Fall arrives Saturday

Even though temperatures around here might not feel like it, autumn begins Saturday.

Since we live in North Texas or Southern Oklahoma, most of us probably use something other than the weather to tell us when fall arrives. After all, it is not uncommon for us to wear shorts all of the way to Thanksgiving.

For some folks, the first time under the Friday night lights means fall has arrived. For others that first home game by their favorite pro football team is the sure sign. Still others wait for the pumpkins to arrive in great bins at the grocery store.

Many wait until they have celebrated their town’s annual festival before calling it fall. Folks who attended Sherman’s recent Arts Festival got to do so in some very fallish weather. The folks over in Whitesboro, however, might not think fall begins until the Peanut Festival arrives. That wondrous of all fall festivals happens on the third Saturday in October.

Oddly enough, there isn’t a local fall festival slated for the first day of Autumn this year.

I start praying for fall shortly after the 4th of July and was in honest heartfelt discussion with God about it all during August. That Texas heat just about drains me. But late September and October more than make up for it.

A few years ago, I would start getting excited when local stores put out their fall decorations. Nowadays, that starts right after they take down the graduation stuff. This year I saw some Christmas stuff up in June.

In the Herald Democrat’s Sherman office, we welcomed fall with some potted mums. How ever you spend your first Saturday of Fall, have some fun — and maybe a big cup of apple cider or a piece of apple pie.

Happy birthday Friday to Mark Allen Blevins, Cathy Boyd, Jimmy Daniel, Allen Eastridge, Shirley Watson, Leonard Bell Jr., Lauren Nash, Richard Lair, Shameka Taylor and Elizabeth Jean Polk, all of Sherman; Bill Waldrip and Ronnie Riddle, both of Denison; Lynda Lou Uphouse of Aubrey; Gerald Hannan of Colbert Okla.; Libbey Hickman of Southmayd; twins, Earl and Burl Davis of Van Alstyne; Raymond Tucker of Collinsville.

Happy birthday Saturday to Tharon Ann Shears of Whitesboro; Rev. Jim Branscum, Rev. Billy Milam, Sue Rickes, Andrea Galvan and Elaine Green, all of Denison; Betty Weaver, Judy Wood, Connie Hartwig, Percy Steward, Patti Barrett, Delores Henderson, Willie A. Coleman and Kayla Ann Buck, all of Sherman; Ruby Dodd Miskey of San Antonio; Karen Ellis of Luella; Martha Phillips of Van Alstyne.

Happy anniversary Saturday to Gary and Donna Gressett of Collinsville, 39 years; Alvin Brown Sr. and Cynthia Brown of Sherman, 33 years.