‘Sunday Thoughts’~ October Has Not Arrived With A Smile.

“On earth, there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” ~ Jules Renard

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this...

Good morning, dear friends.  I do hope this finds you well and under blue skies.  This morning finds my thoughts here, there, and everywhere.  As I am certain, your thoughts probably are too. I am terribly concerned for the people who have been affected by these hurricanes.  And, the situation in Ukraine continues to be beyond tragic. The lives of many in both situations are and may be forever changed.  I pray all of you are safe and that your families are also. 

With all the sadness of our current world, I thought perhaps we needed something lovely to lift our spirits.  Therefore, I hope you will enjoy the selection of photos and words I have chosen to accompany them.  I promise you, with my thoughts so scattered, they will be far better than what I could present. You might want to find a nice cup of coffee or tea.

“October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.”  ~ Sarah Guillory

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“Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful, but there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world.” ~ Donald L. Hicks

“Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron, and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under the harvest skies.” ~ Sharon Kay Penman


“ The leaves are flying high away, and the heart flies with them… ” ~ Emily Dickenson

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“It was October again. . .a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain~ amethyst, pearl, silver rose, and smoke~blue.  The dews were so heaved that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many stemmed woods to run crisply through.” ~ L.M. Montgomery 


“October sunshine bathed the park with such a melting light that it had the dimmed impressive look of a landscape by an old master.” ~ Elizabeth Enright


“October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins… Merry October!”  ~Rainbow Rowell


 The trees go all red and blazing orange and gold, and wood fires burn at night so everything smells of crisp branches.  The world rolls about delightedly in a heap of cider and candy apples and pumpkins and cold stars rush by through the wispy, ragged clouds. . .” ~ Catherynne M. Valente 


Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Know I wish you and yours a beautiful day.

And. . .

May the ‘Hope of a New Day’ bring us joy and peace.





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16 thoughts on “‘Sunday Thoughts’~ October Has Not Arrived With A Smile.

  1. Dear Sandra,
    Thank you for this collection of beautiful October images, and words to accompany them. Yes, the world is full of anguish and sadness these days, and I often wonder how it will all turn out. I can only pray, and do my little part, and then carry on with life.

  2. Happy October, Sandra. We are still beneath the cloud of Ian’s remnants here in Charleston, but nothing compared to those in FL and SC particularly. Ours was just enough to tuck my garden in after a week of toiling. I am ready to enjoy October’s beauty. I hope you are too. Thank you for the selections today.

    1. Hi Rita, All we received from Ian was a few showers a couple of days. My heart aches for the folks in Florida and SC. My old home was beat up pretty badly with flooding and wind I do not miss sitting though such dreadful storms.

  3. It must take you a long while to find such inspiring (and perfectly conceived) quotes and the gorgeous photos to match them, Sandra. But you have no idea (or maybe you do) what a lift seeing this gorgeous beauty can do for starting a woman’s Sunday — especially in these challenging times. Thank you for this and have a beautiful week.

    1. Hello, Jeanie. It does take me a while to put everything together – but I try to start early. Some weeks I do better than others. I am pleased you liked the blog. Have a lovely week and I hope you are seeing golden leaves.

  4. Beautiful images and words! They do lift my spirits. I pray for those affected by Ian in Florida and for the situation in Ukraine. Good people are working in all these situations, and our prayers do matter.
    Have a lovely week, Sandra! Thanks for your beautiful post.

    1. Good morning, Bonnie. Thank you for your kind words. I am afraid we will be seeing images from Fla. for a long time. I pray for their shelter and necessary needs to be met. I hope you and yours have enjoyed a lovely week!

  5. Good morning, Sandra! These are such beautiful photographs and quotes to welcome October. I always love this month and feel that it never lasts long enough. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are suffering. Take care, dear friend!

    1. Good morning, Shannon. I agree with you October doesn’t seem to last long enough. It seems to usher in the holidays and often I want more October than holidays. I am afraid we will see sad stories from all those who dealt with the horrific storm for quite a while. I can’t even imagine that kind of clean-up. Hope you had a lovely week!

  6. Such a lovely post, Sandra, and especially comforting as we think about the travails and horrifying circumstances of so many dear people around the globe. Thank you for giving us a bit of respite, as we pause to regroup. Many good wishes to you for a more hopeful week ahead. Heart hugs, Brenda xo

    1. Good morning, Brenda. Thank you for your kind words. They are always so encouraging to me. My prayers are with all those who are dealing with such circumstances. I wish I could open my eyes and all would be better for them. Hope you and yours had a lovely week. Enjoy the falling leaves!

  7. Beautiful words and pictures do help so much and I’ve enjoyed these. It has been heartbreaking to watch the news of Ian’s destruction. I have two sisters and their families in Orlando and our daughter in West Palm Beach area. They only had yard damage to be expected but one sister’s beautiful store was flooded. Still, they are all okay unlike so many who’ve lost so much. The Ukraine, It’s hardly fathomable what is happening there to those courageous people.

    1. Dear Dewena. I am thankful your Florida families are safe and did not have dreadful destruction. I pray for our world and for all of us to enjoy better days. Until then, I read and try to focus on the beauty of our world. Hope you and yours had a lovely autumn week.

  8. Sandra, you have chosen lovely quotes and beautiful images for us to enjoy on the first Sunday of October. The hurricane pictures are heartbreaking. My prayers are for everyone impacted and for those suffering in Ukraine. Creation reminds us there is beauty to enjoy! Wishing you a lovely autumn week!

    1. Hello, dear Pam. Thank you for your kind words. I feel we will be seeing dreadful photos from Florida and SC for some time to come. Hope you have had a lovely week and wishing you a golden week to come.

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