I never thought I would become a once-a-week blogger with nothing more to say than just a few random thoughts. I guess 78 days without rain will do that to a person who is used to 78 days with rain. I must admit that although it is lovely, and warm, and sunny, it is getting on my nerves. Not that I'm a rain lovin' Seattleite but a few showers here and there are just plain necessary. We are enjoying the most beautiful of sunsets yet it has come with a price...the air quality. There are so many wildfires burning in the surrounding areas that the air is thick and difficult to breathe in if you have allergies or asthma. The trees are so dry that the leaves have died on the branches and are an ugly brownish colour, so unlike our beautiful Autumns of the past. It just doesn't feel like high school/college football season, watching our favourite teams while the fan blows cool air throughout. Then come morning I can hear the sounds of the furnace clicking on.
Much has changed about blogging since way back when I stared this blog. It was like being part of a club, a wonderful club of extended friendships. It took awhile to get going but once the 'trio' (Hallie, Kim-d, and Ness) started commenting things have never been the same and I have never looked back, until now. Halls, Kim, Ness, Deb x5, Jo, Josette, Laura, another Deb or two, Kelly, Karen, and so many others have all gone by the wayside. On to bigger and better things I suppose. We all start our blogs for different reasons and some of us find what we need and move one but I do miss them. I have several bloggers who have taken their place, who blog often, are entertaining and supportive and have no agenda, and I love them and have made some great friends that will survive blogland one way or another. If I really think about it I am most upset with the blogs I have faithfully followed that have now turned into marketing machines. Not that I haven't had the occasional give-away but this somehow feels different. Cold. Impersonal. I just hate having to click on another page to read the rest of the post...and commenting *sigh.* I don't always leave a comment when I visit, sometimes I don't have time and I want to read as many of your posts as possible but most of the time I do. And most of the time when someone takes a moment to comment on my posts I try to get back to them, usually by e-mail, so that we have a give and take kind of relationship going on. It doesn't always work that way as most bloggers are no-reply commentors, and I am not quite sure how to handle that one. Do you reply by e-mail or in your own comment section, or not at all? Anyway, just thinking on paper and I am sure that things will change, in fact I know it will!
We went in search of some "Fall" colour and foliage yesterday, a nice little hike down to the river, without much luck. As I mentioned the leaves have not changed to their usual Fall glory and the river was quite low...so much so that we couldn't get closer due to some downed trees from last winter. We couldn't find pumpkins or pumpkin pie spice or even pumpkin spice lattes when we were out so we drove out towards the mountain. Came across a roadside stand that had every kind of pumpkin you could imagine, in every shape, colour and size...gourds galore...corn and their stalks, veggies, apples and even a few goats. We loaded up on "honey-crisp" apples, some corn and a few pumpkins and on the way out the owner asked me if I would like some sunflowers for the seed and to feed the birds that visit. I have never seen such huge sunflowers! I have had them drying out on the porch and I think the squirrels have been feasting. I hung one up on a plant hanger and I think the birds are checking it out but so far I haven't caught any of them paying much attention, maybe when the seeds are drier and easier to get away from the flower. (the photos in my last post are of ONE of those sunflowers).
I didn't realize I had so much on my mind, I'm not usually one to share it all at once! I have a little story to tell later this week and I will show you my Great Pumpkin fail. Have a nice week all of you and remember "life is a beautiful mess!" Indeed.