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Not Quite Fall

Seems like a lot of people are jumping on the Autumn decorating wagon. As much as I love Fall, I'm just not there yet. I'm not ready to put away my seashells and Summer look...not yet.

But come September, I'll be all over it - even if it is still 90+ degrees outside. Truly, Autumn is my most favorite time of year!

We did get several days of rain and cooler temperatures this past week. The rainy weather made it feel like Fall! (Very unusual for August in Texas!) I decided to take advantage of a break in the rain to clean off my front porch at the city was a mess: leaves, dead plants, and just grunge built up over a hot Summer's benign neglect.

I swept, threw dead plants out, planted new ones,

 moved the concrete benches to the sides of the porch instead of under the long windows

And boxed up the various bits and pieces of my daughter's gardening efforts so she can take them back with her the next time she visits.

Ah, much better. Now it's ready for when I'm ready to decorate for Fall.

(We still need to repaint the house. Going to get rid of the yellow!)
In the studio, I'm working on several paintings: Autumn stuff - pumpkins, scarecrows; coffee cups;  a sign or two;  Christmas card design; plus more:

Not to mention the longhorn painting I'm doing for my twin sister and her husband
I'm happy with the way it's turning out although I have a ways to go. (The colors are muted in this photo). I need to finish it by Halloween.

I'm hoping to get lots done this week.

Are you ready for Fall?

I'll be participating in a Texas Blogger Fall Hop in October. I'll be sharing more in the weeks to come. I'd love for you to come visit and see what we each come up with!


  1. The rainy weather we had this week was refreshing for sure! It rained every day, and was raining this morning when I got up! You're right...unusual August/Texas weather!
    Getting the house painted or painting it yourselves? I started painting our house a couple of years ago and never finished! I still have paint in the cans...waiting to be shaken, stirred and brushed onto the house.
    Love the Longhorn.
    You're so talented.
    Have a great week!

  2. I also enjoyed that cool front - I'm just ready for something new and your longhorn is awesome!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  3. This cool front has been wonderful! I feel like a new woman:)
    So glad that you are creating, looking forward to seeing it all!

  4. Delightful "August weather" in Texas. Has almost felt like Spring. We had to replace the Gazebo canopy on the patio (hail damage) ... so that encouraged me to clean and rearrange the patio, plus adding a few plants. When have we we ever put out plants in late August? So I know that you feel grateful to clean and rearrange your porch. Love your longhorn painting ... lucky twin sister.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. You've been busy with lots of creating, painting, and projects! Yes, I've certainly enjoyed our cooler temperatures and the rain!

  6. Yes, I really am looking forward to fall! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned.

  7. I'm looking forward to fall but like you I'm not there yet. It is still hot as heck here in Georgia so fall may be around the corner but it is still down the road a bit.

  8. I know it must have felt good to get things cleaned up Cecilia. It doesn't take long for some things to start looking tired. I plan on doing that this weekend.

    Love the longhorn!!


  9. I am prepping but waiting for September too to actually start making the changes ♥

    1. It seems like a good time to prep! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I think we are all in this state of wanting the cooler days of Fall and all we can do now is doing exactly what you are doing now....clean and prepare! And must say I love your Longhorn painting...I am sure your sister and husband will love looks fantastic so far!!

    1. I think you're right! We are all pretty much tired of the heat! September is almost here though and I'll be pulling out my Fall stuff then!
      Thank you! I'm making good progress on Mr. Longhorn plus working on a couple of other smaller paintings. :o) Have to have something to paint while the longhorn dries enough for me to add the next layer.


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