Dear Sunday Letter friends,
September is here! The thing foremost on my mind for this September? Our daughter is getting married this month! When she first became engaged, the date seemed so far away. And now—bam!— here it is, and I still need to get my dress hemmed.
With September comes fall. There’s something about the changing seasons that adds balance to our world gone crazy. At least I tell myself that.
Here Comes Fall
Friday, I stepped into Hobby Lobby bracing myself for holiday overload and walked out excited and inspired about Halloween and Thanksgiving. I even bravely ventured into the Christmas Wonderland section and felt my grip on summer loosen.
To those of you enjoying a last lake hurrah for Labor Day, have a fabulous time. I’ve officially moved on to fall, watching football all day and night (yesterday) and starting to think about changing out my door wreath to something more autumn-y. I predict this year’s fall in northwest Arkansas will be brilliant will lots of color. Yes, I’ll be taking lots of tree pictures.
I have my favorite trees in our neighborhood, and this is one (taken some prior fall)…
Its leaves are still green today, but it’s happening, you better believe it. Imperceptibly, the leaves are just starting to turn. My goal is to help get you in the proper mindset.
Late Summer Roses
Meanwhile, before autumn settles in, our roses have survived yet another summertime battle with the Japanese Beetles. Recently revived they’ve come out to bloom again, as though to say, “Hold your horses. Not quite yet.”
My most successful defense turned out to be offense—hand-picking the pests off in the early morning before they were fully awake. Early bird gets the worm and all…
If you look closely, you can see leaf damage on older foliage from the beetles that feasted back in June, but the new growth is healthy. Lest the pesky things believe I’ve let my guard down, oh NO. I’m still watching and stand ready to remove them at a moment’s notice.
Y’all—I have a bit of exciting news. You may (or may not) recall in 2018 I wrote my first 10-minute play entitled Last Call at the Dairy Freeze. (It’s based on a short story I wrote by the same name and the setting is a Dairy Freeze in Hillsboro, Texas.)
I was recently notified that my play will be included in the 2019 Fall Performance Series by Five & Dime Drama Collective. Production dates include four performances (one matinee) Friday November 8th, Saturday Nov. 9th, Sunday, Nov. 10th at the Center Stage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
If you live nearby, maybe you will consider attending? The Fall Performance Series includes five 10-minute plays from playwrights all over the country. Yes, I just called myself a playwright. LOL. Of course I realize Eureka Springs, Arkansas will be too far for most to travel to see my 10-minute play, but I promise there is so much to do in this charming Ozark town. So who knows? Maybe you need a fall escape.
The Mummy Market
Friday night we were invited to a cocktail party at the Fayetteville Public Library, one of my favorite places in all the state. At the party, we were updated on the status of the impressive library expansion project slated for completion October 2020. Our library is going to be even more incredible that it already is, if that’s possible.
I can’t imagine a world without libraries. They have certainly impacted me. In fact, I’m gonna include a library acknowledgement in my next book which will be in your hands before the library expansion project is complete!
Do you have a first library memory?
When I was in elementary school (probably 2nd or 3rd grade), Mrs. Barton, my elementary school librarian, let us take turns going table by table to browse the aisles and choose a library book for the week. I chose Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. I’d read that book a million times and picked it because it felt familiar in my hand, like having a friend with me for the rest of the day.
Mrs. Barton saw the book I selected, shook her head, and sent me back to re-choose. “You can challenge yourself a little more, I think,” she said.
Mortified (I was easily mortified), I whispered, “Okay,” returned it to the shelf, and without thinking or looking at the cover, chose The Mummy Market instead.
Based on the title I thought it was going to be about Egyptian mummies, but it was about three kids trying to find the perfect mother. Thinking back, I wonder if it was my first chapter book? One thing I know—It was BRILLIANT, and it has stuck with me all this time.
Sadly, The Mummy Market is now out of print. A rare treasure, it is priced as such. Does anyone else remember it? Does anyone own a copy?
Put Me in the Zoo, a classic, is still available. Thank goodness.
Things Momma Says
I’ve been thinking about buying more Walmart stock, but I’ll probably just coast on out with what I have.
Thanks for reading today’s Sunday Letter. Happy Labor Day weekend! What’s everyone doing?
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.