September 28: Fire, Writer’s Choice or WOTY
““That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”— Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Featured Bloggers for WQW #36: Welcome Fall 2022
Thank you to those who linked to last week’s post. Thank you so much, Yvette, for hosting last week’s WQW!
- KEEP IT ALIVE – HOW WRITERS SEE AUTUMN
- LADY LEE – LEAVES ARE FALLING, AUTUMN IS CALLING
- LIGHT MOTIFS II – LIFE STARTS OVER IN THE FALL
- LOVING LIFE – AUTUMN OR FALL EQUINOX
- PRIORHOUSE BLOG – HOSTESS OF WQW WELCOME FALL 2022
- SING LIKE WILDFLOWERS A DOE AMONG LEAVES
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – MAXED OUT GARDEN MACROS
- SHERRY’S LENS PHOTOGRAPHY – THANK YOU FALL FOR …
- WIND KISSES – AUTUMN IN YOSEMITE
- WIDE EYED WONDERINGS – A GIRL’S WISH FOR A MUFFIN
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
Currently, this weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is at least one quote to go with your post. Share photos, and/or write a poem, story, or memoir. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.
Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome.
For More Ideas about September
YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE – FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE POST IF A PARTICULAR TOPIC MOVES YOU.
September on the Run
“By all these lovely tokens— Helen Hunt Jackson, September
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
Contrary to some rumors, I am not dead and I’m still blogging. Even though I didn’t blog much in September, I spent a lot of time meeting with bloggers. When you meet bloggers, it’s like meeting movie stars in a way. You’ve seen them on your computer screen, and you know quite a bit about them. The difference is that they know a lot about you, too, and the conversation doesn’t need any awkward starters.
We chose to meet in Meyer, Arizona at a great restaurant and hotel about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff so we could include Lisa from Lisa Micro of the Macro could join us. At the last minute, Lisa wasn’t able to join us, but Jodie and her gang still came north and we had an amazing time getting better acquainted and taking pictures in the lovely setting of The Cellar at Creekside.
The man behind the scenes, Rob, Jodie’s amazing photographer, IT guy, and husband, joined the group again this time.
I was blessed to spend the last ten days of September as Terri Webster Schrandt’s trip-mate in both Portland and at her home in Spokane. I was the best customer of the Nine Mile Falls Bank of Schrandt as well as the Webster-Schrandt Tour and Taxi Service as well as a guest in her and her cousin’s hospitable bed and breakfasts.
We had two amazing blogger meetups, the first in downtown Portland, Oregon with Diana Peach of Myths of the Mirror and Miriam Hurdle of The Showers of Blessing. It was hard for us to choose a place so Diana stepped in and saved the day and suggested McMenamins Ram’s Head on S.W. Hoyt. We got there, but they weren’t ready for bloggers (or anyone else), so we walked a few blocks away and dined at McMenamins Blue Moon Tavern on SW. 21st.
Diana had told us what she was wearing or we might not have recognized her with her beautiful long hair. We chatted about both Diana’s and Miriam’s books, which are on my list of next reads. I packed my charging cable for my Kindle, but forgot the Kindle!
During our time in Portland, Terri and I visited the Portland Rose Garden. The backdrop of huge evergreen trees and nice pathways were a couple of amenities that our beautiful rose garden in Woodlake didn’t have. It must be a thrill to be able to enjoy performing arts in this gorgeous outdoor amphitheater.
Terri’s cousin, Maria, told us about bringing her kids here where the elementary-aged girls would perform impromptu “operas” for any visiting audience that might be in the seats. They always got some applause. She must have been an amazing mom. Her kids are all grown and successful now, and she is left with a big house, which she graciously shared with us for six days.
Kirstin of Loving Life had to work the day of our Portland meetup, so we drove to Vancouver, WA, and had a day of adventure with her starting at Fort Vancouver. We arrived on a day that was free, but Terri snagged a lifetime pass to all the National Parks for just $80.
Outside the fort was a garden with all sorts of vegetables and flowers. One of the garden visitors ran up to me. I thought I looked like great-grandma or someone he knew. After I put him down, he greeted each of us with a hug. Terri caught him up in her arms and I got the cutest picture of her EVER. She looks about 30 don’t you think?
I’ll share more pictures of the garden in later posts that correspond with future challenges. We got insider information on upcoming topics for Sunday Stills, so we are well-prepared. I’ll post my Sunday Stills post on Wednesday, so you will see more of our trip.
Inside the post were many reconstructed buildings with some great doors and windows. We did not get inside them all but saw the Big House, the Counting House, the Fur Store, and the Kitchen.
One of the more interesting buildings was the kitchen. Since one of the themes for this week’s WQW is Fire, these next pictures fit the theme. This woman volunteers each week to bake in the kitchen. She has 25 years of experience cooking over an open fire.
We loved going to Terri’s cousin Maria’s home in Tigard after a day of sightseeing, walking on trails, or around the neighborhood. She fed us fabulous home-cooked meals and we shared stories until her bedtime. Terri and I spent the rest of the evening relaxing reading a book or curating our pictures for a while before bed. I finished the book I purchased at the Phoenix airport, Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.
“The Delaney family love one another dearly– it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . . If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father? This is the dilemma facing the four grown children.”Amazon
We didn’t meet up with Cee on this trip so somehow it just didn’t feel right to go to the Dahlia Fields without her. Fortunately for us, Maria’s neighbor had the most glorious dahlia gardens in front of her house. She came out and talked to us as we stalked her flowers and told us about growing them.
Spokane and Nine Mile Falls, Washington
“All the months are crude experiments, out of which the perfect September is made.”— Virginia Woolf
After spending six days in Portland, Terri and I took off for her home in Nine Mile Falls, Washington. We stopped halfway in Kennewick for lunch. Our waitress was so friendly and the food was great at the Red Robin, but the best part is that I got my purse back. I didn’t notice it was gone until we got to the rest stop about an hour and a half away. When I called the restaurant one person told me I would have to talk to a manager the next day because they didn’t mail things like that. I would have to go back and get it. That was out of the question.
As it turned out, our waitress, Gina Taggart, was the manager on duty when I called the next morning. She offered to drive it to Spokane on the day I had to leave, but we all agreed that sending it to my home in Prescott would be better. Fortunately, I had brought my passport and stored it in my computer case instead of my purse, so I was able to fly home. My purse arrived safely at home with everything intact, yesterday afternoon. Thank you, Gina. And thank you Terri and Hans for loaning me money to keep me afloat until I got back.
Besides admiring their beautiful home, pole barn, she-shed, and amazing neighborhood, Terri, Hans, and I had a great time taking short hikes and seeing the sights. Her new home is as lovely as it looks online and very comfortable. I had my own bedroom and bathroom at one end of the house and they were at the opposite end. Here are just a few of the views from our hikes along the Spokane River.
Other Challenges Involved Today
- Cell Pic Sunday #262 – Any Cell Phone Picture – All of my photos were shot with my iPhone 12 Mini and most were processed in Adobe Bridge.
- FOTD – Daisies and more
- CMMC – Letter P at the beginning of the word
- CFFC – birds
- Weekend Coffee Share
- The Changing Seasons – by Ju-Lyn. Brian’s internet is problematic.
What About Your Experiences?
Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.
Ongoing on Always Write
- Farewell to Story Chat – September Summary “A Daily Regret” by Gary A. Wilson Thank you to all the faithful authors and chatters who participated in two years of Story Chat. It was a great ride.
- PPAC #65 – Guest hosted by Sarah Wilkie (Toonsarah) of Travel with Me
- Upcoming topics for WQW
- October 5: Fitness Follow-up #3 Make Your Efforts Do Double Duty/ or favorite indoor sports or exercises
- October 12: Air: Wind, Storms
- October 19: Cold Weather Tips
- October 26: Holiday: Halloween/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page