Category Archives: weather

Odes to Autumn

Before October ends, I had to get these photos of our local Bainbridge fall colors out. I’m so glad I took these shots because we had strong winds blow a lot of these leaves off just a day later. I hope you enjoy them!
fall colors on Bainbridge Island
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus
fall colors pond
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
― Henry David Thoreau
pumpkin patch
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John Donne
fall color tree
“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
― P.D. James
fall colors
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Oklahoma Dog Survives Tornado

Oklahoma had a 2-mile wide tornado rip through the Oklahoma City area yesterday killing 24 and leveling neighborhoods. What a terrible disaster. But if you need a fleck of good news in that horrendous story, watch this amazing video. As the woman stands in the piles of rubble that was her house and gives a tv interview, her dog gets discovered.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Oklahomans, 2-legged, 4-legged and all the rest.

Holiday Recommendations

For Christmas this year, after a valiant fight I fell to an evil cold. Crud had been circulating in my household around the island for a few weeks. I guess it was inevitable that my husband the sickly environment would succeed in thoroughly germifying me.

I became what’s known to my dog as a wonton-maker (Kleenex and. . . .). But as a new and messy twist, she’s gotten lazy in her 11th year. Rather than pull used Kleenex from trash cans and eat them, she only does this:
All over the house.

It’s sweet, right?

Since I’ve been indoors for days, I have been doing things beyond perfecting my nose-blowing technique and examining my inner eyelids, and I recommend them all to you–

I read this book and really enjoyed it:

I watched this movie and loved it:
I drank Eleven wine in tiny chocolate cups.Which may have set back my recovery by a few hours, but who asked you, anyways?

And I got to spend time caressing my new baby, who feels smooth and fresh and fits my small hands. We hope to make beautiful music together once my brain turns back on.So, even if it’s wet and gloomy outside and you’re mouth-breathing more than you’d like and for no sexy reason, I hope you, too, can find a few of your own reasons to smile during the holidays.(our PNW driveway in December)