Monday, October 2, 2023


Of all the months, October displays the most brilliant colors. In my humble opinion it is the best time of the year.  Beauty is found everywhere.  Knowing it is brief even makes it more special.

It makes me want to stop, savor and give thanks for these days.  

The hillsides are donning their colorful garments as they prepare for the crescendo of the grand finale.  By how quickly the leaves are changing am thinking the peak will be here sooner than later this year.  Perhaps because we have been so dry these past few months it is adding to the quickening of the color changes.  We have not had a killing frost.  Today we were in the 80's with a few pesky mosquitoes still around.  So in spite of the warm weather fall colors are here.

Well friends hoping your October is off to a great start.

Thank you for stopping by to say hi!



"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, his greatness no one can fathom."  Psalm 145:3 (NIV)

Monday, September 25, 2023

End may be Better

 At Harmony Hills the end of September is proving to be better than the beginning.  The first week of the month we were in the 90's and quite humid.  As we come to the final days the temperatures are much cooler and more pleasant.

 Already the hills are displaying the changing colors.

In spots there is brilliant crimson foliage giving us a promise of more beauty to come.

 Chokecherry is growing wild making the fence row lovely.

Not to be outdone the leaves of the blackberry bush have turned a lovely peach color.  They grow near by.

Yes I believe the end of September is better than when it began.

Hope your end of the month is great.

Have a lovely week.



"The end of a matter is better than its beginning..."  Eccl. 7:8

Monday, September 18, 2023

Not Official

 It may not be official until Sept.23rd but autumn is showing us it is here.  Already the mornings and evenings have a chill.

Acorns and leaves crunch underfoot...

summer's flowers are waning...

giving way to fall's chrysanthemums.

Time doesn't stand still and neither do the seasons.

Time to say goodnight summer.  You will be missed.  Thank you for leaving us with memories to carry us through until you return next year!

Hope everyone has a lovely week.  



"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."  Ecc:3:1 (NIV)

Monday, September 11, 2023

Savoring & Reflecting

 I am savoring the last few days of summer as well as reflecting on the past few months.  It seems like we were just turning the calendar to June and now it is September.

The hummers are still here but soon they will fly away to their winter home.


Enjoying the wonderful crop of tomatoes that continue to ripen.  Putting some away for the coming months.  It is wonderful to open a jar  and be reminded of sun-kissed days when cold blustery ones visit.

 As the days grow shorter will be spending more evenings reading.    It is wonderful to cozy up with something hot to drink and have a good book nearby.

May each of you find some time to savor and reflect the passing of this season.

Also hope you will join me in looking up and reflecting on all those who lost their lives or loved ones 22 years ago.  

God Bless


"May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord."  Psalm 104:34 (NIV)

Monday, September 4, 2023

Blue Moon

 Last week I was able to capture the Super Blue Moon on film.

The photo does not do it justice.  Such a beautiful sight.

A Blue moon generally comes about every two to three years. The last one we seen was August 22, 2021.  However it is a very rare thing to experience a Super Blue Moon. 

Headlines all over the world portrayed this special happening.   The next one will not come until 2037...  fourteen years away.

Don't you wonder what life will be like then!!

Well only time will tell.  Hope all of you are having a lovely day. 

Here in the U.S. we are celebrating Labor Day.  The last big holiday of summer.  May everyone who is enjoying this celebration have a great one!



"The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down."  Psalm 104:19 (NIV)

Monday, August 28, 2023

Long Ago

 I did this pen and ink drawing long ago.  The house reminds me of my grandparent's  home.  It was my favorite place to visit.   

They had a porch swing and a trellis that morning glories climbed.  There were old apple trees and lilacs growing nearby.  In the summer the windows would be open and the fragrance would permeate the rooms.  

A railroad track ran behind the property.  Early in the morning the whistle would wake me.  Sixty- six years later when I hear the sound of a train I am transported back to that sweet time.  

When I was about four or five the state came to tell my grandparents they would have to move because a major highway was going to be built and run through their land.  It was a sad time for my grandma because this had been where she grew up.

I remember my last time there, walking through the rooms slowly, climbing the steps to the upstairs where I slept when I stayed overnight (which was often) and feeling angry that this lovely house was being torn down.   

Fortunately Grandma and Grandpa found a very nice place to move and there were several acres where my brother and I could play.  We had many years and memories of that home as well.  Yet it always lacked something.  It was never like their first one.  When I need to escape in a nostalgic moment this is where I often go.  The memories warm my heart and once again this safe haven embraces me.

Thanks for letting me share this long ago home with you.  Bet some of you have a similar childhood place too.  Would love to hear  about it.  Have a lovely week.



"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest."  Isaiah:32:18 (NIV)            

Monday, August 21, 2023


 This past weekend was so delightful.  The temperatures were in the 70's with the absence of humidity.

Soft summer breezes had the feel of autumn.

Goldenrod has started to dot the meadow with color.

It often grows with purple Iron Weed.  They make a lovely complimentary couple.

Magic Lilies always surprise me.  There are some years when they do not bloom and I even forget them.  Then out of nowhere they appear.  I planted them so very long ago.  They came from my dear grandma's garden.   Perhaps it is her way of stopping to visit me.  What a delight!

     Speaking of delight...these cosmos decided to make a show.   What a pretty color of red.

Well these are just a few things that made the weekend delightful.

Hope you will share what brought you some delight.



"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."  Psalm 37:4 (NIV)


Of all the months, October displays the most brilliant colors. In my humble opinion it is the best time of the year.  Beauty is found everyw...