Gathering Time

by Stefani on 3-September-2007

It isn’t fall.

I don’t care if the calendar says September. I don’t care if the stores all have their Halloween junk out. I don’t care if social protocal says it’s no longer okay to wear white.

It’s 90 @#$% degrees out, and that means it is still summer.

Sigh. I know I’m not the only Texan out there who is trying to put on a brave face and act like we don’t mind that everyone else is getting to wear long sleaves. You’re out there, on the brink of crispy, cozy, snuggly, and we’re here sweating ourselves senseless. I love Texas, but I could do without September.

How does it go? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…”

Hogwash. I’m going to complain until my tired skin gets some 80 degree weather!

I’ve been watching very closely for signs of an approaching autumn. Who knows? We’ve had such odd weather this year, maybe we’ll actually have a balmy September.

Nod your head and go with me here, okay?

If you look closely, really really closely, and you watch the habits of three rather squirrel-like boys, you might even think that yes, perhaps fall will come.

They are gathering.



Of course, we had to have a place for all those interesting bits of autumnal goodness. So we thought maybe a big glass vase. Maybe some branches should go in there too, for good measure. We have no fall color of our own yet though, so we made some up, with bits of tissue paper, and a glue stick. We are not above forcing the issue.



So, really, there is a bit of fall here, even if it’s only one little corner.


That’s where you’ll find me, curled up with a book wondering if maybe tomorrow will be the morning, the one where the air feels just a smidge different, and I can know that a new season is truly on it’s way.

Sarah Jackson September 3, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Oh, I feel you there. It was 107 here today and we’re just happy that it *might* go below 100 by the end of the week. We don’t even have acorns. Maybe when the fig leaves start to turn….

Diane Lovell September 4, 2007 at 12:53 am

Gorgeous photos!

Amy September 4, 2007 at 5:47 am

Well yes, now that you mention it, this year is so weird and wet maybe maybe maybe this will be the year of Fall. And then WINTER! We can dream, right?

But watch out cause there is surely gonna be hell to pay next year.

Love the collections. We need to re-do our soggy nature shelf on the front porch this week too.

Randi September 4, 2007 at 6:17 am

You fall-ish corner is lovely!

We are still at 90 also, but this weekend the temp goes down to 80—I can’t wait!

kirsten September 4, 2007 at 6:19 am

some people get to wear long sleeves already? crazy. it’s still seriously hot here, too – and i HATE the stupid halloween stuff out in august thing.

erin September 4, 2007 at 6:20 am

still in the 90’s here, too. ugh.

love the way you displayed your little collection!

kristin September 4, 2007 at 6:57 am


i am waiting too.

we still have the wading pool full of water…

leslie September 4, 2007 at 7:15 am

we went from 103 near the beach, to humid thunderstorms in the mountains (90 degrees to chilly rain back to 90 degrees) and now again at the beach we are near 100… tomorrow is the first day of school and i might have to send emily in her bathing suit (just kidding!)

Molly September 4, 2007 at 8:17 am

I’m in the fall collecting mood too. The acorns actually startle me sometimes they fall so loudly. And they are green, my favorite color. It has been in the high 90’s for over two weeks here, but this morning I actually felt a cool breeze.

lacey September 4, 2007 at 9:14 am

Stef….I couldn’t handle living in texas. I’m such a cool weather, autumnal type. In Michigan, it’s in the upper seventies, low eighties now. The cider mills are already open, and I love the cool breezes. You’ll have to come visit! Autumn is huge here in MI.

I love your new masthead. It’s so lovely. The colors, the aged feel. And your pictures on this post are out of this world.


Leigh-Ann September 4, 2007 at 9:14 am

Come over for tea…I’ll share some fall feeling with you 🙂 it’s coming sooner than usual, i’m not quite ready for summer to be over 🙁
LA 🙂

Angela September 4, 2007 at 9:59 am

The tissue fooled me. I wouldn’t have noticed it was artificial fall had you not confessed! I’m right there with you…August may have gone by in a flash, but I’ll be happier when October (and maybe that first cool snap hits…cause let’s face it, cold aint comin’ til about February!)

Diane September 4, 2007 at 11:07 am

Oh my. It was in the forties last night and the LOW seventies today… it only hit ninety here for a total of two weeks all summer! Last night I was trying to get the baby to sleep but she wouldn’t go because the GEESE were flying by and honking. Ugh.

The tissue paper is super cute but if you’d like some maple leaves in shades of red, yellow, and orange I’d be happy to send you some! ; )

Heather September 4, 2007 at 11:28 am

O.K. So I’m feeling pretty lucky. We hit 80 today in the mtns. of NC. Tomatoes and basil are fading and dogwood leaves have started to turn. I love living in the mtns, although there are not a plethera of jobs here. We are always reminding ourselves that the place that we live in is so worth the trade off of not having a higher household income. Everyone’s got their opinions, no? Anyhow, you can come camp in our back yard/woods anytime (kids and hubby included)!

Molly September 4, 2007 at 1:39 pm

It’s no where near fall here… only a hint of change in the autumn blaze maples (I know what they are called because we just planted one, yep yep), but I had to roll down the windows of my car as far as they could go on my drive home from school… whew! It’s hawt in Minnesota and will be for a little while longer. And you just come back in January, when it’s snow up to your armpits constantly, plows never here fast enough, and then we can trade climates for a while… or rather, maybe even March or April when winter. just. won’t. end. 🙂

meg September 4, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Is tomorrow Thanksgiving? That’s when I start wondering if it’s going to be *the* morning…. 😉 I’m with you, my fellow Texan: September just means scorching heat and pine needles all over the place. Bah humbug, Fall!

(Oh, but once it gets here, isn’t it wonderful?)

Tracy September 5, 2007 at 5:43 am

Actually, we’re having the same problem, in Wisconsin! Odd. I’m sick to death of 90 degrees too!

Steph September 5, 2007 at 1:53 pm

OK that does it. You and all your bragging about it being too hot while over here in NZ it’s just hit spring and I am still freezing!!! I remember Southern US heat, I never want to feel it again but damn we could do with just an extra 10 degrees right now! Share it please!!

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