95 thoughts on “A Cool Autumn Breeze

      1. I agree! I think it is one of your best thus far too.

        Please keep them coming! I’m glad you have so much fun making them.


  1. This is just adorable. I look forward to your posts and reliving childhood again. Your artwork is lovely and the stories they tell are sweet, and usually hysterical. Thanks!

        1. What do I do? What kind of illustration? Will a simple Clown on Fire suffice, or should it be something else?

          1. Nicole,
            It’s my way of saying I’m a big fan of your blog, and art. Don’t take Le Clown’s passive aggressiveness too seriously, even though I’d die for a banner by you… Die being a big word as I do love my life, but I’d probably get a few more gray hair… In a good way…
            Le Clown

            1. Oh well, you weren’t around when I made everyone’s avatars, and I’m afraid I’ve already started working on it.

  2. I’ve been enjoying your blog for the past year, and it’s long past time I told you how much I enjoy both your artwork and your imagination. I just love this post – particularly the flight with the geese and the “surprise” ending. :-)

  3. I remember one time, I was at the park near my high school (I think it was at lunch time or after school or something), and a private-school group came in. One little girl started swinging on the swing on her stomach, like Chrissy is doing, and the teacher snapped at her to “sit on the swing properly, or don’t use it at all.” Some adults just don’t remember what it’s like to be a kid.

  4. My sister and friends sooooo used to do this. For hours, I remember. It never took much to keep us happy. Depicted beautifully with paper and cut-outs, as usual.

  5. This is absolutely enchanting, Nicki! You absolutely nailed it on the swinging motions. And what kid didn’t want to believe he was flying? I am in love with this post.

    In other news, I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a while — like a whole entire week. So long that I tried to type in The Middlest Sister and my browser didn’t recognize the name but instead pulled up The Middlest Sister @ Blogspot. I kept scrolling through the homepage thinking, what is this? What has Nicki done to her site? How long have I been away? What the hell is going on?

    I’m so glad I found you.

    1. Hi Angie! I haven’t been commenting much lately because I am concentrating on my manuscript and trying to fill out my illustration portfolio, but I stopped by Childhood Relieved to see What the… Friday was. But it was NOTHING! What the…?? :D My own browser has taken me to that blogspot blog once or twice, and it is jarring. This is not my beautiful header. This is not my beautiful life. Well, how did I get here?

      1. Oh cuh-rap. I was hoping no one would notice the absence of last week’s WTF.
        Those are easy posts to slap up there but my excuse is I got waaaay behind in putting together my 3 year old’s birthday party that day. It was family-only for crying out loud. But I still had to make a meal and a cake from scratch. Why must I torture myself so?

        The good news is I accidentally ran across the worst music video (and, no, it’s not Once in a Lifetime) that I’d never seen before and I’m anxious to share it this Friday. Stay tuned.

        Manuscript? Portfolio? Exciting!

  6. What a lovely lift of autumn memories! The scarecrow looks concerned on the downswing, but no worries – she’s just gathering steam for the next flight.

    A manuscript? How exciting! Best of luck, Nicki.

    1. Thanks :) It’s a graphic novel I’ve been tinkering away at, featuring the girls of The Middlest Sister. I’m on my 8th draft, haha… the 9th coming soon, no doubt.

  7. You have a stunning ability to capture a moment, a mood and an entire state of mind in a way that transcends language even when you do use a few words. It is a pure joy.

  8. I love the lyrical quality to this. This is my favorite one so far. Autumn is my favorite season and my best memory of it is breathing in that cool air as you head out the door. How I miss it …

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