Fall Finally

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This summer went on extra long this year. Here in the Northwest there should be frost on the ground on a clear morning or chilly rain falling all the time. We are still having warm afternoons and breaks in the weather that make it unclear if it is October or if it’s still August. The leaves have finally started changing color so I no longer feel in seasonal limbo. Without a cold snap the colors are less impressive, but still pretty. We have some storms flowing through. Being in a new area lets me observe differences more drastic than when we moved within a single county for the first decade and a half of our marriage. This area is flat with more likelihood for ocean winds to travel this far inland. I can say I do prefer flat mud! My daughter and I can count on too many hands the injuries muddy hills have caused us.

Right now I’m watching grey clouds skim past us. The long drive I have to go on tomorrow will be tough with all this wind, but I love wind most of the time. I often stand on my front porch just to listen. All my time out there in the quiet of a rural world has inspired a question. Would we be able to hear wind if not for trees and plants?

 

What do you think?

What do you love about the fall?

“You want me to WAIT!?!?!?”

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I am a die hard reader.

I have to force myself to step away from a story until the very end. This means a series really takes a lot of time out of my daily life. I’m raising children so this reading trait is not ideal at the moment. I end up not reading many things because I don’t want to wait, but that would be good because I would break up the reading over years instead of standing over the stove holding a book and stirring. I have the same problem with movies and TV shows. I just watch episode after episode until I realize my husband will be up for work soon and I should at least pretend to be asleep! At least with books I’m a fast reader.

Even my own book keeps expanding leaving my impatient to know the end. A three book series shrank to two and I was happy with that. But recently my characters kept bugging me with storyline that goes beyond the current plans for book two. Okay. Three book series are common. I can do that. Right? Uh oh. They were at it again, those crazy characters. Four books???

Canceled shows that have years of seasons to work through are my gluten free bread and butter. The West Wing can take weeks. The Buffy/Angel world takes even longer to watch. Firefly should take weeks out of my life, not a day or two. At least Farscape got more years before the chopping block caught up.

Seasoned writers have a back log so I can go to the next one without dwelling on the story for years as if I stopped mid-sentence. The first time I drew a line at waiting-for-the-next-one was as a teenager. The Wheel of Time was never going to end. My cousin and I decided to wait until the last predicted one and then read it at the same time. Hah! Has the last one even shown up yet?

With Bujold and her Miles Vorkosigan series I can take my time and not be left anxiously waiting for the next one. I started Harry Potter when book four was coming out so I got a good run of reading in before I ended up waiting… and waiting… and… (sitting on the edge of my seat, biting nails… when… when will I know what happens?)

I need to get better at reading newer authors and being patient for the next book. After all that is what I am asking of my readers. There are good stories I’m missing out on because of this trait.

This is my goal for 2015: I need to find three or four books that will require me to be patient for a year or two after I read them.

Any suggestions?

I recently read The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It was well worth it, but didn’t leave me with a cliff hanger so I need a few of precipices followed by THE END-see-you-next-book to teach me a lesson help me practice patience.

What are your reading and viewing quirks? What new series are you waiting on book two of?

 

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It’s the time of year for getting Squash-ed!

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Pumpkins are one of the great things in life. My family went to a pumpkin patch as part of our attempt to go on adventures. Some adventures will be close to home and some will be far away.

Saturday the sky was prone to fits and bursts of precipitation, but sunshine would break through as well. As part of teaching money skills, each child had a baggie of 8 quarters or more.

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It was raining when we left home, but thankfully stopped as we parked. It was like the fair at a farm! You could hurl pumpkins, go through corn mazes, play different games and more, but we just wanted pumpkins.

Our first stop at the farm was the pricing examples. Each size was labeled with a price and each child determined what sizes they could get with their money. (my older ones had more money since they want to carve the pumpkins and the younger ones will only be painting theirs)

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We found the closest field of large orange orbs and started our hunt.

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After picking our pumpkins we paid and headed back to the van when suddenly the clouds burst out in a downpour. Once home we sat in the driveway watching the flood down the windshield and the hail attempt to attack us. Then we made a run for it.

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We all had fun. Part two of the adventure will be in the next week: turning pumpkins into decorations.

Enjoy these pictures of our pumpkin adventure.

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Have a wonderful Harvest month everyone!

Insanity Days

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Some days are utterly crazy. Last school year it was Tuesdays. I called them Insanity Tuesdays. I wasn’t ever home more than a half hour before I had to drag another kid to another appointment, to another activity, to another class… From speech therapy to church activities, it never failed to be Tuesday that things happened to happen.

Life ends up with so many strands to follow that it might as be a bowl of spaghetti squash. Everything gets so busy I’m not sure how I a whole month ends up passing as if it was a day. Even with all the planned appointments and meetings and trips there ends up being messes that show up to make the day more interesting. Raising seven children likely adds to the insanity for me. I do try to treasure the good moments I have with them. This next year I will go from one to three teenagers and so many preteens! Life will be full of new adventures to write about. Or are they misadventures?

During the busy times that rain down upon me, I seem to go missing from online sources. This last insanity week lasted for two! Our phone and internet was down 90% of the time which makes an obvious reason for lack of internet presence! I know everyone understands this phenomenon to a degree.

So when I am silent consider me Missing In Insanity Action, but that I will probably rescue myself and show up again with more tales to tell and fun adventures to record.

What do you call your very busy time periods?