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September 3, 2009

Musings and a little giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:09 am

Good morning readers…

According to Starbucks fall is officially here. They have started offering their pumpkin spice lattes again. Yummmm……

I know it’s not officially fall but the last few days sure have felt like it. I’ve been rummaging through my knitting books and dreaming of cozy handmade sweaters and socks and hot soup and bread.

Since I am feeling in the fall mood, I am going to have a little giveaway. A while back I made some of these little canvas covered books printed with photos I had taken of the fall colors in the mountains of Virginia. I still have a few of them. They are the ones on the right in this photo.

Fall Colors books

To enter my little giveaway all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me about a favorite fall tradition that you have or what your favorite thing about fall is. On the evening of Sept. 15 (my Grandmas 98th birthday) I’ll put everyone’s name in a hat and have my lovely assistant draw one.

Good luck!

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  1. Pumpkins! I like carving them, of course, but I also like looking at them, seeing them on people’s porches, and cooking with them — fresh pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup… it’s all good.

    And I’d love to have one of your books :)

    Comment by Marguerite — September 3, 2009 @ 10:43 am
  2. The tradition of pumpkin pie in the autumn has changed a bit in our house since I developed an allergy to cinnamon(?!), but I have discovered that I can substitute ground cardamom and most people still think it tastes “just like” pumpkin pie ;}

    It’s actually hard to believe it’s September: we are finally getting the weather we should have had at the beginning of August.

    Please enter my name in the draw, and happy birthday to your Grandma.

    Comment by Cathryn Miller — September 3, 2009 @ 11:22 am
  3. With the heat and humidity just a memory and the trees in the woods turning, the wife and I love bundling up and sitting around the firepit in the evenings. The flying squirrels are still busy pulling peanuts from the feeders and taking them off to their holes, storing them for the months to come.

    Comment by Dan Wells (bookbum) — September 3, 2009 @ 11:55 am
  4. I love fall leaves. I love to go up the canyon and pick some leaves and put them on my kitchen table. So festive!

    Comment by erin — September 3, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
  5. Chesnuts, hazelnuts, acorns, beech nuts (is that the correct translastion?), rain, storm, rainbows, yellow, orange and brown leaves, the smell of wet earth, the temperature… I think fall is my most favorite time of the year.

    Comment by Liesan — September 3, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
  6. I’m very specific about my favorite time of year. It’s the last two weeks of August (because the evenings begin to get cool) through the first two weeks of November (because the days are still a bit warm). If it could be Fall year round I would be the happiest girl on earth. I even had my wedding in mid September because I love the season so much. Not only do I love the weather but I love all the harvest vegetables, festivals, and the colors of the changing leaves. I love when it becomes cool enough to wear a sweater but not overly cold. I love campfires on cool nights. I love pumpkin served in a variety of ways…. ok, I have to stop or I’ll go on forever.

    Comment by Cassie — September 3, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
  7. Even though it’s starting to move into the warmer/wetter season this hemisphere, I’d have to say what I love about fall/autumn is how clear the night sky becomes where I live, the stars are so bright it feels like you could reach up and just pluck them out of the air.

    Comment by Veronica — September 3, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
  8. My favorite thing about fall is my birthday & the tradition of enjoying my made from scratch birthday cake that my husband bakes for me.

    Comment by Kiley — September 3, 2009 @ 9:47 pm
  9. I can’t say much about fall/autumn as we barely have one here on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. The leaves eventually turn but produce nothing like the amazing colour I saw in the fall in the US in 1996. I went to Concord just to see the colour of the trees and I wasn’t disappointed. However, I’m actually writing to say that I’ve just looked at your Flickr pages for the first time - where have I been all this time? - and I really love your books. I’ll be going back for another look. And Happy 98th Birthday to your Grandma! What a fabulous age!

    Comment by Carol — September 4, 2009 @ 5:45 am
  10. Fall means the family hike at Nine Mile Prairie. It’s one of the few sections of untouched tall grass prairie left in Nebraska and in Fall it is spectacular. The big blue stem is taller than my kids, and almost my wife. The sights and smell are the richest of the year. A close second would be going to the apple orchard and picking a few bushels of apples for pies and canning.

    Comment by Mark — September 4, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
  11. Hi Jackie

    My favorite thing about autumn is all the wonderful colours of the leaves on and off the trees. Scrunching through the leaves as you walk. The long sunny afternoons without the humidity of summer. Still warm enough for long walks but not too cold.

    Its good to see you blogging again :)

    Best wishes

    Billie :)

    Comment by Billie — September 5, 2009 @ 7:46 am
  12. Our family tradition is the annual trip to the pumpkin patch. Everyone gets to pick their own, but you have to be able to carry it yourself. The carving is also a family affair that results in whacky to demented facial expressions depending on what my son is into that week. It’s always fun and something to look forward to.

    Comment by Ryan — September 7, 2009 @ 12:36 am
  13. In the last days of summer and the first weeks of fall the sun suddenly becomes a friend again. I love that it isn’t so hot that I want nothing but flee the heat.
    In autumn I like to take long walks, pick up chestnuts, and bring them home. I like the morning fogs on a clear days.
    But all too often the skies are just gray and the clouds are hanging low. It hardly gets bright during the much too short days, and the weather gets rather depressive from November on. Then I like to curl up on the couch under a blanket with my husband, frighten him with cold hands and feet, and wish we were again in Minnesota, where the autumn and winter are so clear, bright, and beautiful.

    Comment by buechertiger — September 8, 2009 @ 4:35 am
  14. I have only just found your blog while searching Youtube for bookbinding information. What alot of information I have discovered, thank you very much, plus a book recommendation too, Rebound, I will definitely order that book.

    I am in the UK so our traditions are a bit different, but I still love to walk through the fallen leaves on a cold blustery day, wrapped up in coats, warm gloves and hand knitted socks, hats and gloves. The fall (autumn we call it) for me means being able to sit inside on a cold rainy day and knit to my hearts content, as well as all the other numerous hobbies I have LOL

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your Grandma, what a wonderful achievement 98 years old.

    Regards Beverley, UK

    Comment by Beverley McKenzie — September 8, 2009 @ 6:39 am
  15. My favorite fall thing is going to the Sandwich (NH) Fair on Columbus Day weekend. The animal barns are great but the barn with all the chickens is really fun — who knew there were so many different breeds!

    Comment by Bette in New Hampshire — September 8, 2009 @ 8:56 am
  16. My favorite things about Fall are the beautiful colors, the cool nights, falling leaves, my birthday, and pumpkin pie!

    Comment by Keeta Rupp — September 9, 2009 @ 8:48 am
  17. Oh, the garden is the best thing about Fall. It is so satisfying to have all those wonderful home-grown veggies, watching the tomatoes ripen, the corn filling out, the late spinach sprouting, hoping that pumpkin will get a little bigger before Halloween! And it seems that the shadows are always long, all day, during the fall. I love that too. Bright sun on a chilly morning, oooo so nice! Autumn is my favorite time of year, truly. (Ok, so that’s several things I like about Fall…)

    Comment by Rhonda — September 11, 2009 @ 12:28 am
  18. I love being able to sit in a cool house with the windows open and wear sweatshirts! It makes me more creative!

    Comment by Chris P — September 13, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
  19. Hey Jackie! Nice to see your posts again…it is “early morning cool” just now outside, with the faintest smell of wood smoke and the sugar maple at the bottom of my hill; one of the first trees to turn, wears a crown of fire just now…it must be the colors and the smells that i love…
    hope you are well.

    Comment by jacky brown — September 14, 2009 @ 5:50 am

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