Oh my!  I’ve been working so diligently on the final edits to my latest novel, I’ve barely noticed that we’ve slipped past August and are already in mid-September!

The days are getting shorter and wetter, and I’m noticing that the bird songs of summer are quieting down. The Pacific Northwest is a birdwatcher’s paradise all year long, but it’s especially impressive during the fall migration seasons, which can last a couple of months. Swirls of starlings and the honking vee-shaped flights of Canadian Geese overhead, compete with Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese for attention. As my husband and I drive up to our house on the island, we often stop in Mount Vernon to watch the tens of thousands of Snow Geese that visit the Skagit Valley between November and early spring.

Snow geese flying in the Skagit Valley.
The migrations also remind me it’s time to put out my backyard bird feeder. While I leave the hummingbird feeder up all year long, I take down the birdfeeder in April and put it back up in late September. I don’t want the birds to forget how to forage for themselves during the summer months! I find endless entertainment watching the chickadees, sparrows, finches, robins, juncos, and so many others. I’ve got at least 15 different bird species visiting my feeder on a regular basis. My feeder is just a simple one, but I make sure I’m feeding my backyard friends a good quality bird seed mix to that’s applicable to the birds in the area.
The quizzical expression on this Gold-Crowned Sparrow makes me smile.
While I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin-spice (which makes me a definite minority around here), I do love a good apple crisp, and the way the house smells after baking.
Apple Crisp


6 cups tart apples, cored and chopped (about 6 apples)
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
pinch of kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish
  2. Mix together chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice. Pour into prepared baking dish
  3. Combine brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter, until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.
  4. Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out. Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
  5. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, or for a totally decadent treat, drizzle with caramel sauce.
It’s been a very busy summer for me, and I’m looking forward to finally catching up on some me-time. I’m anxiously awaiting my copy of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s latest novel, Lost and Found, from the author, which releases on September 26. It’ll go perfectly with a bowl of warm apple crisp!
Trudy Yoder shares a passion for birding with Micah Weaver–and she has an even greater passion for Micah. Their friendship is finally turning romantic when Micah abruptly grows cold. Worse still, he wants to leave Stoney Ridge.

Micah Weaver thought he was over Trudy’s older sister. A year and a half ago, Shelley had broken his heart when she ran away from Stoney Ridge to pursue a singing career in Nashville. Then, out of the blue, she’s started to leave distressing phone messages for him.

When the bishop asks for volunteers to scout out a possible church relocation in Tennessee, Micah is the first to raise his hand. Despite scant details, he’s confident he can find Shelley. After all, his reputation as a field guide is based on finding birds that don’t want to be found.

What Micah doesn’t know is that what you’re looking for isn’t always what you find.

Suzanne has generously agreed to send a copy of Lost and Found to my giveaway winner. And I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of one of my books. U.S. only. Winner will be announced Tuesday, September 19, and has three days to respond to my email.