Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fire Pit Weather

We waited long and hard for rains this summer, and they are showing up intermittently now that it is autumn. Between times though, the days are real beauties. The air is crisp in early morning and warms to a comfortable sunny afternoon before dropping a few degrees again when the sun sinks. It is just perfect for a fire pit with friends. This week we called one early in the autumn with fear rain and events will cause us to lose the chance again. If the days allow us more fire pit ops, then we will take them. The more times we have with friends the better!
We thought these Golden Years would be free and easy. As someone said to me, “The Golden Years are full of Tarnish!” So it is; we have health problems, parent problems, children problems or just a rotten garbage disposal or maybe we are merely lost in Tech Land! So a hot dog on a stick shared with each other is mighty fine!

                                               Ah, it is a man's life at day's end!


Yesterday I spent two hours at the eye doctor's and left $700 for new glasses behind when I left. The bad eye is holding and slightly better. I return again in four weeks, hopefully for a cheaper visit! :)
It is now easier to read again. Today I finished Grand Mothers:Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories edited by Nikki Giovanni. It is a small book, published in 1994, but it is a delightful read. 

Here is a writing op that might interest you if  you are a poet. 
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 * The Living and the Dead - Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012
* Rural and Urban - Submission Deadline: March 1, 2013
* Trash and Treasure - Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013
* Work and Play - Submission Deadline: September 1, 2013

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Enjoy this first weekend of this autumn....I hope it is beautiful where you are!


Rebecca said...

Looks like a lovely, lovely evening, Claudia. We just finished one ourselves - although we had to bring it inside due to uncertain weather. There is NOTHING like a circle of friends & our house was full of them tonight.

$700?!? I'm SO due for new prescription and (I had hoped) new frames...but maybe not new frames. I've had these long enough they ought to be back in style!

Hoping your eye troubles settle down and you can enjoy some your reading and writing.

Martha said...

Looks like a lovely evening! And there is nothing like an evening with friends!

Linda O'Connell said...

Claudia, your photo reminded me of a camping trip long ago with fun friends. The weather is perfect here. Thanks for the publishing call out, too. Hope you have agreat week. Sorry you had to drop a fortune on your peepers. I spent $450. It's a racket if you ask me, like the dentist :)

Lynn said...

Love these cooler days. Wow, sorry about your eye visit, but it is nice to see!

BECKY said...

Hi Claudia! We're having gorgeous weather here, too! You and I are always having Deja Vu days! Ron and I talked about having a small fire in our fire pit this evening! But...yes, it was only talk...for now! It's filled with wood and ready to go, though!
I am so sorry about your eyeglasses expense! I know it can be really ridiculous. Have a beautiful week!

Pearl said...

Fall has not quite hit us here in Minneapolis, but it's definitely in the air. I'm already wearing socks!


Susan said...

Hi Claudia:
It's been beautiful here in the east, too. How I love autumn.

The fire pit gang looked like they were all having a swell time. What a great idea.

Sorry about the big bill for the goggles. Wretched, isn't it? But how wonderful we have the ability to get them, despite the cost. So many people simple cannot. Period. So good luck with the new peepers.

Take care and thanks for your visit and comment to my blog. Always wonderful to see that you've stopped by. Susan