In other news, a story of mine got held-onto (again, still, or something like that) for final selection for a magazine. It makes me happy. I should know in a couple of months if the story will be in or out.
In the garden:
Autumn has arrived on the hill, announced not so much by leaf-fall, colors, or even the scent in the wind but by powdery mildew. To fight this dastardly disease, you can spray, prune, or both. (I recommend both, but prune at minimum.) Removing diseased leaves not only helps slow the spread of the disease, but allows more airflow into the plant. Powdery mildew likes moist, warm conditions to grow. Pruning takes away some of the moisture. Most people notice it on their squashes first, but keep an eye on those grapes. Now is a fine time to reduce your grape canopy--before problems set in--to help protect your ripening grapes from all kinds of fungal problems.