Sunday, October 27, 2013


Fall is here ... The water's too cold for swimming, and the air too cool for drying clothes out on the porch. But the mosquitoes are also gone. I've not bitten in a couple of weeks. I didn't realize until now that not only do I switch from a summer writing pattern to school-days writing pattern, but that I have a different routine given whether it's hot or cold, and I'm finding this transition hard. I suspect the stack of good books I'm reading or planning to read is not helping my writing one bit. But I'm going to try to do better and write first, then read. I've also begun volunteering at school and it makes me realize how wonderful all the teachers are at school. I could never do even half the things they do with a group of children. We've been so blessed. I've not met a single teacher who has not been dedicated. The Blueboard created by Verla Kay has moved to its new digs at SCBWI in one piece! Lots of little glitches to take care of, but overall, a huge success. Check it out -- the best kid-lit community online. I've been a member nearly ten years!

Doesn't that clementine look ripe for the picking? It's in our back yard. Sun ripened and sweet. We've already eaten a couple and I wonder how many years it'll take until we no longer have to buy from the stores. Fall is here. What are you doing?


Mirka Breen said...

Gorgeous. That citrus wins the prize for a stunningly simple but effective fallish-photo.

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Bish Denham said...

Oh, I do love me a sweet clementine! As for what I'm doing? I'm getting back into the swing of blogging and visiting around... :)

R. T. Freeman said...

Vijaya ... that picture is so beautiful!

Up here in New England, the mosquitoes stopped a long time ago. We are expecting a frost tonight in our neck of the woods and everywhere that sense of "time to come in" happens earlier and earlier as the sun struggles to get high is the sky.

It's the BEST time of the year for both reading and writing!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I'm glad to be rid of the mosquitoes too. I'm enjoying the colorful foliage and the crispy crunchy soundtrack that now accompanies my walks.

Marcia said...

That clementine is gorgeous. I'd have to post apples, though we don't have them in our yard, unfortunately. I think the fall colors are a bit behind b/c of the summery first half of October, but our silver maple is losing 'em by the ton now.

Vijaya said...

Thank you, ladies and thank you Max for taking the picture.

Bish, I'm glad you have recovered and are making the rounds.

RT, it's hard to even think about frost when the temps are in the 60s, but I agree, a great time for both reading and writing.

Marcia and Ruth, I love the pretty fall colors. I'll look forward to some pretty pictures.