Hiya! Hoke’ ! Good to see you this week. Is it cold where you’ve been hiding out this week? It is here. At noon yesterday it was 71F… by 3 pm it was 51F. Brrr…what a fast drop. Usually, this kinda rapid drop results in some thunder-boomers. Not so, but we did get a very chill rain. Sun’s out today. It’s nice an warm at that table by the window. Grab a cuppa coffee, hot tea, cocoa, or a sasspirilla (root beer) if you’d like. I’m reusing an old picture this week, it should tell you that I’m back to writing again. A great thing! A great escape from current world events, eh.
So, this week, I managed to haul out the holiday bin which was clear at the back and all the way at the bottom of the storage closet. Always happens that way, doesn’t it? I went looking for it to get out the fall/autumn/halloween decorations… Turns out I didn’t have much, just a garland of leaves, a couple of little figurines, and a set of halloween kitchen towels/pot holders. I don’t really see much of a need as we don’t have children or tricker treaters in our neighborhood. Still, I put them out… place feels a little festive. I picked up a small (one pie size) pumpkin at the store to add to the table.
It’s about time to rearrange the living room. Not sure why, but there’s an odd thing here in fall and spring. The television goes beserk and decides that it simply must change walls if I want to continue watching the evening news. It’s bizarre, but it’s been that way since we moved to this state. I moved an acccent table to the dining area so we can set the crock pot there, more convenient to a power source. Then, well, I decided to send the bookcase (that’s been on it’s side with the tv on it) upstairs and use the little endtable I got at the thrift to set the tv/dvd player on. The new tv is so light that it sits just fine on top of the dvd player; takes up less of a footprint that way, too. I took my sewing upstairs, where it’s supposed to be to begin with, and was almost ready to move furniture and small rug out to vacuum and shampoo the carpet. I clean that way… taking everything down to the bare. The old recliner, held together with duct tape is making it’s last journey across the room and out the door tomorrow. YEAH! It will put us down to two wicker chairs again, but at least those are movable so I can clean the way I like to clean. I’m on the lookout for a coffee table. A simple, 4-leg model that you can put your legs under! So far, I’ve found a few, but they weren’t in the best condition and way over-priced for the condition they were in at that. So, in the morning, first thing, I’ll shampoo the carpet before we set out for our “fall leaf drive’.
About that… every year, it’s been our tradition to take a day trip through southeast Ohio… down through the Hocking Hills region. The leaves are always beautiful this time of year, hence our name for it. We usually stop somewhere along the way and grab a ‘picnic’ type lunch, go hiking, and stop somewhere on the trail to eat. Not sure how that is going to play out tomorrow. To start with, we’ll pack the cooler so we don’t have to stop at a store that may/may not be open (covid). We hope our fave trails are open for hiking, but if they aren’t we’ll stop and eat in the car. I’ll take the camera, of course. Still grumbling that I don’t have a working zoom lens anymore. Really cramps my photoging of wild things and insects. grrr… I looked at a new lens, but the cheapest price new is over 600 with taxes. Insanely expensive, especially right now. If the old lens would only hold focus… sigh…. Anyway, hoping the leaves are in full color. This past week’s frost should have them popping out their brightest this weekend.
Writing… Oh, maybe you better refill your cup and grab you a cookie or two. They’re fresh, baked this morning before the sun rose. Peanut butter today… hubby’s fave for the “leaf drive”. There’s plenty so have your fill. I’m writing again, as you can see. Toying with a couple of plotlines that I want to flesh out next month during NANO. Do you, or are you, going to Nano this year? Like I said, I have a few things on the burner. I want to get back to “Spirit Trails”, it’s important to me to continue that journey. I’ve just started playing with something that I wrote quite a long time ago (Thank you to my son who found all those old letters that he actually saved, and then sent them to me. Wow, I read them and think “Girl, you were way too young…”. It is interesting to see how I matured over the years in both reality and in writing. ). I’ve also got two other stories that have been started and are just hanging out waiting for that last chapter or three. So, I’m thinking that it’s going to be a “catch me all” year with Nano. We’ll see.
Not much else happening in my neck of the woods. Ballots are cast, covid is still alive and beating up everyone it comes into contact with, and another season is passing through. Hope you have a great week! Take a moment to bask in the beauty of autumn, hug a loved one. Tell those you love that you love them. Be good to yourself and others.
God Bless, Bear