year: Lots of acorns, so squirrels have plenty of food and thus have more offspring the next year.

That next year: There are more squirrels, so their predators have more food (poor squirrels!) and the predators multiply.

The year after that: There are less squirrels and so the predator population decreases too – part of nature’s plan.

After reading all of this, I’m still not sure which theory is correct.

I do know one thing – the acorns are taking over our yard!

What about in your neck of the woods?

Hope your weekend is full of sunshine, crisp autumn air, and things you like to do!

See ya Monday 🙂


Deck the Hall . . . with Fall!

autumnLately, I’ve been receiving some great suggestions for future blog topics and I’d like to thank all of you for your input!

Today’s topic comes from Cindi, who says:

“I love the upcoming holiday season from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. I would enjoy ‘decorating for the holiday’ posts.”

Thanks, Cindi! You’ve really got me thinking.

How about if we start with autumn in general, and then work our way through all of the holidays as the weeks go by?

My usual “go to” spot for all things beautiful is etsy, so I took on the role of “personal shopper” and discovered some wonderful items for your perusal! They’re perfect for welcoming the season. 😀

7 Beautiful Fall Leaves

Just look at the gorgeous colors on these autumn leaves! Made from beautiful fall colored fabrics and lined with natural quilt batting, their veins are machine stitched with a brown thread. Imagine all the pretty things you can do with them! Use one to decorate each place setting on your table, or arrange them in a crock for a centerpiece, or scatter them on a table top for a look that’s both casual and elegant at the same time!
Size: About 5″ wide to about 6″ tall.
From homespunannie

Fall Harvest Tote

This gorgeous Tote Bag features fabric with pumpkins, autumn leaves, & tossed acorns! There are two lined pockets on the inside of the bag, and a tab style closure with a cute green leaf button for the perfect finishing touch!
SIZE: 14”W x 9”H x 4”D. From southernstitches4855

Reversible Table Runner
Autumn Leaves / Winter Red Poinsettias

Now this is a great idea! Perfect to spruce up your table from September until January! The fall side has leaves, nuts and berries that have gold accents. The winter side has darker red poinsettias, also with gold accents. Size: 11 ½” x 41”. From ksewingbasket

Flower-Filled Pumpkin Pin

Time to break out that Fall blazer! And what’s the perfect touch to wear on your lapel? Why it’s a gorgeous pin created by the extraordinarily talented Beedeebabee, of course!!!

This 100% wool felt pin measures 2 1/2? across. It’s made completely by hand! Onto a solid black background, Paulette has added an adorable layered pumpkin that’s embellished with tiny flowers and leaves. Everything is embroidered and some pretty beads were added for a bit of sparkle.

If you purchase this pin from Beedeebabee, be prepared for everyone to want it! You probably shouldn’t let it out of your sight for any length of time. Just sayin’ 😉