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Sunday's Blessings

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Sharing a few Sunday's blessings with you. A wildflower bouquet... an inquisitive companion... gorgeous skies... and a couple of season's last bits of sunshine. Watercolor Sketch  Hope you are enjoying some of Sunday's blessings too.    Have a great evening.

Changes

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I am starting to see changes. Where once Queen Ann Lace and milkweed decorated the meadows - goldenrod and wild asters have shoved them aside.      The purple choke cherry is hanging on but it knows it is almost time to go. The color of russet is beginning to replace some of the green.     You can see it here -  and there. It is gradual these changes.   Like a slow waltz the season starts.   The tempo will pick up once a hard frost comes. The hillsides will quickly add vibrant hues to their wardrobe.   They will let you know that autumn has fully arrived.  In the meantime I will walk the fields and enjoy the subtle changes.  There is still a moment to stop and enjoy the buzzing of the bumble bee... listen to the song of  the finches as they gather to dine on the remaining  sunflower heads... and  of course to "look up"! Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the changes here at Harmony Hills. Until next time - God

Today was

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the last official day of summer.   Beautiful skies and warm temperatures made it a memorable one. As you can see the fields are still so green. (Both of these photos are compliments of hubby.) In fact the entire weekend here has been gorgeous.    The perfect weather to tackle out door projects. This mailbox  had been rescued from the trash several months ago.   A genuine Sears and Roebuck mail receptacle just waiting for a face lift.    My better half sprayed it black and colored the flag red.  I then painted some imaginary flowers. A porcelain bird placed in a found nest by "my dear one" finished this creative endeavor. A wonderful ending to summer's passage. Hope all of you enjoyed it as well.   Have a great week.                                                                                 P.S.  I just found out my email was hacked yesterday.   Think the problem has been resolved but don't open anything strange that may h

Since the days have grown shorter...

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 the evenings find me doing a bit more baking. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing is a wonderful fall dessert.  If you enjoy the taste of pumpkin these are just fabulous.   Very moist and flavorful. If you would like the recipe you can find it  here . I used almonds on top instead of pecans.  They were just what I had on hand. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing Another comforting dish is the classic green beans with ham.   I like to put them in the crock pot over night and let them simmer on low.   Makes a great lunch the next day with some sliced tomatoes on the side. Such an easy meal!   Means too the cook gets a break and can go play in the studio for a bit. This is what I am doing since the days have grown shorter.  What about you? To all my blogging buddies whose days have grown longer (other side of the world) would love to hear what you are doing too! Take care and God Bless.

Blog Hop Around the World

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When  Barbara  Lilian invited me to participate in the Blog Hop Around the World I was honored.   Barbara grows spectacular flowers in France as well as paints them.   Her posts always include beautiful photos.   She and I share a love for growing things as well as capturing them on a page.   In spite of health issues this past year she still has managed to share her lovely garden and art with her followers.  It is such a privilege to visit Barbara in her part of the world.   Hope you will stop by to say hello.   I am sure you will receive a warm welcome.    I always do. Now let me introduce you to four other wonderful ladies. Anne  in Missouri is an artist in every way.   Her blog is filled to the brim with a wide array of creations.   One of her special talents is painting and decorating fairy houses.  They are certainly candy for the eyes.  Anne's artistry can be seen in each and everyone of her posts.   If you have never visited her please do.   You will certainly want to

A Mid Week Meditation

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"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures,                                                                                                                                     He leads me beside quiet waters,  He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. .. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."  Psalm 23:1-3, 6 May God Bless You!  Have a lovely evening.

A Visit

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Yesterday someone paid me a visit.                                                                                                               I served him up some of these vittles. He just might become a frequent visitor. Hope you  will too. Have a Blessed Sunday!    

Spending time

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  As the garden winds down I find myself spending time there.   So many wonderful subjects remain.  They need enjoyed before they are gone.       This solitary Hollyhock inspired the sketch above.  Are not those pink petals so feminine? The Blue Morning Glories when open have such a great pose.   They may be a bit invasive but what a delight to draw. From this spot I can savor the last blooms...watch the hummingbirds prepare for their trip south... and hear the garden's final call.   Glad you stopped to visit.   I so love spending time with you in the garden.   Have a blessed day!