Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fall Colors...

If you've never lived here in North Central Nowhere, where Nothing Ever Happens and there's Nothing To Do, well, hey, I'm sorry. We're slippery-sliding into autumn right now. Even though the temperatures are still climbing into the 80s on a lot of days, they're also diving headlong into the 40s at night. This means that if no one was looking, some of us would run the air conditioning during midday hours and turn on the furnace when we get up in the morning. (I can't do this because the boyfriend always notices things like that.)

But the colors here--I'm writing this in only one of them--defy description. I remember being so surprised that Vermont in October really does look like calendar pictures. So does Indiana. Plus I'm pretty sure our entire state smells like apples and cornfields and burning leaves. (There's a pig farm down the road that distributes an entirely different smell, but that's only certain times of the day, thank goodness--and carnivore that I am, I do really love ham and pork chops. Sigh.)

Well, I see I'm wandering here, when all I really wanted to do was brag about fall in the Midwest, where it truly is glorious. It sounds like Friday night high school football and crunching leave and feels good. Even though the truth is that things really do happen here and there really are things to do, those of us who were born here love the reputation we have. I think we like knowing something the rest of the world doesn't.

Except that I just told, didn't I? Oh, well...have a good day, everybody.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cheryl St. John

I'm so excited! I'm off to visit Cheryl St. John's blog this week. There'll be a drawing for a few books (including my first one, Always Annie, published a looooong time ago), plus some good conversation, so stop by at http.//cherylstjohn.blogspot.com/ and join in.

In other news, my favorite son-in-law, Jim, is an assistant football coach at our local high school--where Duane's and my children and I all graduated--and the Warriors are now 5-0, having broken an 11-year standoff by a regional nemisis.

Have a great week.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Hello to Marion, Indiana

I'm playing around with color a little here, maybe because it's late and I'm sleepy.

I'm going to be signing books at Waldenbooks in Marion, Indiana on September 15 between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. I'll be glad to see you if you come!

It's going to be a busy day, too, because some friends and I are going to see Gary Puckett that night. Anyone else remember him from his Union Gap days? What a voice he has!

I'm also going to visit Cheryl St. John over at her blog as soon as I can get over there. It's been a hectic week here. Hope you're having a good one!


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