Festival of Leaves, Week #12: Still holding on

We’ve had a spell of warm weather here, and several large trees have stopped dropping their leaves.  Many shrubs and little saplings in the woods are still holding on to their leaves as well. Cold weather is coming in soon though, and all will be gone.

I shall miss colors such as these…

I shall miss these colors

See more autumn leaves here.  And many thanks to Dawn for hosting the Festival of Leaves challenge this year!




The “hind catcher” gets a catcher’s mitt that’s over 90 years old

Back in May of 2016, grandson Ben was featured in my post Appalachian Sayings: The “hind catcher”.  (The term hind catcher refers to the position of catcher on a baseball team.)

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This past weekend our little hind catcher was given a catcher’s mitt that is over 90 years old. It was given to him by his grandfather (my husband) and was once owned by his great grandfather who played baseball on an industrial league team.

The trademark on the mitt (which I had to research) was used by the Goldsmith Company on baseball gloves they manufactured between 1923 and 1925.

Catcher's mitt - trademark

We don’t know if the mitt was purchased new or not, and we’re not sure on which team Ben’s great grandfather was playing when he used it.  It would have been either the baseball team from the Singer Sewing Machine Company or the team from South Bend Lathe Works.  It’s possible that he played for both, as he worked first for Singer and then for South Bend Lathe during the 1920s and 1930s.  Both companies were located in South Bend, Indiana.

Here are the front and back of the mitt…

Catcher's mitt - full front

Catcher's mitt - full back


And closeups of the stitching and of the buckle on the back…

Catcher's mitt - stitching

Catcher's mitt - buckleon back


Ben was very happy to show off his vintage catcher’s mitt and was very grateful to his G-Pa for entrusting it to him.

Ben and G-Pa

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“I love older things that people have used and cherished. They have personality, character, and soul.”  (Anna Hillegass)


Festival of Leaves, Week #11: The last to turn


The Japanese Maples always are the last to change color, turning bright red as the other trees begin to completely lose their leaves.

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See more autumn leaves here.  And join Dawn in her Festival of Leaves challenge!

Little country roads

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“Autumn is timed for little country roads
And hearts attuned to travel at their pace. . . ” 

(Mary E. Linton)

Festival of Leaves, Week #10: Down the road

Down the road

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Festival of Leaves, Week #9: At the edge of Yonah Mountain

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Autumn and Jim Bishop


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“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”     (Jim Bishop)

Autumn and William Cullen Bryant

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“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  (William Cullen Bryant)

Autumn and George Eliot

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”   (George Eliot)

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Pets

He was abandoned as a kitten at a water park, and I brought him home 20 years ago. Always afraid to go outside after that, he remained an indoor cat which may be the reason he has lived so long. He’s a sweet, sweet pet.


See more pets or join Cee’s challenge here.