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Seasons Change



It’s that time of year again, when the trees, once every shade of green, now look like some giant artist swiped a brush across their leaves. I’ve been taking alternate routes home from work so I can see the colors of the trees. Wish I could stop at every glorious burst of color to take pictures, but that’s not safe with no shoulders on the roads.

One route takes me along the forested river bluffs, where golds and dark reds peek through the green still hanging on. Every so often I see a treat of intense pinks and oranges.

One route allows a distant view of the trees along the river from the “flatland” side. From that distance, the foliage is more gray/green speckled with golds than a vista of individual trees.

Another route takes me through farm fields, but every farm site has trees around the main house. Those trees tend to be showy, mature maples with pinks, oranges, and golds gilding a green background. I love the colors of autumn! I wish I could “freeze-frame” them for a week or two so I could enjoy them for more than a couple days.

It’s chilly out as well, a good excuse to make chili for lunch and bake some banana bread. I actually wanted to make pumpkin bread, but we’ve been freezing very-ripe bananas, so I need to use up some of our “stash”.

Chilly outside means the cat who snubs us all summer now wants nice warm laps to sleep on. Makes it hard to write!


Of course she waits until I’ve got my computer on my lap before she decides it’s time to claim her place. (And it’s kinda tough to get a good picture of a cat who’s sitting on your lap without chasing them away.)

The garden is now a weed playground. Went out yesterday to rescue any tomatoes and peppers left before the predicted frost this morning. No covering tender plants. I’m done with the garden for this year. Whew. The only things left that might survive are my one lonely kale plant and the beets I haven’t picked yet.

It’s also time for fall cleaning. *crickets*

Yeah. About that…

After I finish my revisions. Really. I promise.

Unless my son wants to bring his new girlfriend over. Then everything gets put on hold until the house is presentable.

I hope he gives us more than a few days’ notice.

Anyway, hope you all are enjoying autumn to the fullest extent, because winter (ugh!) is right around the corner. *peeks around the corner* The coast is clear so far, so hurry.

And one more pic to enjoy for the weekend. Writers, write!





Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

13 thoughts on “Seasons Change

  1. I knew I shouldn’t have eaten those bananas. Should have left them for a few more days so I could have the “banana bread excuse”… 🙂 I found a recipe similar to the one my mom used to make, but with crumb topping. Oh, I could eat the whole thing!

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  2. I love a sleepy-eyed cat. Gorgeous photos. 🙂
    Our trees haven’t started changing colors yet, but I look forward to those vibrant hues of cinnamon and gold. October is one of my favorite months of the year (along with May, June and July).
    I haven’t been working on revisions but I’ve been knee deep in the first draft of PP book 3. Fall is a great time to write!

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  3. Your cat looks just like Pinky!! And Pinky loves getting cat hair all over my laptop. I have to vacuum the darn keys. A lovely time of year, Julie, with the colors. I’d love to freeze frame the trees for a few weeks too. No frost here yet, but soon. Hunker down, stay warm, and keep writing. 🙂

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    • LOL! Yes, Zoey has a tendency to shed. A lot. Wouldn’t think a short-haired cat would shed like that. Our missing Socks had long hair (part angora maybe) and she didn’t shed like that. We have a stiff brush for the dogs that I started using on her. She loves it! It collects some of the hair, but never enough 😀 Have a great weekend, Diana!

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  4. You did it! Your really did it! Love Love LOVE! TWO pictures even! Thank you, my writer friend. Thank you very much. 🙂

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  5. Banana bread, pumpkin bread…Julie, I’m coming over – Autumn sounds like a feast your way.😀 Delicious! I love that you’re enjoying nature’s artistic delights and driving new routes to see the display – beautiful photo. Here good weather so far and the trees starting to turn but never the amazing show I’ve seen (never in reality alas) in the States. Wishing you many happy writing moments (cat allowing!)😃

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