“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”
We are just a hop, skip and a small jump away from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and believe it or not, Christmas. It’s time to think pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, warm coats, and snuggly sweaters. These are all things we will look forward to in the next several weeks.
So, is autumn your favorite time of year? I think it is mine. Have you ever visited Bauman’s farm in Gervais, Oregon? The family has been growing an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables sold in the farm market since 1895 when their great-grandmother Elizabeth Bauman first planted the land. Four generations of our family visit the farm each fall where we have a great time in the animal petting zoo and the kids play area. We eat our share of fresh donuts and drink homemade apple cider. We always find wonderful produce and fresh baked pastries to bring home for a harvest dinner. The pictures below are from a couple of years ago, but you’ll get the idea – very happy kids.
Granddaughter Ashley Baldwin married Joe Hunt on Saturday, September 4th on their farm outside Canby. It was timed perfectly for the flattering evening light. Dinner was set with long tables aligning the garden with wildflowers and candles strategically placed for ambience.
I was asked to give a short toast to bless the couple and as I prepared my remarks, I remembered how special our relationship had been for all of Ashley’s life. She was my buddy. She helped me with family dinners. We talked about her interests in books, history, and art. Once I had her join me in Paris. She also planned a week of traveling in Europe. She wanted to see the American Cemetery and Memorial for WWII heroes in the Netherlands. She had a fascination with Germany and studied the language.
This day, her wedding day, was just perfect and very much Ashley and Joe. Their small farm is full of life and living. Congratulations, kids. We wish you all the best of married life.
DID YOU KNOW . . .
That Halloween tourism is big business? Halloween destination travel might be added to your list of spooky things to experience. You could start with a trip to Salem, Massachusetts during their Halloween festival, Haunted Happenings or you might choose to get even more spooky by visiting the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico, a 3-day long celebration. The tradition goes back thousands of years. OK, perhaps we can think about these ideas for next year.
Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
This week includes a couple of potentially market-moving economic reports. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report for July is available this week. The number of job openings increased to a series high of 10.1 million in June, with the largest increases in job openings occurring in professional and business services (227,000), retail trade (133,000), and accommodation and food services (121,000). The Producer Price Index for August is also out this week. Prices at the producer level have been rising steadily over the past several months and have risen 7.8% for the 12 months ended in July.
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