As an aside: Marie, Monique, and my other artistic readers, you may be amused to learn how much the pumpkin picture above amuses me--because one of my small goals for this fall was to draw better pumpkins, and this picture captures exactly what it was I'd been missing/somehow not really seeing before: The top of a pumpkin isn't really the stem; some pumpkin appears above/behind the stem too. :) I doodle on the pages of my journal, and my pumpkin doodles finally improved a couple weeks ago when I figured that out. It is the little things, indeed. :)
Ahhh, Winter! Take your time coming this year, please! I know each season has its charms and beauties, but I just don't want this fall to end. This year, especially, the colors are a balm for the soul.