Just like that, fall is here. It seems that only a short time ago we were using the air conditioner. However, the temp has dipped so low that there have even been frost warnings all over the state. So far, our cozy home in the woods has escaped being nipped by frost. Nevertheless, we have to use heat in the morning and at night. Too sudden? You bet. But this is Maine, and that’s how the weather rolls here.
Fortunately, it gets warm enough in the early afternoon for lunch on the patio. Yesterday, Clif grilled Beyond Beef burgers, and as a side, I had some little tomatoes courtesy of our own Farmer Kev. How nice it was to eat in the sun. (Again, what a change from a mere couple of weeks ago.)
The garden is definitely past its best.
But along the edge of our yard, asters are still in bloom.
And the leaves are just beginning to change.
This is a busy time for me. The proof copy of my YA fantasy Out of Time is in. Now begins the extremely picky task of going over the book line by line to catch any errant typos or formatting errors.
57 thoughts on “That Nip of Fall”
It is really hot here today (S.England). But I expect it to change at any moment.
Hope the work goes well.
Good luck and thanks for the pleasant pictures.
How exciting! It sounds like you’re down to the final proof. I bet when you finish you must feel like you know every line and page by heart. It must be wonderful to be at this point.
You bet! It’s quite a process. Very fiddly, but it must be done.
Lunch on the patio looks delicious Laurie and all the best with the final proofreading – almost there now! xxx
Thanks, Xenia! As you well know, quite a process.
Almost there! Must be a great feeling!
It is! Thanks, Gayle.
Book looks great. Can’t wait.
We too have had to have morning and evening heat but we have escaped getting anywhere near a frost so far. Good luck with the proof reading. It’s a tedious business.
The cover of your new book looks fabulous, Laurie. Good luck with the proofreading!
Thank you, thank you!
Here , in the Philly area, we’ve had fall-like temps for a week or more. Overnight it has gone into the 40s a couple of times. I hope this doesn’t mean a lot of snow in the winter.
Autumn into Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Thanks for the photos!
I’m looking forward to lunch on the patio as we head towards our warmer half of the year. Good luck with the proofreading!
Thanks so much! And enjoy those lunches as soon as it’s warm enough to eat outside.
Your asters are pretty, love that color. The weather here at my place is real nice right now lows in the 60’s and highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s and low humidity. We don’t get many days and nights with low humidity so when we do I really enjoy them. Happy Autumn!
Your weather sounds lovely.
Raining today, we needed it.
Looking forward to the book!
I can feel autumn in the air here, and see it in the landscape. It comes differently than back in southern New England. Depending on the weather, first frost could come soon, or possibly not until we are well into October. The fires were an abrupt end to summer here.
Thanks, Lavinia! Again, so glad your place was spared. What a scary time for you, though.
A patio meal sounds lovely, especially in such nice conditions. I love asters, and it always pleases me that they’re willing to bloom long into the fall. I suppose yours close up shop sooner than ours, though; I’ve found the native asters as late as November and December.
Patio meals are lovely, but they will soon be coming to an end. We will have lunch out there as long as we can. By November, the asters in Maine will have gone by. But I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you. This is Maine, after all. 😉
Yay about the proof copy! 🥳 love the pics, especially the changing colours of the leaves ❤️👌
I hope the big freeze keeps off for a while. Happy poof redding.
The lunch looks so good and even better when it’s outside.
We dealing with cold and rain.
Hope you get some sunshine soon. We could use some rain.
We got some sunshine today for which we had to hike 🙂
It was raining whole day but the sun came out to say hello before setting 🙂
I envy you the beauty of your part of the world in autumn – here it just tends to get soggy!
I’m not sure how much people are travelling about the US – is New England going to be quiet this autumn, do you think? Living by the sea, we have been flooded by tourists in the past couple of months, but things are quietening down now, and I suspect a second lockdown is on it’s way here.
The tourist season has been much diminished this year. Crowds are way down. In Maine, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year, and “leaf peepers” come from all over to gaze at the glory of our trees. It will be interesting to see what happens this year.
Cool here too, and I wish we lived closer because boy howdy do I have tomatoes that I would like to share with someone. Our Asters are blooming too, and the leaves are definitely changing. I know you will miss your patio evenings when it finally gets just too chilly. I LOVE the book cover, and I hope it’s a big success.
Man oh man, wish you lived closer, too!
I like that book cover– you’re almost to the finish line!
You’re lucky to have missed the frost, we’ve had one 3 nights in a row. Most of the annuals are gone, alas. I covered only two compact clumps of zinnias that were two pretty to let go. Looks like we’re in for warmer days ahead. I’ll take ’em!
Thanks, Eliza! Too bad about the frost. Seems as though it could have held off for another month.
I wish… at least it is 70 today – perfect weather!
We’re back to weather extremes again with frost over the weekend and temps near 80 the rest of the week. Hope patio season and those wonderful outdoor lunches last awhile longer and good luck with the next phase of editing!🙂
Nice and warm here, too, but not that hot. Hoping for drinks on the patio tonight.
Derrick’s poof redding made me laugh. How exciting to have the book in your hands.
Very exciting. And lots of work. 😉
We’ve had a little bit of fall, early it seems, and now a little bit of warmth, but I think fall is going to show itself early this year. Exciting that the proofs are back! Yay! It’s so interesting that the creative process ends in proofreading and formatting, but it does…
For me, the most arduous part of all. But it must be done.
Book 3 is on its way! Hurray! Hope the proofreading goes well.
Enjoy the time on your patio while the weather holds out!
Thanks! Will do.
Exciting about your next book. I feel ready for that nip of fall right now.
Autumn is my favourite season because it means work will end in a couple of months. I wonder if summer will be my favorite when we semi retire! It is hard (for me and for some book authors I know) to proofread their own familiar work. Best wishes!
Thanks so much!
Great post and pictures Laurie! Happy Fall! 🍁🧡🍃
You’re so welcome!
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