Friday, September 12, 2014

Feels Like Fall Fragments

I know it's not officially fall, but it sure feels like fall.


Sorry, but that word fits there, don't you think?

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I think a combination of things makes it so...the cooler weather and breezy days, the late afternoon light, the way nature, like we humans, resists the initial change but eventually throws up her hands and dazzles us with color.

It's hard to put into words, but this time of year stirs up my emotions. It's a season made for outdoor fires and blue jeans. Hot tea in a warm mug. Contemplation and reflection. For looking backward and forward and right where you are.

Or maybe that's just me.

Friday fragments are full of fragments and also awkward topic changes.

We're a little late to the game, but hubs and I have recently started watching Homeland on DVD.  Daughter2 bought the first two seasons for hubs birthday, and I finally convinced him this week to unwrap the cellophane and hit play. He doesn't jump on the television bandwagon like most people do, doesn't want to sit for hours and watch an entire series, but we're all in now. It's a little eerie how similar the storyline is to the recent real life Bowe Bergdahl event. I don't know if the similarity will continue (no spoilers please!), but the early part of the plot is frighteningly similar. The first season of Homeland came out in 2012, so this was not a case of art imitating life.

I've been tagged a few times in the 'top ten book' thing that's been making its way round social media, and thought I might as well post my list here too. I don't know what the original instructions were, but here are mine-list ten books you've loved. Books that have meant something to you or books that made you think in a new way or those that touched your heart and soul. Books that have stayed with you.

I didn't think too deeply about my list. These are ten that came to mind, and as it happens about half the titles are books that were read to me as a child-

1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
2.  Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
3.  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
4.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
5.  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
6.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
7.  Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
8.  My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
9.  Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10.The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

So what titles would make your list of top ten?

In other news, I'm breaking my firm no cooking on a Friday night rule, but I won't be cooking on Saturday night so it all comes out even in the end. That's another thing I love about autumn. I feel inspired to cook. With the gorgeous weather and a chill in the air, dinner at home on this Friday in September sounds cozy. Slow cooked BBQ'd boneless short ribs because I know someone will ask.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Hop over to Half Past Kissin' Time to read more or to add your own fragments while it's still Friday. Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. slow cooked BBQ ribs do sound good y'all.
    I'll never understand why people like making lists. Maybe I should make a list of things I'll never understand. Nah.

  2. I'm inspired to cook in autumn too. Just need some autumn weather and I'm set. We're still in the 90s this week. I'm so over it. So very over it. Have a great weekend!

  3. I have everything lined out to do some fall cooking around here tomorrow. We like "pots of" stuff and that's what autumn is all about to me.

    Have a nice relaxing weekend!

  4. I enjoyed reading your 'Fall Fragments'. Yes, slow cooked BBQ ribs sound very good--and I'm sure they were :)

  5. Everyone is blogging about cooler temperatures - even below freezing from one of them! Brrrrr!! I posted my books on FB last week. It was a fun exercise! Wishing you a good weekend!

  6. I have been inspired to cook too. I just offered lasagna to my husband and his co workers. I am trying to be excited about autumn. You just reminded me of a lot of reasons to love it!
    That is a great book list.

  7. I love fall too.
    I think Abby has recommended Homeland, maybe that will be a winter show for us.
    I have thought more than once that I should read Anne of Green Gables. I don't know how I missed it, but I did.
    I really like older Ken Follet books. Pillars of the Earth was one of my favorites too. Have you read others?
    Have a good weekend!

  8. It hasn't felt anything like fall here until this morning. We were in the upper 90s/100s all week but we had a big front come in last night and now we will be in the 70s. Well, for today, at least. I'll tai e what I can get. I do love fall despite it's lack of existence here and I wish you a beautiful one.

  9. I'm so happy for Fall to be here in temperatures - even though not officially ... Yet!!!
    My list of 10 books are:
    The Bible
    Israel, My Beloved by Kay Arthur
    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
    Diary of Anne Frank
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
    Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    I like your list. It's not easy to narrow down to ten books. Every time I read someone else's list, I'm reminded of other favorites.

    And I've enjoyed cooking this week, too.

  10. I haven't read all of your favorites, but the ones I have I've enjoyed as well. I'll have to come up with a list of my own. I'm making a pot of chili today.

  11. Like you, I am more inclined to cook when autumn hits. This is indeed a wonderful time of year!

  12. I like your description of this time of year ......a time for reflection! My husband watched Homeland and I've heard wonderful things about it. Sounds like a great dinner last night. Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Great frags! I feel the same way about Autumn. It's like a beginning and an end. I tend to make soups and stews more in the colder weather. I like your book list. I'll have to come up with one too and post it one of these days. Have a great weekend!

  14. Charlotte's Web was my all time favorite as a child. I cannot explain the giddiness I felt when the movie came out in 2006. I caught the end of it on TV a few weeks ago and clapped with glee. :) #iamadork