When I stop to think about what things I love about Fall I come up with all of the same things everyone always says like the cooler weather, the changing colors, the bonfires, the fall holidays. But you know, in trying to come up with something different to say, I was sitting here thinking about what specifically I am most looking forward to right now about THIS particular upcoming autumn and why. It isn’t really all that different but the reasons do come from a different place. Since I don’t really have any idea where my writing is gonna end up when my fingers start typing who knows what we’ll find at the end of this post. So, let’s explore the recesses of my brain and see what we end up with.
At the beginning of the summer I decided I was gonna lose weight. So I set out for the umpteenth time with the idea to start walking, changing the way I eat and by “whenever” there would be less of me to love. I’m easy going like that. I don’t really set specific goals with dates and numbers. I just kind of have a general idea of what I wanna do and meander my way in that general direction and when I get there I get there. It worked quite well for about 6 weeks. I had a good system going and was walking at least a mile a day five days a week. The middle of July we went to our annual denomination’s national convention where I got out of the habit of walking. Since then I’ve probably walked half a dozen times. My weight loss has continued but, understandably, at a much slower pace. My eating habits have stayed about the same. But I have started using the line “when the weather cools off I will start walking again”. Now the first half of the summer the heat wasn’t a factor. I always walk in the morning usually right before sunrise. So the heat of the day really isn’t a legitimate excuse for me. But somehow I have come to find it a convenient one the last half of the summer. So, this year I am looking forward to the cooler weather to see if I will actually use it to motivate me or if I will use it as some other time of pathetic excuse to keep me on the couch. Do you ever just get sick of your own excuses? Oh my word! I sure do!
The changing colors is another thing I dearly love about Fall. This year our kids are in college. And they happen to be in colleges in the hills of Eastern Tennessee. I look forward to going to visit them on their campuses for games to drive through the glorious coloring book of God’s country. We usually spend Thanksgiving over in that park of the state in a state park. But Thanksgiving is always a little too late in the year for the color change. I want to go over for a weekend in Cookeville and another weekend in Chattanooga in October at the height of the season. I could just stand in the middle of the woods at look out over the glory of God’s creation and marvel at his handiwork. What a creator! What an artist! What a mighty God we serve! He made himself known through the glory of his creation from the beginning of time!
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was create, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:19,10 (NLT)
Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather is such a relief after the stifling heat of summer. I love a crackling fire in the fireplace. We have an outdoor firepit now. So we can build a fire outside an roast marshmallows on our back patio. But one of my favorite things about fall is the glorious changing colors of the foliage. Since we live in Tennessee the beauty is just breathtaking. We used to live out in the country in the rolling hills of middle TN. It just doesn’t get any more beautiful than the country in TN in October. I wish it was October now so I could share some pictures of some of the prettiest off the beaten path hidden away places that I know. I will do that when the colors are at their height of color next month. Today’s challenge is to share pictures of what says Fall to me. Nothing says it better than those changing leaves. So I grabbed a few pictures of spots around Nashville in the Fall. Enjoy!
This week I will be participating in a blog challenge hosted by The Sits Girls website. As you’ve noticed things have been a little sporadic around here through the summer. It’s been that way for a couple of reasons. Yes we’ve been very busy, like everyone else in blogland, and done a lot of traveling. Keeping up with the blog has slid on down the list of priorities. But as I mentioned about a month ago I have also decided to change the purpose and focus of The Journey Leads Home since we have moved into the Empty Nest phase of life. So I’m still trying to feel my way through that. As any new phase of life take some getting used to, so it is with changing the focus of a blog.
At any rate, the purpose of this blog challenge is to help get the participating bloggers back into the swing of regular blogging. So each day of the upcoming week there is an assigned blogging prompt. Since we are going to be in Dallas all week I am going to write a little ahead and schedule them to post on the correct days. This is also going to help with my writing skills. Another thing I’ve discovered in taking such a long break from blogging that my writing skills have suffered as well. Ideas used to fill my mind all the time. I used to need a notebook on hand to write down ideas that would pop up because my mind was just always in writing mode. But now all I get is this ……………………………………………………………………….. If you don’t use it you DO lose it! So I am really looking forward to participating in challenges like this to exercise my mind again. I want to get back to needing a notebook for all the ideas my mind comes up with. So if you’ve noticed my writing isn’t quite what it used to be please bear with me. I’m working on it. It’s kind of like when you haven’t exercised for a long time and you’ve noticed your muscles really aren’t muscles anymore. They’re more fat now. Yeah – my brain is less muscle and more mush right now.
The prompts for the week look fun though. If you have a blog and want to participate in the challenge just follow this link to The Sits Girls site. The prompts are mostly about Fall since it’s the beginning of Fall. And who doesn’t love the change of the seasons? The cooler weather, bonfires, cozy sweaters, beautiful trees….it’s all just what we need after the 90 degree days of summer. Fall is really my favorite season and I am very much looking forward to writing and sharing about my love for it here with all of you this week. If you stop by from the challenge I hope you will leave me a comment with a link to your blog so I can come to visit you as well. That’s one thing I’ve truly missed about blogging – the community of bloggers. It’s like a sisterhood. I’ve missed my blogging sisters. I’m ready to snuggle up by a cozy fire with my fuzzy socks on and come by your blog for a visit.
This week’s theme for You Capture is OUTSIDE. This is probably one of my favorite themes because I love to take pictures outside. The problem lies in which of the 2000 pictures on my phone to post. I will try to refrain from posting them all. I must admit that I am proud to have taken all of these pictures with my cell phone! Even the one of the lighthouse.
A view of Malibu California from Pacific Coast Highway
Outside on the putting green (Michael)
Outside enjoying the flowers
Many years ago in my Mamaw's backyard with some of her many flowers
Outside at the park last Fall (Lauren)
The Nassau LIghthouse with Atlantis in the background - Nassau Bahamas
Mural on the side of a building in Nassau Bahamas
Outside in the hammock enjoying a spring day with my honey
I’m excited to go to Beth’s blog and visit the other OUTSIDE pictures linked up for You Capture.