Fort Valley road in autumn
Leaves are changing on October 6 along Fort Valley Road in George Washington National Forest in Virgina. It was a beautiful driving alternative to the bustle of the nearby freeway (I-81). Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

We live in a really beautiful country. It is also a very BIG country. Holy cow, is it big! And there are places were AUTUMN happens! Like autumn with leaves changing colors and everything! While there is much to love about living in Texas, I do miss having more than a couple of seasons. And that’s if winter happens. Otherwise, the year is just variations of summer.

When I was a little girl, we not only had a leaf-changing autumn, we used to “do” autumn in school. We’d color leaves and glue them to tree looking things. Now that I know more (i.e. have lived in place without a leaf-changing autumn), I realize that not all autumns are created leaf-changing. And they happen opposite in the other hemisphere. (I could be bitter about the false advertising from my youth, but I prefer to move on.)

Now I get that that a “traditional” autumn depends on where you live. And some on Mother Nature’s mood at the right time. If She produces, say, a really big snow storm a bit early (unlike The Weather Channel, I refuse to name a snow storm!), then autumn will not put on her pretty colors, even though it is right time, right place.

So, all things being…something, I got to see some what I would call autumn this, er, autumn. And I liked it.

There is something kind of soothing about the flow of the seasons. My family thinks I’m crazy to miss winter, but I do. But I think I miss autumn the most. The blaze of glory, the cool (sometimes cold) air gets my creative juices going in a way the a/c just can’t duplicate not matter how cold it gets. Maybe it is a circle of life thing. Or a circle of my life thing.

I know it was both fun to see places I had not seen before on the #hermitroadtrip, but it also satisfied something in my soul to experience a leaf-changing autumn. Do you find that there are certain seasons that you’re drawn to? Times of year that lift your spirits more than others? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for an AnaBanana gift basket of year round yummy. Winner is announced first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,


When Pauline isn’t wishing for leaf-changing autumn to roll somehow find her, she writes books. Books filled with humor, mayhem and romance. Come on, you gotta have the romance! She’s written romantic suspense and out of this world space adventure. This year she returned to her romantic suspense roots–and New Orleans–with a new series: The Big Uneasy. The first book is Relatively Risky, which released in March. And Family Treed: The Big Uneasy 1.5 released in September. For more info about all of Pauline’s books and more, hop on over to her website at It’s not as good as autumn, but it’s not bad.

Cover art for Family Treed
Family Treed is 1.5 in my Big Uneasy series. This short story is my amuse bouche, because it is a taste, a quick bite for my readers, a chance to check in on Nell and Alex (from Relatively Risky). Cover art by Ana Baird. All rights reserved.

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The Road Home
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6 thoughts on “The Road Home

  • October 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    You mean there are more than two seasons? LOL.

    I’m quite attached to our mild Texas winters. I wouldn’t miss about a month of the 105-degree summer though. Then again, if I had to choose between summer here in DFW and summer in Houston, I’d pick the not-sticky heat of DFW. πŸ˜€
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    • October 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

      LOL! I’m having a hard time finding TWO seasons some years. LOLOL! And yeah, the humidity really adds an unstable and gnarly element to the weather. πŸ™‚

  • October 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love autumn, and I’ve been missing winter but looks like I’ll have the cure for that soon. The wonderful thing about being cold and seeing everything buried under snow is that it REALLY helps you NOT take the other three seasons for granted. Not sure I’ll get that big pop of autumn color I crave next fall in NL… but meanwhile, I’m off to Chicagoland hoping the leaves are still clinging to the trees.

    • October 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

      You are going to see some rocking season changes, I think! So excited for you! And yes, the snow really makes you appreciate spring, summer and fall. Winter here just makes me appreciate winter. I get really clingy. LOL! Have fun in Chicago!
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  • October 14, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I love Autumn. I live in perpetual summer, except Summer is wet and humid and yucky. Autumn, though, is calm and clear and mid-20s (70ish F). Gorgeous weather.

    I also love the autumn deciduous display. We do get that here and there in Oz, down in the colder states, but they are introduced trees. I was in Europe in November one time. It was pretty – but also cold. Guess we can’t have it every which-way.

    • October 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Our summer is fairly perpetual (and hot and sticky), too! Nope, can’t have it all ways, which is a pity. LOL

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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