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By the time I get this posted, I will have melted into a puddle on the floor. Summer is holding on with a death grip. I don’t remember 98 degrees in Portland, but then I don’t remember much. That can be a good thing. I decided it was time to take down my “Welcome Summer” wall hanging and replace it with some encouragement for Autumn to make it’s appearance.

Before the clean up work

Before the clean up work

Finished with scrap fabric

Finished with scrap fabric

The Autumn sign was framed and backed with scrap fabric that was gifted to me. The colors were just perfect. I love summer for growing things but have very little of that around as I plan to move next summer into a home of my own. I had hoped to make it this year but the Universe seems to have other ideas and timetables. So I flow with it. Instead, I get to enjoy the nature that’s all around me.

This cooled our spirits

This cooled our spirits

On Labor Day, my daughter and I visited the Japanese Gardens here in Portland. It was my first visit though she had been before. We did not wear the appropriate footwear as the paths were rocky and uneven. I was hoping for more flowering plants there but saw only lush greenery. The garden has a perfect view over the entire city. They had an artist’s exhibition there as well, but of course, no photography is allowed.

At the beginning of our walk

At the beginning of our walk

This instead of flowers but it's pretty.

This instead of flowers but it’s pretty.

We have been setting records for our heat this summer so last weekend, we just rested and saved out energy for this coming weekend. I thought I’d let you see what an old, HAPPY American-German looks like on her birthday.

Yes, I had beer and strudel together. Notice the straw in the beer? Still necessary.

Yes, I had beer and strudel together. Notice the straw in the beer? Still necessary.

My time has been spent this week keeping cool and getting things ready for my next projects. I’m hoping to finish a crazy quilt that was started in a class almost 4-5 years ago and I want it bigger than it looks now. I also want to make a Christmas quilt with embroidered squares, along with a few gifts. I’ll be in the sewing room for months. I was waiting for the cool to come and I think it will arrive on Sunday. Come on autumn!!!

it was a gorgeous day overlooking the city.

it was a gorgeous day overlooking the city.

Are you looking forward to autumn or are you still really enjoying your summer? What is the best part of autumn for you?

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.~ George Eliot

From my heart to yours,
Marlene Herself

Comments on: "In Search of Autumn" (15)

  1. JackieP said:

    I love autumn! I love the colors and crispness of that time of year. All 4 seasons are special in their own way, but I have always felt autumn was my favorite. As a painter I love the colors. Looks like you enjoyed your birthday strudel! Yum!

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    • Thanks Jackie. It took me two days to finish it but it was really good. There is good in all the seasons. Love summer too, just not the intense heat. I’m impressed by anyone who has the ability to paint. Envious is probably a better word. 🙂

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  2. Living in the other hemisphere, I am looking forward to summer! Our winter has been relatively easy – but to me has seemed rather long …. which I suppose is a good thing given that time goes so fast these days 🙂 Your birthday photo is very cute! Yet again I forgot to take photos this year – must get the YD to take a snap …… I look forward to seeing some of your new quilting work. Look after yourself!

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    • Thanks for reading. I have not put a photo on before. I have an aunt in Australia and lots of cousins. Always wanted to go but now I can’t travel. She always says the summers are too hot. I think we are all waiting for the next change. I just don’t do heat at all. When my son comes for Christmas, he has to ask me to turn on the heat. I’ll wait till ice forms 🙂 I hope to get the quilting done quickly but that would be unusual for me.

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  3. Fall is my favorite time of the year…especially here in the Northwest; cool, crisp, but still dry air. And … of course the gorgeous colors. Great pic of you on your birthday!

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  4. Happy Birthday, lovely lady! I do love seeing photos of you, especially those that show your happiness (beer and strudel would make me happy, too).
    You aren’t the only one suffering in this heat. It’s been in the mid 90’s with very high humidity all week, which precludes my exercise walk, which makes me cranky. C’mon Autumn! 😉

    Alicia

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    • Thank you Alicia. I did end up taking the strudel home after a few bites. It was the principal of the thing. I really can’t eat that way anymore. We have all had unusual weather this year. I didn’t exercise for a whole week.I’ll stop by and check in with you soon. Not sure why I’m not getting updates on your posts anymore.

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  5. I love autumn! Love it, love it. This fair-skinned gal wilts in the heat. It also hinders my time in the garden. I love pulling weeds in the rain, pruning in the spring and fall, and the break from hand watering pots. I also love the crisp air, the autumn smells, Halloween, pumpkins, sweater weather.

    I also love this post. Seeing your smiling face made my day. I’m so glad you included that picture. I love your tapestry too. Let’s all be glad for fall in this hemisphere and for the start of summer on the other half of the globe.

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    • Thank you, thank you, thank you. My aunt in Australia always complains about summers there. I like the dry part of summer but I’ll take rain if it brings the cool. I always gardened at sun up and went back in the evening till it was too dark to see and the bugs started biting. Have to stay covered in the sun.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics and thoughts about Autumn. I am in Sydney and we are just in early Spring, so a long hot Summer yet to come! We have had a very dry Winter ….just had first day of rain yesterday in over 8 weeks, so my garden is smiling this morning :).

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    • I have cousins in that area and an aunt in the Brisbane area. So I get updates from her on occasion on the weather. She doesn’t do will with the heat either. I so love the cool but I know everyone will be praying for spring and summer here after a long cold winter. All but me of course. Call me on it if you catch me complaining about the cold. 🙂

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  7. Belated birthday wishes Marlene! Hope it was grande! Can’t beat strudel. I like it WITHOUT raisins though 🙂 Well, I’m sure enjoying autumn this year. At the lake it was all work work work. Clean this, winterize that, store boats, bring in piers, empty garden pots and beds….blah blah, blah. Now I can just craft and enjoy walks. I’d like to check out that garden if we get to Portland again. Looks peaceful and serene.

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    • Thanks Boomdee. My daughter hates raisins too. So now I know why you haven’t been crafting as much. Good to know all the work is done and winterizing accomplished. The gardens were nice but I was hoping for more flowering plants. It’s right next to the Rose Gardens. If you ever get to Portland, I’d love to see you and give you a real hug.
      Hugs, MH

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      • Right next to the Rose Gardens?! We were there…oh shoot, well next time……we’ll go together and you can hug me all you want…giggle. I will hug the strudel out of you too xK

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