There is a definite nip to the air most days now. Not that I am complaining, mind you. Much as I like warm weather and dislike the really cold, this has been, overall, a not that great summer. It was either hot and humid, or raining, or both. So, now that we are seeing some sunny, puffy cloud skies with comfortable temperatures, I am happy.
Leaves are starting to drift from the trees, also. Not much color change on the leaves yet here in southern NY, but I am sure it’s coming soon. There are mums and pumpkins on everyone’s porches and in gardens. I put a mum out front here and picked up a cute little scarecrow to put in the pot. Halloween decorations are starting to show up, as well, but I usually wait until a couple weeks into October for that. I think fall gets a short enough time to shine, what with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays coming up right away. I like to let the pumpkins, gourds, and other fall things have their fair share of spotlight.
One of my projects for the winter is to get some ideas and actual plans for gardens and landscaping for next year. I did not do a lot other than some weeding and trimming this year because I knew anything I did would be impulsive and quick and I want to do a better job than just sticking stuff in the ground, willy-nilly. I am going to have to solicit the BaldMan’s help to do some measuring so I can lay out some plans. The biggest issue we have here is that we don’t get a lot of sun in the back yard. The best sun is in front so that would be the ideal spot for growing vegetables. The front yard is a wicked slope and the BaldMan is not happy about mowing it because it is steep and difficult. One thing we’ve discussed is having a landscape company come in a give us an idea on what it would cost to terrace that hill into a series of gardens. That would solve a few problems. No more mowing the steep hill, and I could work vegetables and maybe some blueberry bushes or something similar into the terraces. Something to think about, anyway.
In other news, I have been able to get some revision time in on the short short fiction collection over the past couple weeks. I want to give each of the twenty-four stories a good read through and edit, and then I am going to try to find some beta readers to take a look at them. I hope to be at that point by mid-October at the latest. And then there is NaNoWriMo in November. *sigh* I have a feeling that I am going to end up passing on it this year again. I have nothing planned or even thought about, so unless some great idea pops into my head before long, I’ll be sitting NaNo out again. I’m not sure that would be a bad thing, anyway. I can use the time to do some maintenance work here that has needed doing, and really concentrate on the short short collection so I can finally get that together and published! It will also let me get back into the writing rhythm after a too-long break.
Y’all have a great week, and if you are getting this lovely fall weather, or lovely whatever weather, enjoy it!
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