September and October are my favorite months. Yes, there’s November looming with its scramble to batten down the hatches, but September and October are those months where summer work is mostly done, and I can sit down and simply enjoy Earth. Sure, there’s a bit of cleanup and tidying yet to do, but, all in all, it’s time to wallow in the relative quiet of kids gone back to school, tourists gone home — a time to embrace the Gravy Days, as my mother used to call them.
Our October this year didn’t start in gravy. There was a cold foreboding to the weather that promised a very cold, hard winter. Everybody felt it. Then, midway through, things changed. And we got, not Indian Summer, but Gravy Days, all the same. Last fall clean-ups in pleasant progress and, yes, finally, the roofing crew, promised in Spring, here two days before the rains come.
My biggest project prior to November is … raking the drive and the pathways in preparation for snow removal this winter, manual clean-up necessary to get the bits of branches and fallen leaves cleared so they don’t get sucked into the snow blower with our inevitable wet snow and bind up the big machine, which, if and when that happens, makes me turn the air, not just blue, but purple with my cussing.
Hand-Raking the Drive
This morning early, ~1AM, it was breezy, but balmy. Later, by 7AM, the wind had turned vengeful and bitter.
Winter is coming.
I’m very glad Forrest will be home this winter, not driving dangerous roads. Meanwhile, though, the chill put a damper on my spirits — completely. It’s depressing to think that, in a matter of days to a spare couple of weeks, we could be facing below zero temperatures …which would be very early, even for North Idaho.
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For The Record
I voted for NEITHER Hillary NOR Trump.
My 2018 Writer’s Book
My New Anthology
Under my E. J. Ruek pen name
Under my C. J. "Country" James pen name
Under my SF pen name
FOR WRITERS: People ask me about fans. Here's what I think: I think acquiring an effective fan base is dependent upon striking a chord with the right influential and admired people. Without them, you're just whistling in the wind, no matter how much potential appeal your work may have.
- If You are a Flutist, Beginning or Advanced, I Suggest This Book
This is a very slim volume written by my teacher, the pre-eminent flutist, Professor Richard Hahn. It's only $5, so it isn't going cause you any pain and may, in fact, bring a good bit of ease and practical help.
night by d. l. keur
Spirit of the moon,
Rising at the death of solar light,
Furls the wings of eagles' flight
Until the images of night
Are but an echo.
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