Even after the first frost last night these poppies are still going strong. Soon, the fall colors will be bursting. My favorite time of year! I am getting settled in for the winter. Got a job, a good place to live & I joined a bowling team! I call myself the "embarrassed Valdez bowler" since I am way out of practice from living in a town with no bowling alley for 22 years. I was raised in a bowling alley. My dad used to moonlight at one when he was in the Army. He would take one of us kids with him to empty beer bottles & ashtrays. After work we got to bowl. I also kept score for my mom's bowling team when I was in the 3rd grade. So I know the lingo. Just got to get my curve ball back.