"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Friday, October 01, 2010

Let There Be Light

We're facing an active weather period. The tropical storms are headed for New England, and flood warnings are already posted for the western portion of this state even though the deluge hasn't reached us. At the moment it's strangely warm and humid, as it has been in recent days, and there's not a drop of rain. Yet. That's destined to change very soon.

I'm watching birds as I type--the juncoes are back, so is a phoebe. And all the regulars--purple finch, chickadee, nuthatch, jay, mourning dove, and every sort of woodpecker. And chipmunks in abundance.

The shipment with the final batch of back-ordered drawer and cabinet pulls arrived. I duly installed them in the kitchen. The dining room Persian rug is back from the cleaners, looking like new. And our renovation project is well and truly finished. The next phase will be the guest bath, but I haven't decided the timing.

The changes to our bedroom were more cosmetic than invasive. The missing piece was a pair of matching lamps that had to combine traditional features and modern shades. While out and about yesterday I found them, unexpectedly, and at an excellent price.

The old-style dial telephone was originally at the lake cottage. When we changed to push-button phones there, I decided to bring it to the Lodge and use it.

For the next couple of days we'll have crazy winds and rain. After that, evening temperatures will go down to the mid-30's. And then it's due to warm up a bit. This contradictory and unsettled weather indicates that it's October in New England. (And the gorgeous foliage confirms it!)

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