That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
by William Shakespeare
Labor Day weekend! It’s the last hurrah of Summer! The children are back in school and the pools will closing for us seasonal people. What will you be doing to enjoy this three-day weekend? I know many will be planning a traditional cook-out. Want your work of manning the grill to be successful? Master Chef contestant, Sharone Hakman, gave some great tips in his interview with Pattypie. Did you know your meat should be brought to room temperature before throwing it on the fire?
September 6th is Read a Book Day. Last month’s Book Crush Monthly Giveaway was Shooting Scars by Karina Halle. Check in to see what this month will bring. As always, be sure to look for Jen’s latest book reviews. Jen most recently reviewed Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken
The 8th of September brings us to Grandparents Day. Many schools and churches will be taking time to honor our grand ones. Stop in to tell us if and how you will be celebrating. Emil tells us what schooling was like for some of those from the greatest generation in Memories Of A One Room School.
Also taking place on the 8th, is National Pet Memorial Day. A day to remember the special members of our family to which we have had to say goodbye. The memories of our lost pets are bittersweet, sorrow at having to let them go mixed the recall of the good times we were blessed to have them, I cannot put into words as to what two of my dogs meant to me and how special they were. The love of animal is an amazing thing. Then, there are those other animals we bring into our homes that are not destined for a long life. The lighter side of coping with the life-span of those little critters can be found in Mommy! My Goldfish Learned To Float!
Fall will soon have the leaves changing their colors and officially begins on September 22nd. I am still not ready to bid farewell to Summer. But, time pays me no mind. It always ends whether I want it to or not. I do love the crisp cool air of Autumn as I am missing the lazy and fun days of Summer.
National Women’s Friendship Day also occurs on the 22nd. A day that is truly meant for IW. Where would we be without the love and support of our imperfect friends? The good times and conversations that have taken place over our years together mean a lot to me. A big wave and hug to all of our old friends and also a welcome to the new!
September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day. Which brings us to our IW Classic Of The Month, Baby Elephants Get An Upgrade. Baylor and Tupelo are two young elephants at the Houston Zoo who get to enjoy time in their very own swimming pool.
Have you taken our poll on the Tooth Fairy? Our latest Poll-Talk is an extra fun one. Is your fairy punctual, always arriving on time? Or, does she sometimes miss the mark and show up a little late? Share your traditions and read what others do when it’s time to cash-in the baby teeth.
Don’t forget to enter our latest giveaways! The link to IW’s giveaways can be found on sidebar on the right.
We would also like to give a shout out to everyone with a birthday or anniversary this month! Let us know in the comment section below so we can celebrate with you. As always, grab your coffee, tea or wine and feel free to use this thread for open discussion.
Lily Doe has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She has never been shy about sharing her opinion and enjoys writing on a variety of topics. Her life’s focus is sharing good times with family and friends.