“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Adios summer

I am finally,
at last,
no ifs, ands or buts,
saying goodbye to summer.

It is hard. I want it to stay. I will miss the long daylight, the warm nights, the robins, the new flowers every day. But October is here, is halfway gone. Halloween looms near, baseball is playing its final games. The trees are slowly, slowly beginning to turn from green to pale yellow, soon to become golden, the leaves falling, changing the color of the ground below as they land. I am beginning to ponder Christmas presents, and am drawn to the too-soon ornament displays in stores. I snuggle in earlier on the couch, Maggie nestled against me. I am welcoming autumn. But not with the image above - my last-of-the-summer-flowers. I say goodbye with this image. I will say hello with the next.
i don't know why you say goodbye, i say hello


  1. How come your pictures look so much better than mine? It's not fair...pout, pout, stomp!

    You do beautiful work! I will be sending an e-mail soon. I have been hibernating I'm afraid and it's not even winter yet.
    Love ya!

  2. I wish I lived up north. I grew up in a Northern state, but, like countless other Yankees, have since been transplanted to the South (in my case because my parents moved, not because I chose to go anywhere).

    I envy Northerners their four distinct seasons, with Fall that comes in September.

  3. Trade you! I would move to Texas if I could. I live in Northeastern Kansas so fall started a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn't want to live any further North, too cold! I am a warm weather girl. But it will be 47 tonight and in the 60's tomorrow so I guess, yes, fall is definitely here.

  4. no good byes...more like see you next year old friend!
    your blog is truly lovely and i look forward to seeing your hello to autumn (thank goodness you don't have to winter in chicago!).

  5. this is so far my favorite photograph of yours... that i can recall. i love, love the blue/violet with the green shades. and it has that characteristic 'debi look' to it that i see your friend christy greatly admires as do i.

    stirred not shaken

  6. what an arresting image. and lovely as well.

  7. First, Miss Tweets - You are TROUBLE!! I am laughing so hard. Yes folks, Robin guessed the secret message in The Power of Words. She has me figured out.
    And thank you so much for the compliment, but truly, I am laughing SO HARD it will take me a day or so to really appreciate your kind words! :)

    Bridgette - Thank you also. I am feeling like that little bee - flitting here & there & back again.

    Beth - Oh, I do NOT think I could live in Chicago. I am such a BABY about cold weather! Thank you for checking in & for the sweet words!

    BB - You are tougher than me. I don't do cold weather well. But I know lots of people who prefer it. But I would probably love autumn more if I DID live where it was a very distinct season. Hang in there - one of these days you'll probably end up back where you want to be. Life usually works that out for us, even if seems to take a while.

    Christy - I have emailed you. Y'all are already about 20 degrees cooler than us - brrr!!!!

    Thanks to everyone! Lots of night owls!

    :) Debi

  8. In a lot of ways, Autumn and especially Winter make me sad... but at the same time, I know that I look forward to Spring and all of the wonderful new life it brings.

  9. That's a gorgeous good-bye summer photograph. And your wistful musings about the season's departure are lovely to read.

    I agree with you, though, about fall. There is something exhilarating about it--the leaves dropping in preparation of next year's buds--and yes, the holidays on their way!

  10. Carol - It's that lack of daylight. I hate when it gets dark early. All I want to do is sleep. And eat. :)

    San - Thank you so much. Thinking of the leaves dropping to make way for next year's buds makes it seem so much better! I like that! Oh! And shopping! I'm not sure I'm ready.

    :) Debi

  11. This is so lovely. Somehow, growing up in California, and now in SF, I never really got the seasons. Here, it's nice weather and then one day it just starts raining!

    And then one day it stops and it's spring again.

    Your photo is lovely. What are these little blossoms?

  12. Tango - They are something in the wort family. Not sure exactly what. We've got several shades of blue of these, as well.

  13. Love the image! Is that a "bee butt"? flying away from us? : )
    Leave it to you to come up with something as appropo as this!

  14. Relyn - Muchas gracias!

    Paula - yes, that is a bee. Do they go away for the winter? I've never paid any attention. Sad to admit, but true. I will pay attention this year!

    :) Debi

  15. I love the circular rhythms of the changing seasons....I think it is a perfectly natural thing to want to cocoon and hibernate this time of year. I see it as a way of restoring energy for the next warm season. (I also see it as a way of allowing myself lot's of comfort food!)

    Beautiful image!!!!
    Just beautiful.

  16. Jaime - This is a new thing for me, appreciating the changing of the seasons. I mean truly appreciating. Usually I am so annoyed at the cold weather (and yes, I know it could be much worse, but I am such a baby about cold weather) that I just hurry throught the fall & winter holidays & wait for spring. No more. Now I am beginning to feel a part of it all.

    Love, Debi


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