“Autumn lights one more fire in the maples.” ~ Julia Alvarez
Good Sunday morning, dear friends. I do hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of this glorious month. The cooler days, crisper air, and not to mention the beauty, are such glorious gifts. Yes, glorious gifts, especially during chaotic times such as we once again witnessed this past week. Truly, it is as Joseph Campbell says, “Awe is what moves us forward.”
That said, please know I thank you, more than you can imagine, for your visit. And, I do hope you will find a few things today that will give you an “Awe” moment.
“My favorite color is October.” ~ Author unknown
“Ah! the spring days, the summer dawns, and October woods!” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“October had tremendous possibility… the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.” ~ Sarah Guillory
This beautiful Ginkgo tree, with its branches hanging over the water, is my favorite specie of tree. Not only because it is a gorgeous tree, especially in autumn, but because it is a hardy tree with quite a story. “The tree is native to China and has been grown for thousands of years. Because it’s the only surviving member of an ancient order of plants, it’s sometimes referred to as a living fossil and is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years.” Truly, an extraordinary tree, with a survival history that is a ‘miracle.’
“A tangerine and russet cascade of kaleidoscopic leaves, creates a tapestry of autumn magic…” ~ Judith A. Lindberg
Early walks abound with sweet surprises. It is a treat to spot a red squirrel busy preparing for winter days. In West Virginia, they are usually found only in our heavily forested areas. However, gray squirrels are found in towns and the countryside, usually robbing bird feeders.
And to come upon deer, who wish I would have taken a different route. Their look says, “You are not welcome.” So, I promise them I won’t stay long.
“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
And returning home I find an anonymous gift (the best kind) from a sweet soul, a basket of apples to be enjoyed. A lovely unexpected blessing.
” Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Dear friends, I pray October will be good for all of us. It is such a magnificent month, full of marvelous weather and a feast of beauty at every turn. So, please be sure to “take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.
May October bring you many sweet surprises. Stay well!