For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears from their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth… Such are the autumn people.
~ Ray Bradbury
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would welcome you to my
lair home. Mua-ha-ha-ha. And then I would chuckle because as much as I (used to) enjoy horror novels and scary movies, I am not very good at acting the part of a frightening character or pulling off the evil laugh. Let’s grab our beverages and a snack or two, and go have a seat on the front porch. It’s warm and sunny here today, and we’ll be the first to try out the renovated porch. It looks so much better now. We still need to paint the front door and work on the boardwalk, but the porch itself as well as the stairs and a little patio area are finished.
How are you? What you have been doing (or not doing) lately? Are you dressing up for Halloween? Expecting trick-or-treaters? Going trick-or-treating or to a Halloween themed party? Have you traveled anywhere exotic or seen anything new? Read any good books or watched any good films? Now that I think about it, have you read any bad books or watched any bad films? It’s good to be informed about those, too, to keep from wasting time on things that are not worth the time and effort.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that it’s been a good week for the most part. Izzy and Bella Cats are much improved and acting like their normal selves which is to say, crazy divas. Tim the Painter was here for three days this week patching and painting the ceiling in the great room. It looks so much better, doesn’t it? Light and airy as opposed to dark and dirty. I don’t know what Mr. and Mrs. B were thinking when they painted that room in a dirty shade of light brown, but they might wonder what I’m thinking using cool colors all throughout the house when Mrs. B’s trend was warm earth tones and wallpaper. The heat of the summers here drove me towards my cool color choices.
We would have done the ceiling on our own, but it’s HIGH. We don’t own a ladder tall enough to reach the top of the ceiling, and it’s not worth it to invest in one since this is a once and done deal. We have no plans to retire here (unless forced to it by circumstances) so I don’t expect we’ll need to paint it again before we sell the place.
The great room is going to look good once we finish in there. We have to paint the walls. We will be doing it ourselves, in a color called Windswept Beach (it’s a light gray, on the blue side). The tall cabinets that have not fit any house we’ve lived in since we moved from Kent, Ohio many years ago will be moved to the master bedroom. I want to get rid of them (sell them on Craig’s List), but we need storage in the bedroom and M talked me into giving them a try. I think it will make the bedroom look terribly crowded, but maybe I can change my perception about that and think of it as cozy. Once we move those, we have some shelving to build to house the television and stereo in one corner and books in the other corner. I’m wondering about building a little book nook.
In the life happens department, my father ended up back in the hospital yesterday. I talked with him last night and he sounded good. I’m waiting to hear from him today before I make a decision about whether or not to go up to see him. If all is going well and it looks like he’ll be going home soon, I’ll wait.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I’m excited about NaNoWriMo which starts tomorrow. I haven’t made any plans. Plans haven’t worked out for me lately. I figure it’s best to go with the flow. Or fly by the seat of my pants. I even awarded myself the Pantser Badge:
You believe in hardcore spontaneity. On November 1, you’ll have a blank document and your imagination. To earn this badge, declare yourself a pantser!
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that it’s time for me to get up and get moving. I have some chores I would like to get done before NaNoWriMo begins. Mostly of the household variety. Laundry, retting up (a Pennsylvania Dutch term I learned from M which basically means straightening up or picking up), and a little light cleaning. I’m expecting a special guest this week, someone I haven’t met in “real life” yet. A fellow blogger is coming to the ranch for lunch and a walk. I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping the weather will be as predicted (sunny, lower 70’s) and we can picnic on the dock or down at The Point.
Thank you so much for visiting and having coffee (or some other beverage) with me. You are welcome to stay a while. Sunset should be pretty tonight. It’s at 6:05 PM. That will drastically change when we “fall back” tonight. I like falling back, or at least like it better than springing forward. Springing forward always makes me feel like I’ve lost a week of sleep.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us. I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.