Sunday, September 30, 2007

Some Links....

As my favorite season approaches, I have decked out the home computers with wallpapers from this web site. I discovered her pages last year and quickly snagged three of the wallpapers. (The 2005 and 2004 cat wallpapers and the 2004 jack-o-lanterns...)

Since I was at it, I changed The House of Many Cats to our Halloween motif. Most of the graphics I used on that page came from Roxy's pages. She generously offers a wide variety of backgrounds, clip art and graphics for private use. Hers is a site I visit repeatedly.

And I spent so much time playing this game on-line that I finally had to buy it...

Sunday, September 23, 2007


There was frost on the deck yesterday morning but yesterday's clear skies gave way to a fast-moving band of rain that moved through the area last night. By the time I drove home, typhoon-warm rain was pouring down.

So I was surprised when sunshine greeted me this morning. Today's clear skies and blustery winds are quinessentially autumn. The grasses and fireweed are bending down in the brisk 20-knot breeze and a few yellow leaves skitter across the pavement--precursors of what is to come. On the hillsides, the seasonal color-change is just beginning in scattered clusters of alders, though the grasses have already taken on a decided autumnal tint.

I can feel my spirit clearing in the change of season, shaking away the lethargic depression of the summer. There is still sadness and deep pain in me for recent losses--Pickle Boy, sweet Sassy, and irreplaceable Dinky. (No loss has hit me quite so hard as hers since Kisa died.) But I can feel acceptance growing in me. I don't have to be content with the changes time has brought to us, but I can accept that what has happened is done and there isn't any contradiction I can make. I have to move on.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Creeping Autumn

Somehow--while I wasn't paying attention--the fireweed not only finished blooming but started changing colors.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Strong winds piled the clouds up yesterday afternoon. By sunset, the sky was full of standing lenticular clouds. This one, over the Seldovia area, was impressive in the low sun-angle.

Looking south across Kachemak Bay as sunset tints the clouds.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Autumn Morning

I woke up today feeling more rested than I have in weeks.

The day broke clear and sunny. In a fit of optimism, I opened the upstairs patio door while I made coffee so that the cats could enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The wave of cool air that spilled in drove the cats from their sleeping baskets and made me close the door again. I peered out at the suspiciously light-colored back deck.


I actually went downstairs and outside to verify that there was indeed frost on the deck. The thermometer on the woodshed read forty but there were delicate six-sided frost flowers on the boards of the back deck.

So I guess I not only have to wrap my head around the fact that summer is over but that autumn is well along as well.