August 31, 2014

September 2014 Welcome Message

Carolyn’s Compositions


September…the month when Mother Nature begins to change her monochromatic green covering to a green print accented by brilliant red, gold and bronzes.

Speaking of green, Monte is busily painting our house with a dark green accented light green. He hopes for a week of warm dry weather so he can also paint the patio. He didn’t accomplish these tasks this summer because he had to repair and paint at our apartment building 82 miles away from where we live. We survived some major insurance problems there that required us to “burn the rubber” between our home and Slippery Rock numerous times, but now things are on the upswing.

Intermixed with the above came late summer computer and car problems. Monte hit some mysterious computer key that turned our word documents into Office 10 format, which we couldn’t access. The situation is now solved (how, don’t ask me). The next morning I woke up and my laptop wouldn’t turn on. “WHAT did you do to your laptop?” my computer guru asked. “NOTHING, not a thing,” I stated. It seems the insides were burned up as if a major power surge hit the 15-month-old now-out-of-warranty electronics device. It didn’t happen. The only saving grace is that I retrieved the data, including the only copies of 6 months of photos.  I miss my photo workshop—can’t locate an easy to use one on the Internet.

In the parking lot of the computer store the cable raising and lowering the window in our car. No car available until mid-afternoon the next day, so I missed the August meeting of the Beanery Writers Group.

We did end August on a positive note. On the 29th we enjoyed an original play, The Stone House, presented by the Butler Little Theatre at the Old Stone House in Slippery Rock in Slippery Rock and on the 30th I attended a blacksmith event at the Compass Inn in Laughlintown.

Today, the 31st,  we bid farewell to the summer and welcome autumn’s arrival by eating good food with good company at my son-in-law Michael’s annual Labor Day picnic, co-hosted by my daughter Sandy. The nice thing about this event is that my husband Monte and I can invite our friends without having to do the work.

Three days hence Monte and I celebrate our 48th anniversary.

I hope your transition from summer to autumn is as delightful. Please continue to read CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS,  my multi-genre online magazine, which welcomes a number of new July and August subscribers (if you haven’t subscribed, please do s0—go to the upper right and type your email address in—it will not be made public)

Carolyn Cornell Holland



  1. Ahh…Carolyn. So sorry for all misfortune in the dog days of August. But it seems, when we’re overwhelmed with one problem, then two more will follow! And you know Murphy’s Law…
    Wishing you and Monte a pleasant Fall season. 🙂

    Comment by merry101 — August 31, 2014 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  2. We celebrate our 27th anniversary this week – tomorrow our kids, daughter in law and grandog will be here to celebrate with us – Fred & Chris will be cooking waterbuffalo steaks & onions.

    Comment by Grace (&Fred) — August 31, 2014 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

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