Fall Fantasy


Watercolor painting "Fantasy" with digital effects- copyright by Nellieanna Hay
Watercolor painting "Fantasy" with digital effects- copyright by Nellieanna Hay

September 28, 2010

Ah - the feel of fall,

Invisible, - and yet

Its ambience,

So palatable.

The aroma and taste

of a cinnamon raisin muffin,

Unlike a muffin

In the spring!

I sing the songs

Of autumn

In my soul,

Before the first leaf falls.

_____© Nellieanna H. Hay

The Sunrise

When my eyes

Are sprinkled with flakes of gold

I know the sun is peeking

From his bed.

He’s not too old

To rise!

He’s lonesome and wants to play.

Says, “Don’t stay sleeping!

Get up instead!”

____© Nellieanna H. Hay

Written 1950 – age 18

"Copper Buzz" ___By Pat O'Hara
"Copper Buzz" ___By Pat O'Hara
Poem and photo copyrighted by Nellieanna Hay
Poem and photo copyrighted by Nellieanna Hay


Who needs a reason to be?

Reasons can get in the way

Of life.

Reasons can delay

The flow of life.

Reasons can

Dim the glow of life,

Ground its airborne flight,

~ Drown its ecstasy.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

As flow is fed

So it distributes

Life ahead.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Samson lost himself

By needless alteration;

The non-integration

Was his key to pain.

But change

Which grows

From inside-out

Is highest,


Fullest gain.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

tread softly ~




______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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JayDeck 6 years ago from New Jersey

Thanks so much! The aroma of Fall adds itself and alters everything it touches, even muffins- beautiful.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah yes, Jay. Those muffins literally inspired the poem and hub! Until the last couple of balmy, cooler days our blistering summer has lingered as it usually does throughout September here. It was such a pleasure to feel that first sense of fall!

It is a magical season with its pumpkins and persimmons and glorious colors. But it's that special "feel" in the air which so enchants. The longer shadows and shorter days - everything proclaims it.

Thanks for the visit and kind comment!!

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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love "the Sunshine" and I respond to its call every chance I get. I always say, if the sun is shining I must go outside!--it calls me to enjoy its rays :)

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

very nice to wake up to this morning. I love the "Study in Contrasts" You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The mystery of changing seasons effect,is a change of perception as well as temperature;)

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Nellieanna- incredible. You've captured fall and the anticipation. But all your words and pictures make a beautiful scene!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

FloBe - such a bright and cheery expression of your personality. Glad if my little poem prompted it! Thank you so much for stopping in! Always a pleasure to see you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

alekhouse thank you for the lovely comments. I was glad the Study suited the theme. I'm pleased that you liked it! I'm wondering how you like the way Autumn aarrives in the Heart Of Texas? Not much like Kentucky, is it? :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Acer - thank you for your astute remark. Yes, seasonal changes - especially those early ones which herald the coming major changes surely largely reflect our own perceptions and our subliminal experience-fed nostalgia and anticipation.

But then if we think of the instincts of animals who also begin early to perceive the changes and prepare for survival during the various upcoming seasons, it makes us wonder how much of our own “feelings” about the seasons are a residue of our own ancient instincts too. Any thoughts about that?

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Micky! hello, my friend! - What a pleasure to hear from you, your responses to my fall thoughts. You are so kind in your praise! Thank you!!

Fall offers such a cornucopia of goodies, it's impossible to resist its lure! One thing about fall I really miss about living further north - in Indiana - is persimmon puddin' - one of the most luscious treats imaginable and a real "from scratch" kind of delicacy.

Are you by chance familiar with it? It begins with waiting for the first frost. After that, the wild persimmons lose their "pucker" and become the most yummy sweet fruit and they quickly fall to the ground. The trick is to be there first before the animals and other humans arrive to appropriate them !

Once secured, however, the work is only begun. They have more seeds than pulp, so the next challenge is to put them through a colander to separate the skin and seeds from the pulp. It takes a bucket of persimmons to yield the pint of pulp which is called for in the recipe. Usually there will be more than one bucketful so all must be prepared and pints stashed away in the freezer for the rest of the season's festivities. It wouldn't be Halloween or Thanksgiving without persimmon puddin' and if there are enough for Christmas dinner, too - it's a great season!

The recipe is, in essence, a custard, as is pumpkin pie. But the character of persimmons causes the mixture in a pan covered with a half-inch of it to rise and form an almost chewy top, which falls back and becomes like the crust. Squares are cut and served with thick cream poured over the top. It's truly sinfully delicious.

We have no varieties of persimmons like those in Texas, though there are some small black wild ones at the ranch which delight the deer and other wildlife. This gets new bushes planted as the animals move about, depositing the seeds. ;->

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanna, reading your poems is for my soul as lying in a tub filled with aromatic, herbal, foamy water is for my body. It is truly sooo sweet and soothing, I just have to read it at least four times. You are so unique and indeed a master when it comes to converting words into soft and gentle ointment for the soul. I will, for sure, be your fan forever! PS: It is now spring in South-Africa. Beautiful!

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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I often think, in my more prejudiced moments, that the reason why americans write "the Fall" is because they cannot spell "Autumn". But then I read your beautiful, and literate poetry, and I realise that the reason they call it that is that the term "fall" is the perfect way to describe this time of year. Let us all hope that the "Autumn" of your life Nellieanna is a particularly long one, so we can continue to benefit from your delightful verses. The pictures are a treat as well. Thank you.

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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Very beautiful poem on my favorite time of year - autumn. It has arrived here on Whidbey Island, the mighty maple trees in my front yard are starting to change color and their leaves are beginning to "fall". Amazing varieties of yellow, orange and dark rusty reds. It is absolutely gorgeous. We also take a drive each fall along Chuckanut Drive near Bellingham Washington to experience more trees and their beautiful colors. I loved your poem and your display of the contrast watercolor effects. Thank you for sharing this awesome poem and may God give you many more autumns to reflect back on. Blessings!

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

The problem is that your poetry is of of such consistendly high quality, that one runs out of praises.

The ""Copper Buzz" ___By Pat O'Hara" is of interest to me. Can you tell me more about it? It's the type of thing that I really go for :-)

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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Thank you. Your work always puts me in a calm and happy place. You have such a gift.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

How absolutely lovely - the poem too! (ha ha) I love autumn and that just made my day seeing a reminder of all we have to look forward to.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie I love YOUR imagery here! An aromatic herbal soak does sound delightful!! If my little poems’ effects can be compared with its beneficial effects in different capacities, I feel gratified. Spring is a lovely season too of course. Perhaps the autumnal advent is so welcome here in Texas because it calls a halt to the fierce heat of our long summers and ushers in a fairly mild and short winter, - in addition to its own beauties and ambience.

Autumn was ever George’s and my favorite time of the year, for sure. I loved to share his appreciation of it. He had a way of radiating his pleasure with his expression alone. He also wrote lovely poetry, though not as prolifically.

At one time we made it a practice to make our last camping trips of the season at Lake O’ The Pines in East Texas before they closed the park for the winter. It was a place where I loved to read, sketch and write and he loved to fish. We always had music which suited the mood, too, which was magnificent wafting through the pine trees! Our favorite -George Winston’s “Autumn” album, which I just plucked from the CD shelves and inserted into my computer to enjoy. Other seasonal and anytime favorites, “September Of My Years” (Frankie, of course), “September Morn” - Neil Diamond, “Autumn Leaves”, Mozart’s Concerto in C Major, No. 21 - 2nd Movement (theme from “Elvira Madigan”), Ella Fitzgerald, Vern Gosdin - and many more. But it was so special. Ah - there goes George Winston’s music. Ummmmm. Thanks for reminding me - indirectly. What fun!

Thank you, dear lady, for your most enjoyable visit and comments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Christopheranton! what a pleasure to receive your attention and complimentary words. I am in awe of your literary excellence, so it’s high praise for my poetry to be called literate by you!

I did have to chuckle about the probability that we Americans might be spelling-challenged to the degree that words exceeding 4 letters, especially if the longer synonym contains a silent letter, would be beyond our scope! hahaha It was a rather endearing "British thing", though, and truth is we refer to this season with either word! But “Fall” helps us remember to set the clocks for Daylight Savings Time, “falling back” and “springing forward”, you see - valuable memory crutches.

I thank you with all my heart, both for your kindness toward my hubs and the well-wishes for my longevity. My intention is to hang around for the century mark at least!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Whidbeywriter! I have been a fan and follower but, having just checked your blog of gorgeous photos and paintings, I’m now a devoted fan! I agree - it’s a gorgeous place where you live. I’ve always heard as much. My parents began their married life in the PNW - Seattle, but they traveled all through the area and into Canada, selling books! And my late husband’s nephew, Robert Hudspeth, is a respected marine scientist, writer and professor at the Univ. of Oregon. You are, indeed, blessed to live in such a lovely place. I’m pleased that my poem on the Autumn brought you pleasure! Thank you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

DG! Now I am honored with a visit from you!! That is praise enough with no further words required!

When I was in a group focused on art and artists, I discovered Pat O’Hara to share with them and fell in love with her style. Her philosophy about painting appeals to me, too. Her own words: "The process of art making is a game of challenge, chance and obsession." I can’t help but see these qualities in her work.

Biographically, she’s a Canadian from British Columbia who graduated from an art and design school in Vancouver and whose media include acrylics, ink, collage, stitched canvas and mixed mediums. One of my other favorites is a woven textured design. Some of her paintings could make gorgeous scarves and other fabric pieces. Reminds me of another artist who did use her own original paintings for textile printing on fabrics which she used to design exquisite clothes - Mary McFadden.

Pat O’Hara finds her abstract compositions’ subject in objects, patterns, colours and textures for her lyrical abstract expressionistic style. The painting “Copper Buzz” is among several featuring mostly color, texture, dimension - and this one, to me, suggests movement and other senses - taste, sound, the sticky feel. To me, it’s a bees’ honeycomb, with honey dripping from out of the comb’s waxy tiles. Whether or not that was her inspiration is only a guess on my part, but that’s the fun of abstract art. Also, I can’t help but notice that even the title, including the word ”....buzz”, suggests it.

You could notice my photo with the “Life is. . .” poem superinposed on fall leaves and a textured background, which i a section of some fascinating material received in a parcel as packing to cushion the contents. It’s made of a flat piece of rough brown wrapping paper, cut so that it becomes the dimensional material you see in the photo. It was too interesting to cast out with the carton in which it was used!

Now - again, Dimitris - thank you for coming and reading my stuff and apparently, enjoying it enough to leave a comment, a visit which is appreciated and long-awaited.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Poetvix! You are such a welcome visitor, too. I’m gratified that my writing is like a balm for you! Thanks for the lovely compliment! Hugs.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Audrey - hehe. You wouldn’t believe what pleasant memories of my darling George that stirred. He was always using that kind of piggy-back compliment to make me feel good.

I know you’ll be enjoying a lovely day and autumn in your beautiful idyllic scenario with its vista and your lovely malamutes romping about. They must be eager for cold weather! :-) Me, too, quite frankl!

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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

Beautiful, real poetry. (Have you noticed how there's a lot of gobbledegook masquerading as poetry these days; most of it doesn't even rhyme - unlike yours.)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you -amillar. I appreciate the high praise, calling it "real". High praise, indeed!!

Yes, I do notice much stuff online which I can't really classify as poetry, - or prose, for that matter. However, I can't measure it by whether there is standard rhyme, per se. In fact nothing is more boring than those "sing-song" rhyming groups of lines about some blah subject.

But rhythm can be achieved in more ways than the similar sounds at the ends of the lines. I guess what I need to feel in a poem is "music". A kind of balance and atunement which suit the subject being conveyed. On the other hand, some as you call it - gobbledegook is more cacophony than music! But then at times so is some stuff played on musical instruments trying to pass as music - merely noise!

I try to give benefit of the doubt and look for personal style though, but even that openminded search sometimes fails. Often people seem to be just "trying" to make a poem, rather than a genuine feeling or thought arising from their souls or innards, insisting on being expressed, in contrast with their insisting on forcing something from their brains to come up with some words which appear to be poetry. But I love to discover individuality and style in new places with new faces. And there are many really good examples here on Hubpages.

I guess I'm most appalled at lame efforts at writing haiku. Such tampering with its rules usually removes it from the classification. That's ok, so long as it's not being passed off as haiku. It''s all too obvious that most efforts to compose haiku are mere stabs in the dark, with little understanding of the form or the purpose of that genre of poetry.

Haiku writing is an area for confining one's individuality and focusing only on the observation being captured, not trying to be a major player in the message.

Simply short lines, especially saying what one did that morning, don't a haiku make! LOL I remember thinking that too. I felt "clueless" and I was! Still am, mostly, where haiku is concerned. At least I've learned to discern the difference between it and lame efforts, though. If one chooses to do haiku, some serious attention to its details is a prerequisite! Otherwise, what is produced just won't qualify for the term.

Since it needn't rhyme or be concerned with grammar, can totally ignore complete sentence structure and complicated messages, it is a very appealing though. All it needs is the required number of syllables in the required number of lines, with an implication of the season and the required pause in the thought in order to plant gentle imagery in the mind of the reader from simple observations of nature. I"m certainly not very good at it! I definitely wouldn't offer up most of my efforts as haiku!

I really like this one which follows the rules and accomplishes the purpose of haiku, which was composed by Basho, a masterful haiku writer:

The years first day?

thoughts and loneliness;?

the autumn dusk is here.

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Frontal lobe unique to humans cannot completly dilute the emotions that evoke a feeling of drama related to the changing seasons...

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Who would want to dilute them, acer? As you say, it is unique to humans - to being human - and most valuable! Thanks for the lovely additional thought! Hugs.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

One always can feel your warm and loving heart in all your pictures, poems and writing. I think that is fantastc to be able to put it in. Thank you for a wonderful read.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - well I am most delighted that you can see that - Thank you!!

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a wonderful read and visual experience to herald any season, all seasons being deservng of reflection. Somehow, once again, your poetry touches me uncannily about things I've been mulling over lately, like water, energy (or lack of), and of course, the smells, sights, and touches of autumn that make their subtle appearances day by day until they all come together in a powerful presence one bright, cool, blue-skied morning. Voted up and beautiful.

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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

Loved all the words, I like how your mind travels! Loved the painting by O'Hara! wow...colorful, thoughtprovoking words, photos and paintings.

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images99 6 years ago

So lovely- here is a poem for you

I will give you a loving hug everyday

No matter whether the sky is "suny" or gray

I will shield you when harm comes your way

You must not be hurt come what may

I will make your days happy and (G)Hay

For your fears I will try to allay

I will remember the days to buy you a bouquet

‘Till I’m older and my memory is in disarray

I now only have this to convey

That I love you and my love is here to stay.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Nellieanna, at a 101 degree, we are not yet into fall, they say 88 by next week, I can hardly wait. Reading such beautiful works as you put forth will be a fine way to while away the hours until then.

Autumn this particular year holds many surprises and hopes and wishes as inside it is wrapped the answers to the most bitter topics that I've seen in all my years. I'm ready to set November in the rear view mirror and move forth with a feeling of healing resting on this nation as we round the corner into another new year, God willing that is. I had high hopes of a trip this fall to circle the east one last time, for now it appears I'll have to try for spring time, again God willing.

The days that bring forth the falling leaves will be the days I walk away from this computer and go out side to play, I look forward to much fun in the cool weather beneath the Arizona Sun. It is there year round but it reduces it heat that beats down in the summer months to a bright yet cool time, if that is not a "Miracle" received from God, then I don't know what is.

Thank you for your thoughts and words that has brightened my day in anticipation of another beginning of days that are cool and friendly.

May many blessings, peace and love flow your way, Dusty

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Tis so true


Who needs a reason to be?

Reasons can get in the way

Of life.

Reasons can delay

The flow of life.

Reasons can

Dim the glow of life,

Ground its airborne flight,

~ Drown its ecstasy."

What a wonderful season Fall/Autumn. I loved the wreath of color you surrounded your kind and gentle face with. Your smile shimmers with the brilliant colors that circle you.

I love the Fall the colors, the smells, the crunchy sounds as I walk amongst the leaves and watch the squirrels busy themselves gathering for the long cold winter. As summer comes to it's end a new life awakens and the seasons continue to spin their magic for us all. Turkey and pumpkin pie is drawing closer, yummy.

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

"Smiling house... Premeditates...The joy...Of being in it." I love this! It says it all for me about every new adventure, whether it be a change of season or a change in life. Nellieanna, the light from your soul sweetens my day. Thank you!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Sally - yes - all the seasons are special. Just when I think it would be marvelous to live somewhere like Hawaii - and I’ve no doubt it would be - then I think how I’d mss the other seasons with their various kinds of weather, even those which make my hair frizzy and those which keep my feet cold! Thank goodness for ceiling fans and fur-lined boots! ;->

Yes - we need to remember to be aware of the essential things you remind us of, like water, which we coast along taking for granted - till we are without it even momentarily, it seems - and then it becomes what it is, life-sustaining. And air. Wow. We breathe it 24/7 and think nothing of it. But when it’s not there for us - Wow.

Yes - seems that the mid-seasons especially tend to sneak up on us till they simply surround us with their presence like a loving embrace - which we can take for granted too. We must pause to be thankful for all these wondrous privileges!

You described that emerging autumn day so perfectly! Thanks for the - (as always and ever) - fine-tuned comments!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Marisuewrites - I’m delighted to meet you! You see, when someone new to me is kind enough to comment on any of my hubs, I must see who they are.

I’m truly awed by your story and hubs arising from it. When you said you face challenges with humor, I knew you were "good folks"! So for you to think my words and mind are pretty good is an honor. Thank you!

Yes, Pat O’Hara’s work is awesome!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah - Images - There YOU are! “You are my sunyshine! “ :-)

What an absolutely sweet and lovely poem from you!! Thank you!! I will treasure it. Your heart is a loving beacon, making everything and everyone around you better for being within its radiance!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Dusty! I know about that high temperature keeping fall at bay. We’d been having the 100+ stuff too, although the 90+ days were about as hot feeling with their sauna-like humidity, a condition which you escape out there!

But in either case, the changes to cooler are welcome ones!! And one feels more optimistic in general. You surely seem more optimistic!.

As for when to travel, springtime can be the best! Anyway - you’re already in a place where folks up north flee when their winters approach - to that Arizona sun which shines on you year-round. You should get to enjoy it in its balmy mood!

Thanks for the well wishes & the appreciation of my hub!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Ken - lovely compliments! Making my head swell.

But as for pre-stirring cravings for turkey and pumpkin pie, I’m not sure I can forgive you for that! hehe - After all, It’s still a long-g-g way off till Thanksgiving! Maybe I’ll have to cheat a little and at least indulge in some cranberry sauce ahead of schedule. heh heh . . . But OK - the anticipation should be part of the delicious fun, shouldn’t it? And it is fun! So I suppose you can be forgiven! :-)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

To no one in particular: Just to share it with friends. This morning I downloaded music to iTunes on this Mac - from some of my CDs. Some wonderful autumn songs among them. Just to fit the mood. . . . have been hearing them emanating from this laptop all day! Now that’s a nice thing. Yummy & doesn’t require any cooking! hehe

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Silver Genes - dear heart . . . that little line was written about my feeling for that farm house where I lived and which I painted and used on the the hub “My Tale Is Told”. It did smile. I love that you thought of it as a metaphor for opening new doors for any newness in life, from seasonal to any of life's surprises. That’s really specially nice! Thank you.

I enjoy your company too!! Thank you!

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

As Martie points out, this is a little out of sync for us here in the southern hemisphere - we're just getting into spring, and if the present temperatures are a harbinger of to expect this summer, it's going to be a scorcher. Temp today in the low 30s Celsius and I'm boiling, so your images of a cooling down are very welcome indeed!

Loved the muffin bit too - great stuff!

Thanks for sharing your high quality writing with us, I love it.

Love and peace


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Having just emerged from a scorcher of a summer here in Texas, my empathies are with you as you look forward to yours. However I just looked up the conversion of 30s C to F - and we've had the equivalents of your 38 to 41 - "real temperature" plus the "heat index" temperatures which include humidity which cause it to FEEL hotter, even up to higher levels. Not so long ago! Poor Los Angeles, where it's not traditionally terribly hot - or cold, they just had a heat wave a couple of days ago in which it was up in the 100s - your 40s. People were suffering!

Actually the weather which feels so balmy to me now includes afternoon temperatures up into the mid to high 80s, even some 90s - which would translate into your 29 - 34 or so. Therefore - I can't be too worried that you'll boil yet! Of course - you may have a humidity factor too. At present here, our humidity is low so it "feels" good. I'm not even using the A/C and only occasionally, the ceiling fans. I'm wearing my fur-lined sheepskin slippers (soon will be in my fur-lined boots for my chilly feet! hehe. And I've had to don a little sweater occasionally.

I spent a year in Arizona, where temperatures are routinely 110 or more in summer, though almost always "dry" heat, though Tempe, in the Phoenix area where I was, lies in a valley which sometimes harbors whatever moisture there is in the vicinity. It's known for its "smog" in fact.

But by the time "winter" arrived, with lows only into the 50s, never down to 32 - freezing - I was wearing my winter clothes I brought from Indiana, where it gets quite cold! My theory is that one's blood thins in very hot temperatures and thickens in cold ones. Don't know how scientific it is but it would account for the way temperatures "feel" in different climates, perhaps.

Glad - as always - Tony - when you visit my hubs and leave your special comments. I adore your writing and hubs so it's an honor if you have positive impressions of mine. Thank you ever so much!

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Nellieanna, what lovely poems, the sunshine one I had to read twice as it was so magical, I also love all of your photos and pictures, you make our simple hubpages into a work of art, lovely. cheers nell

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Nell! There are so few of my early poems surviving! That is one of them, so thanks especially! You're so sweet to visit and leave lovely comments!

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

I've come back to read this compilation of poems and artwork at least once a day since you published it. My favorite changes with every reading, but the colors, the aromas and the taste of Autumn settle over me like the embrace of a soft warm sweater.

Thank you Nell.

There is no denying Autumn living in Vermont. Even with warm sunny days the nights are chilly, the morning air crisp as the bite of a Macintosh Apple plucked fresh from the tree.

Each maple and oak vie for most colorful tree on the hillside. And the sunlight is more precious as the days grow shorter and the shadows longer.

I was born in October, and I love the Autumn, the bittersweet knowledge that the beauty is a harbinger of the stark white landscape of winter.

I suddenly have a yearning for a mug of hot apple cider...with a cinnamon stick...an maybe a hearty splash of rum!



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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

What a totally lovely poem in prose is your comment, Christopher! I may've mentioned it to you before, but of all the New England states I saw during an autumn trip up there many years ago, Vermont grabbed me the most, though we didn't visit there, but only drove through it. Our stay was in Connecticut mainly, with a side visit our hosts treated us to in a delightful New Hampshire Inn in the White Mountains. That was lovely too, though winter had arrived there earlier than further south in NE. It was wonderful anyway.

I appreciate your coming to my hubpages and letting me know you enjoy them. It's quite heartwarming - speaking of which, the hot apple cider, cinnamon stick and the splash of rum sound most inviting!!

When in October? One of my elder siblings, Ruth, will be 90 the 25th - a Scorpio.

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA


It is MY pleasure to read YOUR hubs.

This mini-anthology left me feeling like I stepped from the chill gray shadows into the welcome warmth of a sunny Autumn afternoon.

I'm glad you had the chance to catch a glimpse of beautiful Vermont when you were in the area, but if you had visited in Autumn you may have chosen to linger longer.

My birthday is October 22, right on the cusp of Libra to Scorpio. Just another thing I have to thank my mother for.

Wish your sister a happy birthday for me on the 25th.



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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Chrisopher! This morning was so glorious. I went out early to beat the rush at Fry's Electronics and Sam's Warehouse for things on my "to get" list. My street is still fully summertime! All the leaves on the trees are brightly green and the crepe myrtle everywhere is especially glorious now, after recent rains. These "bushes" grow to tree-size and are covered with blossoms ranging from white to pink to lavender to deep cerise, and some yards are bouquets of all the colors! Our boulevard is lined with them, as well. I'm impatiently waiting for my 3 bushes to grow and make more flowers!

There are other summery reminders - honeysuckle climbing on fences, mimosa and vividly green lawns. Yet the nip in the air is unmistakeable and the shadows, indeed have lengthened. I love it all.

It WAS autumn when I was through Vermont! It was at our hosts' pleasure, though - driving us all around N.E. So my choice to linger wasn't an option. But it was vivid among my N.E. memories.

Ah - a cusp. I'd almost "decided" you were Libra. Your intellectual light is so bright. But perhaps the Scorpio emotionality is almost as apparent. I'm an air sign like Libra - Aquarius, with the other air sign rising, Gemini; plus oodles of tiresome ponderous earth keeping my feet on the ground from Capricorn. Fire in my moon sign, Sagittaius and water in Venus via Pisces. Mars in Aquarius. Odd mixture. LOL Jupiter is firesign Leo, which is good for its magnanimous effects.

Do I "believe in" this stuff? Naw. Belief in things is so presumptuous! I certainly don't "know" - but when I notice traits which 'fit' - I find it fascinating enough to bear watching.

I'll probably call Ruth on her birthday so I'll pass it along to her. She's lucid enough to care, perhaps.

Hugs ~ NHH

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love this!

Although I have experienced fall only once in my life, I still remember the riot of colors, the sound, the aroma and everything about it. Your poems and images just brought back all the happy memories I have of this season. Thank you very much Nellieanna!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Jill - I can understand because in my early youth in South Texas, the fall was not a highly distinguished season. But later on I lived where it was a gorgeous time, full of all the features that distinguish it. And I guess that once you know the seasons, they're unforgettable from then on. The slightest hint of them evokes the entire joy they are.

So happy that you stopped by and that it was a pleasant visit! Thank you!

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ralwus 6 years ago

Nellie never lets me down with her beautiful words weaved so nicely not unlike a warm sweater. I go to bed now with thoughts of you and fluttering autumn leaves and pumpkin pie. xox Charlie

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Awgeewillikers, Charlie, m'pet. That's so nice.

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msorensson 6 years ago

Beautiful as ever, as the soul who writes it. Thank you for sharing your soul, beloved Nellieanna.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, thank you, my dear Melinda. I'm pleased you like it!

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Juliet Christie 6 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

Lovely poems and Impressive picture. Fall can be a beautiful season.Here is a verse from one of my poem entitled-


Yesterday I laughed,

Today I cried

Tomorrow I may laugh

Or even cry, who knows

for life has its seasons.

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ralwus 6 years ago

I have been hiding out in Books, Literature and Writing forum; shut up and write a "poem" thread. Come join us, some of my best is in there, all new. We need more contributions so let you light shine. (((hugs)))

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Juliet - I love that! It's beautiful, true and delightful. Thanks for sharing it! And thank you for visiting my hub, reading and commenting!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Charlie - I'm so flattered! I'll try to get there! Thank you!

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much Nellieanna for sharing these wonderful words of yours. I have only just come accross you on here and I now look forward to seeing more of your work. Take care and make sure you carry on with these beautiful words.

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Hello Ms. Nellie. I haven't read your works in such a long time. It was refreshing to do so again. Beautiful poetry as always. :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Eiddwen - thank you so much! I visited your site just now and found you to be a compatriot! I enjoyed the hub I read and hope to get more of them read - as well as to follow your future posts. I'm pleased you came across mine (perhaps via one of our several mutual followers?) and invite you to return and browse anytime!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Kaltopsyd - ALWAYS my pleasure for you to visit my hubs! You've been missed! Thank you for the nice words, too!!

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Nellieanna-You are a prolific poetry Goddess. Your poems are beautiful and inspiring but the pictures of you made the poems even more incredible. :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Why thank you, gracious Minnetonka Twin! I appreciate the encouragement! I do love the autumn so!

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Sundaymoments 6 years ago from United States

Nellieanna to this hub all I can say is WOW!! Great Job! I am amzed at your great talent! I most certainly voted this hub up.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you most sincerely, SM! :-)

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Heart Felt Book 6 years ago from New York, NY


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Heart Felt Book! what lovely words and compliments! Thank you. Yes, the webpage is quite extensive! I've been accused of capturing readers on it for hours - and still they haven't exhausted it all. I began it some 13 years ago, built it "from scratch" and it has grown over the intervening years to many pages and sections, and contains much that I hold dear. I appreciate your visiting it! Hugs.

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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Powerful poetry. Loved your hub! Thanks!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

pennyofheaven - Thank you for a gracious comment and for visiting my hub!

Also thank you for following me! I've visited your site but need to read more! Looks very good!

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shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

Poetry that engages all the senses, so full of imagery and beauty. I love this collection so much!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, shimmering dawn! I dropped into your site and read your hubs. Looks like you are off to a great start on HP! Welcome aboard! Hugs.

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