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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Meteorological Autumn Begins Very Soon!

I am SO EXCITED that I can barely type!!

Meteorological autumn begins here in the United States on Monday, September 1st, 2014, and lasts through November 30th. Hallelujah! I know some of my friends think I'm a nutty nut and a kooky kook, but I actually thrive on the shorter daylight hours and the cooler temperatures which will soon be headed our way. Conversely, my fellow migraineurs and some of my fellow CFS/CFIDS/ME patients will join me in the rejoicing. Summer is wicked for migraines - too much heat, too much humidity, too much daylight, and way too many allergens. I loved having my petunias this summer, and I loved time out in the yard enjoying our beautiful and majestic glowingly green maples and stately spruces, watching the birds and other wildlife this summer. But I am breathing a sublime sigh of relief that the "baddies" - the allergens are going sooner to their graves, to leave me and the other summer allergy sufferers to recover and bounce back to vitality.

Fall is one of my two favorite times of the year, the other being the season of winter (even when winter is one long Polar Vortex such as last year!). My hometown has many, many, many lovely maples which turn gorgeous shades of orange, red, and gold in September. I haven't been out on a leaf peeping photo shoot walk in a few years, so I think I'd better get my cameras and batteries all gussied up to take a local tour. My mom will be here from Florida during the fall colors this year, so we are certain to get some pictures.

Spring was cruel to our little back yard "orchard", and froze a good number of blossoms of the apple trees. So, there aren't as many apples to pick this year. However, we will have enough McIntosh apples for noshing, and for baking pies and crisps (heavy on the cinnamon!), as well as turning into apple butter (a good low/no fat alternative to butter or olive oil on home baked breads).

Just over one month and we'll be taking the window air conditioner units out! It seems like it wasn't that long ago that we had them put in. Last year, our friend Al from church took them out for us on St. Francis Day (October 4th). This means that I had better begin the work of organizing and cleaning my room already! Baskets of sewing and crafts, books, books, and more books all in the way. Dust, and dust bunnies rearing their vicious heads. Errant missing socks and Isotoner slippers given up for lost, shall be found, and rejoiced over more than the ones that didn't stray! I could write volumes about "Prodigal Socks and Slippers", which is part of why I have acquired so many new socks and pairs of slippers!

I have been doing a lot of reading, and have decided to do more in the realm of book reviewing. Am currently in the process of reading four different books to review, three for Ave Maria Press, and one for Revell. I am thoroughly enjoying this, and hope to be able to provide some good reviews. The reviews will indeed be here on my blog in the next month to two months, as well as on Goodreads.com. Will need to brush up on review writing basics. Basically, my plan is to not run off at the keyboard. In short, to keep things simple, and to provide information in a somewhat brief and to the point fashion. Unlike how I blog, ha ha ha. :-)

It's a very rainy Labor Day holiday weekend, perfect for reading. Did you all see that Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was released for Kindle in July? It was about time!

I've got other not-to-be-reviewed books on my bedside table and on my Kindle. I'll post about those this coming week. In the meantime, 'tis behooving me to draw this post to a close and then to set up my new/old custom domain for the Saintly Quotations blog. It's going back to Saintly Quotations (saintlyquotations.com) by Monday, September 1st. Just waiting for my domain server to be set up tonight before I redirect the blogspot url for it to its custom domain. I'll edit this post later once the deed is done!

PLEASE KNOW THAT I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ***EVERYONE*** WHO VISITS MY BLOGS - those past, present, and future. May the peace of Christ be with you in a tangible way; may it be "Shalom" peace: Peace of spirit, peace of mind, peace of body. God bless you, sisters and brothers in Jesus. Know and fix in your heart that He who created all things is watching over you with the tender care of a loving parent doting over His beloved child, as if you were the only one to love. You don't have to compete with anyone for His love. You get it ALL! May He enable you to receive and experience more and more of His deep, tender, intimate, personal love for you with each new day... even each new hour!

Holy Hugs in the Lord to you! 

Much love in Jesus!

- Christine