I’ve heard stories that in other places, far far away, people are having a nice summer. I’ve even heard outlandish tales of people in the UK not even getting a proper summer– being stuck in a rainy springtime. But here….well, for most of the U.S. I think– we are in a baking season we’d rather forget. This week I’ve had to bring all the outdoor creatures indoors, because I’m not sure that the poor rabbits could survive in 114 degrees, and for days at a time. Even little Cocoa has had some respite inside during the day, and he purrs happily cuddled up in a quilt on the couch with the AC blowing on him. I think everyone in this particular house is in general agreement: It is too hot outside for anything or anyone.
That’s why, when I was at the store the other day and saw the magazine display above I was so excited! Pumpkins! Spice cake! Autumn flowers! Being able to be outdoors without feeling like you’re literally cooking! I was surprised to see the magazines out already (when I took this photo we still had a day or two left of July) but I am happy to see it. It means autumn is on its way. And there is nothing I like better than an autumn magazine!
And in celebration of the approaching season, I just finished this little piece and I think she turned out really cute! Sort of a sassy little witch. I’ve named her “Myra.” I love a more subdued Halloween palette, like black and white with a touch of moss green or a punch of burnt orange. I’m thinking up other autumn/halloween scenes, of course to have them all ready for the early September debut. What are your favorite parts of autumn or Halloween? And if you’re an international reader, what does Autumn bring to where you live? I think I probably have a very American view of autumn, what with pumpkins and crows and things like that. I’d love to hear about the autumn traditions of other places!
Well, lots to do as usual. I’m working on a large commission right now, and also dreaming up some new seasonal things. Thanks for stopping by to visit me! I always enjoy hearing from you 🙂