What Is It About The Fall?

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)

Capturing Spring

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Robert Frost
The theme for You Capture over at Beth’s Blog, I Should Be Folding Laundry, is SPRING! I think spring is so much more beautiful because we’ve just drug ourselves through the cold and dreary days of winter. The pictures I’m sharing today are shots I’ve taken in the last 6 weeks. I’m looking forward to the Summer theme in a few weeks so I’ll be able to share pictures of my flowers – after I buy them of course.
This is a beautiful flower that Michael’s girlfriend’s younger sister picked for me at Michael’s soccer game last night. So sweet!
These are beautiful flowers at our resort trip to Phoenix Arizona last month. They were all so vibrant and smelled beautiful!
Reading in the hammock on a Spring afternoon. Perfection!
Faith enjoys the warm sun of spring too.
When she’s not enjoying the hammock with me. Ok – actually she was begging me to go inside.
The best part about Spring for me is a trip to the beach with a good book!
Come visit You Capture to see the other beautiful spring pictures or jump in and add your own spring blog post.

The Right Place At The Right Time

Tonight (Thursday night) while I was outside getting some pictures of the incoming storm (for Skywatch Friday) I came across a beautiful surprise that I wasn’t expecting. I held my camera up, snapped the camera and when the picture showed up on the screen this is what I saw:

What a surprise!

So, I took a couple of more deliberately of the rainbow now that I knew it was there.

The longer I stood there the deeper the colors got.

It was breathtaking

Then I sat down to enjoy the view for a bit and then this guy came to visit.

Stopping by for an evening snack...

Tonight was all about being in the right place at the right time.

Genesis 9:13 –  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Babies and Cardinals

I have been sitting outside enjoying my birthday present a lot since it has warmed up.In case you missed it, my birthday present is a table/chair set for the patio. This week I’ve started paying more attention to the birds in my yard. I’ve been seeing the same bird hanging around the caboose birdhouse my dad made me. I got pictures of him/her and posted them last week I think. I’ve been seeing a red bird hanging out for a couple of weeks. I’ve been patiently waiting for him/her to get close enough for me to get a good picture. Yesterday it did.

So vibrant!

I kind of like it because it is a Cardinal. The Cardinal is the Ohio State Bird. I am from Ohio. It’s a little bit like my childhood in my backyard.

He has a wing of a Cicada in his mouth. If you look on the leaf in the upper left corner you can see the exoskeleton of a cicada.

I’m hoping he is collecting for his nest close by. I would love to have a nest of baby cardinals in my yard. I think I would even shed a tear.

He's so beautiful!

Ahhhh and you can see more cicadas in this picture. Nasty things!!

So after I got these pictures and he flew away I went back to reading. When I looked back up again I noticed a bird sitting on the ground by this same tree. I kept looking but he wasn’t going anywhere and was a little wobbly. I tried to get a picture from where I was sitting but I couldn’t get a good shot. I started thinking it might be a baby bird. So I went closer with my camera. Here is what I saw.

Poor sweet little baby. He was just chirping up a storm.

Eyes not even opened yet!

I wanted to help him. But I know his mama and daddy were close by. I went back to where I was and watched him. He eventually figured out how to hop. He would flutter his wings but couldn’t do anything with them. I’m afraid to go out there to look this morning. We have squirrels and rabbits all over our yard. I hope he figured out how to fly or that his mama or daddy came and took him back to his nest. I didn’t see his nest or I would have tried to help him back in myself. He didn’t come out of the birdhouse though. No babies in there yet.

I’m really starting to enjoy my little feathered friends. But I’m not sure when I got so old that I enjoy birdwatching. Anyway, I thought this might be a good entry for Sundays in my City – even though it was Saturday.

Greetings From Spare-Oom

A Touch of Snow

While driving to pick up Michael’s girlfriend, Hannah, this afternoon I was just struck with the beauty of the snow on the trees. It felt like I was in Narnia. Snow is troublesome and aggravating to deal with at times. But it is just breathtaking at the same time. I kept imagining myself wandering through the wardrobe and stumbling into a forest of beautiful snow covered trees in a world different than our own. I wondered where the lamppost was and if I would meet up with Mr. Tumnus. It was just glorious all around. So, I had to stop to take this picture. Had I seen Mr. Tumnus I would have greeted him with a gentle handshake and told him I was from the land of Spare-Oom just on the other side of the wardrobe.