Sep 5, 2009

Autumnal Tumblings

We had a poolside luau here in Orange County last night for the Fusion (40+) group of my church. As late as 9 PM, the temperature was 85˚. And yet, fall was on my mind. There was a teasing warm breeze. My thoughts were shifting from leis and island music to pumpkin latte's, baked fruits, and autumn leaves.

So, here's welcoming dose of fall. Showcased here are some of the adornments that Susan Branch included in a fall feast that she hosted at Martha's Vineyard. I have a number of Susan's books and enjoy her illustrations! This napkin fold is one of my favorites as I love to tuck small guest favors within it's enveloping layers.

Entertaining in Fall: Susan Branch - Country Living

TIP: One of my favorite and most used tools is a silver Sharpie. Try using this tool on dried or freshly fallen leaves.

Sep 2, 2009

Will we ever have a normal fall again?

The New York Times - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Even without the East Coast foliage, California falls have special qualities. Or, at least they did. For the last several years, dry conditions, wind, and heat have made our terrain prime kindling for arsonists. It's dizzying to look at a California map and see how many fires ravage simultaneously. Lives and homes have already been lost. Neighborhoods have been evacuated. The view of our local mountains is obliterated by smoke and pyro-cumulus clouds that resemble atomic bomb explosions.

They say that 90% of all fires are caused by humans: 50% done deliberately. What a tragedy it is that some people delight in devastation and destruction, almost competing for the biggest losses. And, arsonists are on the rise.

As long as this sickness exists, will we ever have a normal fall here in California again?