Fall is my most favourite time of the year. The cooler
weather suits me a great deal better then the heat and
(especially) the humidity of the summer season. And
I love the decorations that can be put out on display to
celebrate all things Fall. When I began hauling out
my Fall decorations I realized that I couldn't remember
just exactly where I'd put each item the previous year.
Well of course not .... everyone knows how short my
memory is. So I winged it and just put things where
they felt right to be. And then I took a picture so
that next year I'll have a visual reminder of where
everything goes .... as long as I remember that I
took a picture.
Today is one of those dull, dreary, pitching down
rain Fall days that inevitably appear at the end of
October. Colder temperatures and a brisk wind
make it rather unpleasant to be outside today and
this morning we had the first scattered flakes of
.... gulp!!!!! .... SNOW mixed in with the rain.
(Taking deep breaths here) And yet we also have
had some brilliant sunshine to tease and entice
us to venture outside for a while to enjoy the
fresh air and the waning garden. DH did just
that, planning to do a bit of gardening work,
and got caught in the inevitable return of the
And still I love the Fall.
Not a lot of cross stitching going on
around here, although the urge has
hit me strong and I may just pick
up needle and thread pretty soon.
Meanwhile this year I've become
enamoured with Zentangling ....
or Zendoodling and have been
making tentative attempts at my
The above is more of a doodle and
represents an afternoon on the deck
in August with pens and paper in hand.
A zendoodle for sure. I'm learning
all the various patterns ... and there
are lots and lots of them being
created all the time .... and some
are easier then others. I like adding
colour to mine with markers since I
am not too great at adding shading
And here is a Zentangle mandala
that I made.
There are a ton of great blogs and
websites on the net with Zentangle
patterns to see and tutorials on
how to draw them.
I received a lovely Halloween treat in
the mail on Friday from Paula in Portugal
who stitched this terrific Prairie Schooler
design for me. Love it!! Thank you
dear Paula for your thoughtful gift.
A year or so ago I read Sarah's Key
by Tatiana De Rosnay. A tragic
story, so incredibly sad and disturbing
but very well written for all that. So
last week I read another book by the
same author and enjoyed it as well.
A bittersweet story about a man's
search for the truth about his mother's
death when he was a child.
Oh look, the sun is back out again.