Fall Roundup: Mixed Bag

Fall Gifts

Fall has arrived and in my house it came with a gift of the cold! Normally not one to succumb to illness – other than the so-called preexisting conditions – this bout has been lingering ever since my granddaughter, who was the kind bearer of the gift, brought it to my home.

Scouring the Internet and my co-bloggers’ pages, there is a multitude of Fall giveaways and offerings available to savvy shoppers. We, my daughter and I, actually kicked off the season with our own adventure last Saturday which was the conversation of the most read post of this week. “Fall Shopping And The Perfect Guy: A Tale of Frustration.” Check it out here and do share with me in the comments section whether your Fall shopping has begun and what is on the list.

Fall is a great time to start preparing for the winter months. As the leaves change, creating the most natural kaleidoscope of colours, the last thing that might be on your mind is winter. Not everyone, however, forgets what is coming next. My recollection of my ex’s words regarding our decision to migrate is as vivid as the Fall colours appearing right now here in Edmonton, Alberta. “I want to experience the changing of the seasons,” were the words but like many Canadians, once experienced during the first couple of years, winter became a foe.

Patience, Winter Is On Its Way

fall is a great time to cultivate patience
Be Still…

Winter is as great a season as any other in my view. Cold yes, but huddled in my house on a winter’s night is the best time for me to practice a “virtue” that sometimes still elude me – patience. The second most visited post of this week discussed that very topic. “Be Still And Know: Practising Patience,” could be expanded and republished as an eBook, if I may say so myself, and distributed through Fall to those who need an idea how to use the upcoming winter months.  This is my favourite quote from that post,

“Impatience is rooted in fear – fear that what is yours will not come, that you are undeserving or just it, whatever it is, simply cannot be possible.” Claudette P. Esterine

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The third most read post since my last Roundup, was “Are You A Power Talker Or A Peddler of Poison?” Published on Wednesday, this was a recycled and revised post of mine that was previously published on Blogger. The theme has nothing to do with Fall instead it is a suggestion to check the quality of your conversations year-round. It was revised and republished coming out of an experience of hostility and verbal abuse being targetted at me on my Facebook page due to my position on wearing the niqab at a swearing in ceremony here in Canada. Check out the post and share in the comment section your self-assessment: power talker or poison peddler?

The Real Winner

Pakistani woman
Beauties from around our world

Closing this first Fall Roundup with a recap of the “top of the top” post for this week. Usually, only three new posts are chosen for the roundup but as work continues to increase the readership of the blog, new visitors arrived and as they browsed and they found older posts that interested them. Coincidentally or not, the post that actually was the most viewed and read this week was from our Contributor, Neelma Tashfeen, who lives in Pakistan. Her post, “A Peek Into The Daily Lives of 3 Pakistani Women,” drew some attention and for that I am grateful as it says that there is a real interest among you – new and returning readers – about the lives of other women in our world.

Have a read of Neelma’s most recent post and be sure to Subscribe and receive a daily email updating you of our posts. Next week, we have a great line-up of articles, including the first in our series on Prostitution. Did you catch the introduction to that series? Check it out here and do leave your thoughts in the comment section below it.

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First Fall Friday

fall pumpkins
Fall favourite

The intention of this blog is to highlight in an inspiring and heartfelt manner the real life issues affecting women around the world. We do not have a team of investigative journalists but what we are is a group of writers, coaches, ordinary people living extraordinary lives according to our personal designs. What we do is to write from our hearts on those real life issues.

Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated. As this blog grows, the hope is to introduce more writers who will add to the flavour. I am currently in conversation with a Nigerian woman, living in that country, who I hope will help to make our offering that more interesting and life-enhancing. More on that next week.

Do enjoy your Friday and Fall!

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46 thoughts on “Fall Roundup: Mixed Bag

  1. […] Fall Roundup: Mixed Bag: A very seasonal roundup post that attracted the attention of people around the world. “Fall is a great time to start preparing for the winter months. As the leaves change, creating the most natural kaleidoscope of colours, the last thing that might be on your mind is winter.” Through this roundup post you were invited to check out all the things Fall brought to your doorsteps. […]

  2. Fall and winter are my favorites! Yes, they’re cold but they evoke feelings of warmth and snuggling with my family!

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is an interesting take! Snuggle up my friend! 🙂

  3. The Fall and Winter are my Two favorite seasons of the year. I love the weather, the colors, the beauty, the holidays and fun family traditions.

    I LOVE Fall shopping. My kids and I are in some desperate need of colder weather clothes. I am even thinking of getting some fun warm stylish boots this year

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, do post a picture of the boots if you get them! I love nice boots myself and will endure shoe shopping as that is simple enough! Have a blast! 🙂

  4. No shopping done here. I am enjoying the fall air though.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s the key – enjoyment! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Rosey

    I’m not usually a fan of winter. This year we are some place warm so I’m a-okay with it. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad for you that you made it to warmth~! Have a great Fall! 🙂

  6. I hope you will get well early, I like the fall season.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and I hope you are enjoying the season!

  7. It seems to be that time of year for colds and the flu. We’ve been through several episodes of strep throat so we can certainly relate. Still, the fall season is one of our favorites. The weather cools down and the trees become so beautiful this time of year!

    1. Ms Claudette

      They are simple gorgeous! You see them every year but still can’t get enough! 🙂

  8. I realy don’t love this time of the year because here it rain all the time!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, that is like in British Columbia here where it rains a lot. Hope you have a great umbrella!

  9. I’m sorry to hear you have a cold. I caught one too! My kindergartner brought it home for all of us. I think that’s the only thing I dislike about this time of year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I usually don’t fall victim to these things but my granddaughter is so cute, when she is here we cuddle and dance all day, so she gave it to me good and proper! LOL

  10. […] one example but, here goes the positive me, it brought me this idea for a post. As mentioned in my Roundup post, Fall arrived bringing me the gift of a cold. My day started out with me doing everything […]

  11. Fall is truly one of my favorite seasons. I love everything about it, so I’m pretty happy it’s finally here!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is so interesting to see how many people love Fall! Glad that we did this and glad that you shared your love of the season with us! Namaste. 🙂

  12. I dont have fall where I live. Lucky you! I want to be able to experience it too.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Come for a visit and you might as well stay for winter too and experience that! LOL 🙂

  13. Oh dear, I hope you’re well soon! Excited for Fall here; thanks for the round up!

    1. Ms Claudette

      On the road to recovery, thank you for the wishes. Enjoy the season! 🙂

  14. Dogvills

    How can anyone not fall in love with fall? There’s so much to love about it! It’s a season where we give thanks and where we start to welcome the New Year ahead.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed! You never know why some love what they love and dislike what they do. 🙂

  15. Elizabeth O.

    Fall is such a lovely season and the colors are amazing too! I love that it has different holidays as well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You mean Halloween and Thanksgiving? Yes, you are right. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  16. I am definitely enjoying my Fall so far. It is my favorite season.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awesome! Hopefully you live where it will actually last at least a couple more months! Where I am, we can have snow at any minute now! 🙂

  17. We are having nice weather so far this fall. Excited to go to a baseball game Saturday night.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Is it outdoors? Bundle up! 🙂

  18. Dana

    Follow such an energetic time of the year and I love to see the seasons changing in the bright beautiful leaves great article

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and I never thought of describing Fall in such term – energetic! Wonderful perspective.

  19. I have a love/hate relationship with Fall. haha. I like the pretty colors, but don’t like the cooler weather.

    1. Ms Claudette

      So, I am taking it that you do not live where it falls below 0 then? LOL

  20. I am so ready for the temperatures to start falling and holiday shopping 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well, you can shop on my behalf while I huddle under the blankets! LOL. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  21. I love fall as it cools down at night. Makes great sleeping weather.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it does! So enjoy! 🙂

  22. dltolley

    It seems as though, every time our grandchildren visit, we end up with whatever they choose to bring into the house. Sigh. I love winter. It’s a time of slowing down and cocooning with your family. Good thing we live in a winter city! 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      That we do! Your city and mine are as good as they get when it comes to winter! LOL. Be blessed! 🙂

  23. Fall in the desert southwest is approaching, too, which means no longer are the days 100+ degrees, and the evenings cool down into the 70s. It’s my favorite time of year. But we, too, often get colds because, yes, it’s such a dramatic change in temperature. Why can’t medical science come up with a cure for the common cold? I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yeah, that’s my question too – they have come up with other cures for more complex issues – or is the cold the most complex? 🙂 Sounds like awesome weather you have! Enjoy! 🙂

  24. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am so happy for fall. I love this time of the year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Aww…I am so happy you are happy! 🙂

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