Well, that wasn’t a fun night for anyone around here in Maryland, or even straight up the coast and into NYC. High winds, tornados, hail, and rain, lots and lots of rain. Our neighborhood was without power for about 8 hours, but at least we did not have tornados to deal with, as others in Maryland, Virginia and NYC did. Other than some branches falling, we came out of it rather well. I wish I could say the same for others. Nature is all stirred up and doing something about it. Perhaps we should listen a little harder to what she is trying to tell us. Just a thought. Now on to more pleasant things….
September always seems to me to be the reset month. Summer has ended but Autumn has yet to make it’s appearance. September is the breather between the two. September gives us time to gather our thoughts, to recollect on Summer doings and to think ahead and plan for Fall. For a gardener, it can be such a busy time. Hydrangeas need fertilizing and mulching in, so do the roses, some of which are still blooming. Trees get to be trimmed, old vegetables dug up and composted while still remembering to refill the hummingbird feeders for the last of the migrants on their way south. Some flowers will be left standing, their seed-heads offering food to Goldfinches and the like. The windows will open and Kirby will be the first there to rest his head on the windowsill, contemplating the birds, and squirrels, and the hawks circling in the sky above. The geese honk overhead, hurrying their way to the Marshlands as a few leaves turn yellow and drop. I love this time of year. I have time to smell the last rose, put mums in the planters, and admire the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds skimming through the gardens, visiting the feeders before their long journey ahead. Less humidity means more time spent outside, reading, observing, and enjoying the cooler breezes. I hope you all are doing the same.
Here is the week ahead in Reviews:
Monday: Play It Again, Charlie by R. Cooper
Tuesday: Alone in the Crowd (Cattle Valley #27) by Carol Lynne
Wednesday: Love in La Terreza by Ethan Day
Thursday: Unconventional At Best Anthology
Friday: Love, Hypothetically by Anne Tenino
Saturday: Life As A Fairy Thrall (Fairy Compacts #2) by Katey Hawthorne