fall spottings


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Remember the simplicity project? I have been slowly whittling away at areas around the house (reveals on the way), and holiday decorations were hit pretty hard last month. I think I always post similar pictures this time of year (sorry!) but I can’t help it. It just makes me happy to see fall around our place. I packed up some fall garlands and odds n’ ends for Savers, and kept only what I absolutely *love*…  which now only takes up one plastic bin.  And what I love are my plastic and ceramic pumpkins, which took me all of 5 minutes to put around the house. Woot woot. And jack-be-littles from the garden. Speaking of which…

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Ever since the mildew disaster a few weeks ago, I chopped my pumpkin plants back to about 1/8 the size. (This baby grew fast; when I pruned it, there were only a few leaves!) Only one plant (out of 3) survived the mildew spell… and I had to take out the cukes entirely.  Sad.  There was a tiny bit of mildew on what remained of the pumpkins, but I tried the milk treatment (water +milk spray) on the leaves and stems and it’s been working. I’m amazed. Soo cool.  I’ve been watching it everyday and hopefully I can keep it growing through the fall without it succumbing to the mildew again. So there is always hope, even for a lone pumpkin plant.

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What on earth am I going to post about when this plant’s done growing…? ;)

Quiet.

I recently read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t stop Talking, and discovered that I am officially an introvert.  I’ve always kinda known this, but when I silently answered “yes” to every question on the author’s list of introvert qualities, I didn’t realize I was so far on that side of the scale!  I kept finding myself nodding in agreement while reading, laughing or even grimacing because I could relate to the feelings and situations presented.  I appreciated the dissection of introverted leadership and why it’s a good thing (Chapter 2), as well as her suggestions for encouraging an introverted child.  I also liked Chapter 9, where she looks at effective communicators and public speakers who are indeed introverted, but you’d never guess it. (The secret? If you’re passionate about your subject, have a true love for it, this may outweigh the fear of speaking about it. Duly noted! This took me way back, when I had to give a speech in a Public Speaking class and talked about tea. I even handed out a few of my favorites. I was terribly nervous however… but maybe I appeared confident? I’ll never watch the video they took of us to critique… 10 years later…)

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