Just Write {6} The Hallmark of Summer’s End

Driving in to work this morning down the wilderness highway from Fox Lake

we pass the first clusters of school children standing in the clear morning light at the ends of long driveways

waiting for the first glimpse of the yellow school bus to appear on the horizon.

Tendrils and wisps of fog rise from the wet chip-sealed highway

making misty the dripping scarlet leaves of fireweed gone cotton

the blown wild roses, the foxtails and cold-stunted aspen.

These fledglings scamper madly amongst the hillocks of wet grasses

lunches packed securely in backpacks of hello kitty pink and batman blue

unaware of the long vista stretching before them

thinking only of this moment

this first day of school

this hallmark of summer’s end.


This is my 6th installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. I am linking up with The Extraordinary Ordinary.

One Yukon Minute: Sept 29, 2012 @ Fox Lake Campground

This month I’m joining Blogtoberfest with the goal of blogging as many days this month as I can. Since I don’t have internet at theLake, I’ll probably miss the Saturday posts, but that’s okay. I’ll be blogging in spirit. Visit the Blogtoberfest link on the sidebar and check out what everyone else has to say this month!

Today I would like to offer you another Yukon minute. The purpose of One Yukon Minute is to give you a chance to escape from the busyness of your day and take a moment to simply breathe and reflect. I invite you to turn on your speakers, press “play”, and enjoy one meditative minute on the house. Try it – it’s free!

This is the stream at Fox Lake campground, taken September 29th, 2012.

Another Look at the Sky at Night

I’ve gotten into the habit of reading quilting blogs, and I am always impressed by the fabulous photos of the quilts on them. When I finished Amber’s quilt I took a few mildly “artsy” photos and they turned out great! Then when I finished Nora’s “stars in her eyes” quilt, I got a little braver and really had fun photographing from different angles etc. So I’ve been looking around at what else I can play “camera” with, and realized that I don’t have nice pictures of two quilts in particular.  That gave me an excuse to take my camera out to the lake and have a little bit of fun with my trusty little point and shoot . Today I’m going to show you “sky at night”,  the quilt I made  for Michael way back in 1996.

I’m also linking up with Lily’s Quilts for A Fresh Sewing Day and a Small Blog Meet. Check them out!

Lily's Quilts
Lily's Quilts

Now on to the pictures!






I stood on my deck this morning watching the leaves fall into the yard. Not a breath of wind. Absolutely quiet and still. The only movement the flutter of a leaf as it fell. The only sound a soft whisker. One by one. Summer is ended. Autumn is here in all her glory.