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WQW #37: September Needs 31 Days!

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
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (a Photo or Writing Challenge)

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!


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


September on the Run

“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

— Helen Hunt Jackson, September

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.

Meyer, AZ

Leslie, Charlotte (Jodie’s mom), Jodie, and me bigger than life, and everyone else!

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.

Leslie, Jodie, and Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style

The man behind the scenes, Rob, Jodie’s amazing photographer, IT guy, and husband, joined the group again this time.

Rob checking out all his pictures.
Jodie and a new friend a loving pooch

Pacific Northwest

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.

Terri, Miriam, and Diana walking to an alternate location for lunch in Portland, Oregon.

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!

Miriam and Diana are on the left, Terri and me on the right. Of course, I’m Always Write. 🙂

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.

Fort Vancouver

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.

Kirstin, me, and Terri – the orange tops were not totally planned but so appropriate

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?

Terri and a stranger
Kirstin walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Grapes. Actually, we all did, but I only snapped a picture of her doing it. 🙂
Kirstin and Terri having fun. Poles and pumpkin for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge – p words
Looking from the fort back to the garden. Lots of posts in this picture. (CMMC)

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.

Terri concentrates to get just the right shot of a sundial on the porch of the “Big House.”
Terri was quite intrigued by this sundial.

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.”


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
On the I 84E, I saw a couple of these wind machine propellers riding the freeways. I had to have a picture to show you all how big they are. (CMMC – P words)

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.

Han’s pose in his pole barn fits Cee’s CMMC Alphabet letter P at the beginning of the word.

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.

My best eagle picture ever at the Elementary School where Terri substitute taught. CFFC – birds

Other Challenges Involved Today

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

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  1. Your Pacific Northwest trip looks so sunny! I went in early summer many years ago and it rained. When my husband and I were in Portland, we rented a bike and biked in the rain!

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    • That’s the normal there for fall, winter and spring, Julie. In the summer it is usually dry. Last year or the year before, I forget, the temperature reached 120 during the fires. So rain is a good thing! LOL Portland is a beautiful town to bike.


  2. Wow, your September is full of adventure, Marsha. It’s wonderful that you meet up with so many bloggers. I “talk” with bloggers more so than with my family and friends. I know I’m kind of taking a break for house selling and house hunting, packing, and eventually moving. I hope we can settle down soon so that I can be back to my blogging.

    It was so much fun meeting with you, Diana, and Terri. It was like meeting old friends because we know each other in many ways. I love all of your photos. It’s not as hot here. I hope Arizona’s weather is cooling down a little. Enjoy your October!

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    • Hi Miriam, We are having very cool weather now. I pulled out my tomatos and my dead flowers. I only had two cold green tomatoes to save. We had hail and 50 MPH winds two days ago. It was amazing to watch. I loved meeting both of you in person and I hope we can do it again next year. House hunting is exhausting, isn’t it. It is especially hard to coordinate when you are moving out of state. If you haven’t looked in East Mooreland area of Portland, you might consider it. We visited friends there and it was so lovely. It’s right across the river from Tigard in the southern end of Portland.


  3. You are such a social butterfly Marsha. I was just over at Terri’s blog and saw that pic with you two and Diana and Miriam. Wow, how wonderful to be able to meet up with our writing and blogging friends. I’m sure you guys all had a fantastic time. Nice to see you girls. ❤ xx

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  4. Phew Marsha! What a whirlwind you’ve been on – and how long did it take you to put this post together?!?!?! Enjoyed being a fly on the wall to hear all about it and to see so many bloggers I’ve followed for so long. Good for you for catching up with them! Knew you and Terri were having a meet-up and it looks like fun was had by all. And thank goodness the purse thing worked out. That could have been a serious bummer! Good for you for having your passport held separately!!!

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    • Hi Tina, our trip was both whirlwind and relaxing. It’s so fun to have a photo partner and compare our pictures, look at different perspectives. Terri and I had a lot of down time and exercise time, too. I didn’t try to blog, and that does take a long time, doesn’t it? I worked on my WQW post off and on all day. Hans commented to me, “You don’t read as fast as Terri, do you?” So funny to be compared on that metric. I don’t read, walk, talk, or write as fast as Terri. Fortunately, it’s not a competition, but it does limit how much you can do in a day. My cutback is sleep. I don’t seem to need as much as most people, so I can take my time at other things. 🙂 Thanks for the comment – talk about a busy person! That’s you.


  5. What a fun post, Marsha. I loved being a small part of your trip and meeting you, Terri, and Miriam. What fun. I loved all your photos, and I’m a little amazed at how much you accomplished! You’ve inspired me to take advantage of other blogger outings when they pop up. Are you home now? Put your feet up and enjoy your October. 🙂

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  6. Wow, there is so much I want to say! First, I love the quotes. I’ve never seen them, and they are spot-on. Next, I adore all your pictures! The reflections are fantastic, the dahlias are amazing, & the smiling faces of the bloggers I missed meeting make me even sadder that I couldn’t join all of you. Your time in the PNW looks just divine. Please teach me how to connect with other bloggers the way you do! And the purse debacle – I would have been panicking if that happened to me! Good to hear some honest people discovered & returned it. I look forward to meeting up with you this Fall. Any talk of calendar dates? 🌞

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    • Thank you for all your kind words, Lisa. I don’t know if you have everyone’s phone numbers and email. You probably have email addresses if you’ve commented on their blogs. I’ll start a list of interested bloggers I’ve come across and send it around to everyone. Then we can set up a date. I know Jodie and her group want to come to Prescott proper for a photo shoot at a nearby museum, and that would be a fun thing to do. I also want to tour some of the botanical gardens in the Valley once the weather cools. So let’s start thinking of some things. 🙂

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    • We did, but we missed you. I was so sad that we didn’t get to see you, but we all understood and had a great time. We had to split up our get-togethers since Kirstin was working, and Diana and Miriam were also on a schedule It’s hard to arrange that many schedules. 🙂

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  7. Hi Marsha,
    You know my wife and I just completed a long, 2 segment road trip.
    I can tell you that had we driven off so far without her purse it would have triggered an immediate rewind of all that driving. She would be her sedate version of frantic without it and the rest of our journey would just have to bear the adjustment.
    If you ever create a blogger meetup in the the California Sonoma Wine area, or even the San Francisco Bay area or Silicone Valley – I’d love to be a part.
    Meeting some of these folks who I only know virtually would be a real treat.

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    • I wasn’t frantic because I immediately shut down my credit card and I had my passport for traveling. I knew they would mail the purse – why wouldn’t they? What are they going to do, keep it for posterity? Terri and Hans did all the driving so I didn’t need my license for that either. Terri was a little more panicked than I was, to be honest, but then she loaned me money and the whole nine yards. She is a real friend, believe me. No longer just virtual, for sure.

      As for a blogger meetup in CA, that would be wonderful. I am done traveling for a while, and the holidays are coming up, so if you organize one, I would suggest waiting until after the first of the year. I don’t know too many bloggers in that area – Carol Carlile and Cindy Georgakas, are the only two that come to mind.


  8. Lots of neat photos, Marsha. It’s always fun to meet up with other bloggers, I can speak from that experience on multiple occasions.
    I have to comment that I’ve seen lots of propellers for windmills on the highways, but I’ve never before seen one where the prop tip was bent up to shorten the total length. I wonder if that’s a requirement in some states?

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  9. Marsha. Thank you for sharing your trip and beautiful pictures with us at #weekendcoffeeshare. Lovely scenery overlooking the Spokane river. It’s fantastic that you met several bloggers on your trip, well done! I met one blogger in Halifax and would have met another blogger if it wasn’t for hurricane Fiona. I’m glad you got your purse back all intact and fast. Have a wonderful week!

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    • You, too, Natalie. Talk to you via blogs soon. I’ll have PPAC back and running next Friday. I just couldn’t pull it off this week. 🙂


    • It was so much fun. Once your life gets settled there is at least one other blogger who would like to schedule a meetup in your area.


  10. What fun you’ve had meeting up with all those other bloggers! I know how great it can be to meet online friends ‘in real life’ from my many Virtual Tourist meetings. I’m yet to meet a blogging friend however, but that’s due to change this coming Friday! Meanwhile I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures together, especially with Terri 🙂

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    • Sarah, you will have such fun on Friday. Who are you meeting? Do I know him or her? I have never been disappointed when I’ve scheduled meetups. I did have one blogger pop in on me when I was in her area at a trade show. We spent some time together, but she was rather critical and wore me out. She eventually found other interests and dropped out of my life the same way she dropped into it. Have so much fun, Sarah, and again, thank you for hosting PPAC for me. I will follow up with everyone this week and will post this Friday.

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  11. It looks wonderful!
    On a different note: I can see your post in the preview but when I go on your site it has been displayed in a manner that makes it unusable (shrunk down so small that I cannot read it). Yours is the only site with that effect so I guess the problem is not on my side. I am only mentioning it in case it affects others as well.

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    • That is true, we were very busy, and that didn’t include some of the dates. Terri was a champ battling all that traffic. She wouldn’t let me drive or rent a car, so I let her pamper me. I owe her bigtime!


    • Thanks, Jez, I forgot to connect to WWE, but I’ll have to go back and rectify that. That was such an amazing walk. Terri took a picture for her local paper that was even better than any of mine – and I’m pretty proud of mine! 🙂

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        • No worries, Jez. I didn’t take offense in any way, just a reminder to me to include your link. I haven’t done it yet, but I definitely will. I got quite a few water pictures during our trip. Since I don’t usually have water pictures, I just forget. 🙂

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  12. So much fun to relive our trip through your eyes and pictures, Marsha! You really caught the essence of things we did in that 10 days. Your dahlias are incredible–nicely done, my friend! Your lovely comments about my cousin mean so much. I figured I would roll out my 10 days’ worth of pictures in a few Sunday Stills posts. You really had a plethora of blogger meet-ups! I just love Jodie and hope to meet her again. Hans got more work done on the second story of the pole barn–what a great shot. Soon I can park in my spot again! I am so relieved you already received your package! Wow, that was fast. How amazing that all turned out so well.

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    • It was such a great trip. We jammed about as much into as we possibly could. I will mail your check today. I wanted to make a thank you card, but my printer wouldn’t print color. Bummer. So I’ll just get it mailed. Talk to you soon. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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