Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Fall, Y'all!

On this first day of fall, we finished up a simple but time-consuming fall craft: felted acorns. After searching for acorn caps, felting some roving I had hanging around, and assembling everything, this little project took us nearly a week to make. We finished them just last night--Fall Eve.

Today we played outside nearly all day. Vivvie (as she now calls herself) took Gray Cat for a walk this morning and sang him lullabies all the way down the driveway. Seamus caught his first snake today, a Common Garter Snake, and learned the proper way to hold it. My heart was pounding the whole time, but no harm came to either of them. When I wasn't outside, I spent the rest of the day grading papers and baking molasses cookies and cornbread. Hello fall!

What did you do on this first day of fall?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Almost Fall

We are so ready for fall over here. Ready for pumpkins and mums, fall leaves, corn mazes, hay rides, flocks and flocks of migrating birds, and chilli for dinner. We've already eaten one pumpkin pie and purchased countless apple cider doughnuts.

This morning the kids and I took a walk in our long sleeves and wool hats. There were wooly worms everywhere, and the songbirds, woodpeckers, even a couple of Red-Tailed Hawks were calling and circling the forest. It was cool and felt like fall was almost here. We looked at the end-of-summer wildflowers, the pokeweed, the jewelweed. The kids pretended to be wildlife photographers. But in our little garden our tomatoes were only just reddening. In a few weeks it will all be yellow around here.

Friday, September 6, 2013


Issue 14 of Corium Magazine is live with my story, Stadium. I'm so happy to be part of such a gorgeous issue with such a great lineup of writers.
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