I prefer to think of it as late, LATE October

November 13, 2014 @ 4:01 pm | Filed under: Assorted and Sundry


I’ve been unusually (for me) quiet here lately. Partly it’s due to some unexpected work keeping me out of the house a lot more than usual. But also I’ve just been taking some breathing-in time. Reading, thinking, sketching, a bit (a very little bit) of painting. Reading, hoo boy, my Cybils pile means a whole lot of breathing in…I have so many books I want to tell you about! I’m hoping next week sees a return to a more usual blogging schedule for me.

But (gasp) here it is practically mid-November already, and the kids are practicing for the Christmas recital, and I’ve booked Jane’s train tickets for Thanksgiving (hoorah!), and my editor plans to send notes on my manuscript before the holiday, and—well, I guess it’s a good thing I took a little time to be pensive because there will be precious little time for that during the next two months, eh?

Pumpkins have overrun our front yard. Last year’s decorative pumpkins decomposed quietly under a bush all year; at first we meant to throw them out but then it became so interesting to watch how much more quickly the one mostly in the sun deteriorated than the one completely in the shade. Eventually the heat desiccated them both and the brittle, papery sides split open and exposed the seeds to that one little bit of rain we had. Voila, sprouts galore. Now little green globes that promise to be autumnally orange right around, oh, I’d say Christmas. Right on track for the topsy-turvy seasons of this crazy place.

Glorious right now: my zinnias, which I don’t remember planting. They came up intermingled with the sunflowers, so perhaps someone spilled a seed packet back in June. I did have a lot of helpers that day. Garden surprises are the very nicest kind.

(One of the only kind of surprises I like, come to think of it.)

A neat thing from yesterday: the Stone Writing Center at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, named me their “Writer Crush” for the day. 🙂

Even cooler: this comment from Dori White’s niece on my Sarah and Katie post!

Making my life easier: Google Inbox. Anybody else using it?

Yikes, I’m out the door again in 15 minutes. Your turn. I’m way behind on blog-reading (blame Cybils) and I miss you guys! What’s new?

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  1. Ooo, photos of green pumpkins please! 🙂

    New with me is I have a blog-friend visiting from far away across the world and It.Is.Amazing. 🙂

  2. So nice, Ellie! I wish I were there! 🙂

  3. We fantasized about having a group gathering here **one day** and renting a house so there’d be accommodations for all … 🙂

    One day 🙂

  4. GORGEOUS flower, how I WISH we could turn back time to October… just got the editorial notes I was meant to get at the beginning of October, so am frantically trying to finish up before MY turn for the Cybils – second tier judge this time. I keep thinking January is so far away, but… uh, no. Darn it. Meanwhile, my WIP is only 3/4 of the way done, and was meant to be presented to my agent in January as well… where did the time [READ: my brain] go???

    Meanwhile, got roped into arranging a Thanksgiving readers theater PLUS an entire DIY Messiah for our church, the first of what is hoped will be an annual event. YIKES. What part of “just say no to everything, you’ve already got enough on your plate” did I miss???