Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall (a Free Printable and Prepping for a Possible Hurricane)

Sharing a free fall printable

Can you believe it's almost September? Fall is my very favorite time of the year!

I love the cooler days, the changing leaves, the return of pumpkin spice lattes 😀

But...I can't forget that I live in Texas...Southern Texas y'all...and it sure doesn't feel like Fall yet!

This is what lies just 12 minutes down the road from our home...

the beach at Surfside

Beautiful, isn't it? Unfortunately, hurricanes and tropical storms threaten this coastline every few years.

Hurricane Prep

Here on the Texas Gulf Coast we are anxiously waiting for Hurricane Harvey. At the moment, we are in its direct path and are being told to expect up to 30" of rain and definitely some crazy wind!! The storm surge is expected to be up to 10 feet and flooding is a major concern, especially since it's expected to stall out and dump heavy rain for several days.

Preparing for a possible hurricane is a little like taking a deep breath...and holding it!

I've stocked up on groceries and water, Mr DIY has dismantled the trampoline and moved everything on the patio into the garage. School has been canceled. I'm desperately hoping we won't need to put the hurricane shutters up because it's a little like living in a cave and it makes me so claustrophobic. When we lived in Florida we were threatened by Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina and Ike and had to live with the hurricane shutters up for a couple days until the threat passed.

While it's tempting to give in to fear and panic, I am reminded that God is still in control. He made the seas and the winds and the weather after all. My faith brings peace when things are out of my control!

I took advantage of Kroger's clicklist for the first time today and ordered all my hurricane groceries with the click of a button. I love the convenience...and avoiding the crowds is always a bonus!

Free Printable

I had prepared a little goodbye to summer and hello to fall with this printable.

free fall printable

I created this in PicMonkey. and am making it available as a free printable for your personal use. Shoot me a comment with your email address if you'd like the quote and I'll send it to you. It would be pretty displayed in a 4x6 frame, wouldn't it?

Fiddle Leaf Figs Update

I've had a couple of you ask for updates on the status of my fiddle leaf figs. You might remember when it appeared I'd killed one by leaving it outside overnight during a frost last winter...and how happy I was when Mr DIY scored a sad-looking freebie from the discard pile at Home Depot. Here's how the little freebie looked when we brought it home. A lot of the leaves had to go.

fiddle leaf

I'm happy to report that all 3 (yes, I was able to divide the small one) are happy and healthy, growing and actually thriving! 

Here's a look at the twins 😉...

I just noticed how the leaves are all reaching one direction...time to rotate them!

Fiddle leaf figs are fantastic house plants

And the one I thought I'd sad forlornly on the back porch all spring and early summer. I was about to toss it when I noticed some green one day and started watering it. It took off!

Not only is it NOT's very alive and happy on the back porch! I want to give it a pretty new pot, but I need to wait until the stems are sturdier first.

fiddle leaf fig

My tip to helping these guys flourish? Keeping them in bright light, and watering them once/week with 1 cup of tepid water. I also dust the leaves periodically and feed them with fertilizer.

I'll be back next week to let you know how we fared with the weather...and to share an easy, cheap fall project!

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  1. Cindy I wishing the best for you and hoping the hurricane passes by without any trouble.

  2. Cindy, I hope things go ok for your family with the storm. You are welcome to come north to Dallas if you need to. We have space.

    1. Stacey, you are so sweet to offer your home. Thank you so much! For the time being I think we will stay put but thank you for your offer and we will definitely keep it in the back of our minds!

  3. Praying the hurricane doesn't hit y'all. Love the fall quote and would like to have it!

    1. Thank you for your prayers Debra! I just need your email and I'll send the quote. If you click on the orange button that says 'Contact Us' you'll be able to send me a private email.

  4. Really praying that everything turns out for your family and the others living in Texas. I love your quote.

  5. Hi Cindy, I hope you are still dry and have avoided the worst of Harvey. I'm praying for everyone that this hurricane has touched. The printable is really cute! I love PicMonkey!

    1. Thank you Michele, I hope the worst is over! There are some creeks in town that they are watching closely, but the sun is out today which has done a lot to lift our spirits!

  6. I was wondering if I could get the oscar wilde fall quote

  7. I would like the 4x6 print. Melissa,

  8. How do we get the Oscar Wilde fall printable?

    1. I just need your email address and I'll send the link.

  9. I would love to have the Oscar Wilde quote

    Thank you so much!

  10. Hello! If this is still available this year, I would like to be sent the Oscar Wilde quote. Thanks so much.

  11. Hi Cindy! I would appreciate your Oscar Wilde Quote Fall Printable. Heartfelt Thanks!

  12. I'd love the goodbye summer hello fall printable please!

  13. Love your fall printable! Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Would LUV fall printable!

  15. Hey! I know this is an older post but if you still have this printable I would love it please!! thanks!!

  16. Can I still get this lovely fall printable?


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