Monday Missive

Another Monday here in the foothills. Time to gather around and have a chat.

  1. Let’s get Covid and politics out of the way real quick. They are both in a miserable state. It is hard to stomach conversations on either. I have made my decisions on both so now it’s time to steer clear of the flak.
  2. Two weeks ago when our numbers began surging in our state, we went back to grocery pickup. We live next to the state line which means people intermix frequently – a mask mandated state and a no mask mandate state. Today was grocery pickup day so it was a busy morning.
  3. My granddaughter’s birthday is on Halloween. I made a trip down to wish her a happy birthday on Saturday and deliver a couple of cute Halloween bags for her and my grandson. All masked and no hugs, but something is better than nothing.
  4. i am growing weary of InkTober. I will see it through, but doing this the month prior to NaNoWriMo was not a good decision. I will do an InkTober lessons learned post on Saturday.
  5. Speaking of NaNoWriMo. Well, I have no plan, no outline, nada. But I will write. For 30 days and hopefully 50,000 words.
  6. We saw two pair of beautiful purple finches at the feeders this morning. Now the pine siskins are back and everything is frantic. There must have been 100 birds out there this morning.
  7. We had another inch of rain over the last 24 hours and are slated to get another 2-3 inches when Tropical Storm Zeta passes through. We have had another rainy year. The last couple of days have been cloudy and it looks to remain the same through the end of the week. Saturday morning our low is predicted to be 35°F. That’s a little too close to freezing for my liking.
  8. The transition is so strange here in the fall. We have azaleas and camellias in bloom as the leaves are turning and falling to the ground. Such is the way in this isothermal region we live in.

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20 thoughts on “Monday Missive”

  1. It certainly has been an unusually warm fall, “tricking” azaleas, etc. into flowering now. But thankfully, the fall color this year, especially the reds, I think, have been wonderful.

    37° is predicted here as the low this weekend. I just sowed more spinach and arugula seeds as an experiment; I’ll be here to put the hoops on the beds, if I can get them to germinate. Soil temps will still be warm enough, I hope!

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    1. It has been an unusual fall.I wonder what winter has in storm for us?

      Good luck with the veggies. Most of ours have been taken over by cabbage worms or snails.


  2. Oh, I love #1.
    #2 sure makes sense to me. We live only a few miles from WI where wearing a mask is akin to disliking the Packers.
    #3 brings tears to my eyes. Waving through the glass door just doesn’t make it.
    Actually I like them all, Maggie.

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    1. Don, what glorious reunions we will have when this pandemic passes. It is so sad to me, because I think we as a nation could have done a better job.


  3. Wish you had a picture of the purple pair! Must’ve been beautiful!
    Can’t wait till this is ALL over, election, signs, political commercials, emails, pandemic… name it! Hugs.

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    1. They were too far away, but they were gorgeous. We had to take the feeders down for a few days. There were literally hundreds of pine siskins on every feeder and on the ground.


  4. I didn’t get to this yesterday, Maggie. It was a full on day! We have rain, that relentless kind which looks like it will never stop. I’ve enjoyed your InkTober posts and envied your talent but I can see having to produce something to a theme each day isn’t easy. As for politics and Covid – nuff said.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Mary. You have plenty on your plate right now. Our rain will last a few days as remnants of Hurricane Zeta pass through. Ugh. I have enjoyed InkTober but look forward to a break from the process.

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  5. We have just begun to get that rain here. It is quite welcome since we seem to have been having a mini drought. We expect the first real frost Friday night and snow in the higher hills. Winter is approaching for sure.

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