JNW’s Halloween Challenge forest/plants



The last week of October begins. I did not get to read or write blogs yet again until the end of the week. And yet… I did get more cracks filled in the driveway in preparation for sealing it the end of this week. It seems for each crack filled another appears, but we are gaining on it in spite of the spate of heavy rain. I also got more stuff out of the house/garage, think early 1980 TV, old computer monitor, old docking station and bags of fabric and such to a textile drive. I also did some big organizing in my dining room turned studio. I hadn’t expected that 5 months after leaving my studio I still would be in a mess. But a home studio has drawbacks. While the commute is great, the chores are always just around the corner making grumbly noises. Joe and I also got out 2 days on long hikes, today on a short walk. It beats last October this time that is for sure, even with all the ups and downs that go with TBI and bypass recovery.

This image is my entry for Jennifer’s challenge, it has been a long time since I have done one! https://jennifernicholewells.com/2016/10/18/jnws-halloween-challenge-fallautumn/  This view is always beautiful in the fall, day after day until one day the leaves are just gone even without a windstorm. I am going to try to do a challenge a week in addition to a post. We’ll see how it goes!




Autumn days are fleeting. I am busy getting many overdue chores done before the leaves fall. The leaves are winning, but I soldier on. I have tackled the crack repair and sealing of the driveway, only about 25% left before I can pour that sealer on. I have been squeezing in a tiny bit of creative time each week, whether photography or mixed media. Not nearly as much as I would like though. I still have one show to get ready for and plenty of website work to get new pieces up ahead of Christmas. Why is it the chores are not fleeting? Yet they are not. Squeezing in fun time around chores is part of life, but oh how I long to just abandon the chores and hope elves come and do them! For now I will chip away at the chores, and I know I will be very pleased at accomplishing them, and I will take the fun spots as they come. I can always pull off the road to enjoy the view.

Small bits of autumn


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A little spot of autumn that I like to stop and enjoy. I used to see it everyday as I went to pick up the girls from school, in the days before they could drive. Now they are off at college, and my days don’t take me on the same route. So yesterday, when we happened to be passing by, I had to pull over and    take a photo. Autumn is so fleeting, one day the leaves are green, then the colors burst forth and suddenly the trees are bare and ready for winter. This season, so different from last fall, is one I am enjoying – however small the moments.

“M” is for migration



Today I said farewell to a dear friend who is moving many states away. Off on a new adventure years is the making. She is migrating, following a flight line to a new nesting place. Our time together today was as fun as always, and yet, a very bittersweet one. I feel so many doors have closed lately, and don’t see any opening to lead someplace new, exciting and good. All shall be well, all shall be well.

Studio cat


This is O’Neill, my home studio cat. He generally is asleep someplace, on something I would prefer he not be on. But he is a cat, leads his own type of life and is a good cat. At the moment he is “elsewhere” having wandered off during the full moon. It is unlikely he had gone to Vegas, it feels like he could be that far away. Hopefully he will make his way home in a day or so, tired and hungry. Maybe he will see the LOST  posters. One can only hope.