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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gold Blanket


GOLD BLANKET

Yesterday's surprise snow storm
covered the ground like a white blanket.
This morning under the maple tree's crown
spread out all around is a gold blanket
for the snow-weighted leaves leaf-by-leaf drifted down
as if quilting a gold blanket on the ground.

One-by-one the gold leaves float
like stitch-by-stitch quilters poke
a quilt to one day comfort someone
after many day's work is done,
piecing together the seams
ensuring corners are reamed.

An autumn breeze might rearrange
like a quilter who rips out seams
but in the end the quilt will please
as the leaves are teased by the breeze.
This breeze also makes the quilt of leaves fluffier,
almost as soft as a downy comforter.

Soon the maple tree will be bare.
The grass covered with angled squares.
The tree's limbs stretching upward toward the dark sky
where the full moon will play peek-a-boo by and by.
Quilts also are known to play peek-a-boo
as they shelter one from the winter blues.

On a perfect autumn day
this gold blanket will be stowed away
when leaf rakes are busily employed
raking a pile to be enjoyed
for someone to jump in
this pile of bedding.

Then it's time for the quilter's quilt to be enjoyed
perhaps with a bowl of popcorn to enjoy.
Piece-by-piece one feeds him/herself
as piece-by-piece the quilt was stitched
with a bit of love in every stitch
as the quilter quilted this gift.

* * * * *

Rather an afghan, a quilt, or a comforter,
we know these coverings provide comfort.
We also know that kind words provide needed comfort.
It costs nothing to be an encourager, to relieve someone's hurt.

Everyone is facing battles unimaginable.
You can encourage them even if you don't know their troubles.
Make it your habit to find something positive in everyone you meet.
Compliment them on their attire or simply smile when you greet.

Perhaps send a note in the mail "just because"
to someone needing encouragement - it does.
A basket of fresh garden vegetables shared
will show someone you know that you care.

Be there as a comforter
or an encourager
through life's many ups and downs.
Turn someone's frown upside down.

Above all, go to God for comfort
when life has caused you troubles and hurt.
If there is a purpose in our troubles,
II Cor 1:3-5 contains the solution for God is able.

You have given me comfort and have spoken kindly...
Ruth 2:13

...a kind word cheers him up.
Proverbs 12:25b

...how good is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23b

Their father...mourned for them many days,
and his relatives came to comfort him.
I Chronicles 7:22

...heard about all the troubles that had come upon him,
they set out from their homes and met together by agreement
to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.
Job 2:11b

As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you.
Isaiah 66:13a

Praise be to the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion
and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
II Corinthians 1:3-5

...live in harmony with one another;
be sympathetic, love as brothers,
be compassionate and humble...
be a blessing, because to this you were called.
I Peter 3:8-9

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Weathering the Seasons

This is how my day began:  rosy sunrise!

Remnants of summer:  roses in bloom! (Today's photo.)

As snow in the forecast - tonight, soup on the agenda today:


Cream of chicken with mushrooms and rice.  Vegetable gravy used for thickening:  pureed summer squash, onions, sage, garlic thickened with cornstarch dissolved in evaporated milk.

Trees still wearing their autumnal ball gowns:


Mid morning, snow showers began.  Non stop since.  Leaves are falling faster than snow flakes.  Yesterday leaves were raked and dispersed on vegetable garden.

Yesterday the grass was covered in a gold blanket.  Now exchanged for a white blanket.


Under the treasures of the snow, beauty is still found:

God says to the snows, 'Fall on the earth,'...
so that all men may know his work...
The animals take cover; they remain in their dens.
Stop and consider God's WONDERS.
Job 37:6-8,14

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Raking


Raking

Raked yesterday.
Rain late today
makes for more raking another day.
Actually for several more days
for more leafs fall everyday
to be raked one sunny day.

Last night there was a freeze.
Plop, plop, plop, plop, plop more leaves
join the pile of fallen leaves
of golds, rusts, and browns which please.
Listen: the skyward honking V's
of south-going geese tends to please.

Something we can count on
every spring and autumn
are the geese honking - heard overhead, then gone
as they wing their way to greener pastures - so long.
Talking about colors, do notice the sky is the bluest blue
this time of the year (orange opposite blue on the color wheel), it's true.

It feels good to stretch when raking these fallen leaves
though the pile is disturbed if there's a breeze.
This afternoon's breeze
is just a tease
as one rolls up their sleeves.
A-choo!!! is often sneezed.

Before you know it the afternoon is over
for daylight savings time on the calendar
makes nighttime come earlier
and fortunately bedtime earlier
for many gardeners go to bed earlier
as they can't wait to get up earlier.

Not just because raking waits
but because it seemingly takes
much longer to do less when awake -
every gardener seems to contemplate.
So early they rise every morning so they're not late
for much work awaits for them beyond the garden gate.

* * * * *

After much raking
comes Thanksgiving -
a time to recount our blessings
with thankful hearts we're celebrating.

A time to give thanks to the Lord,
for Whom without we cannot afford,
for His faithfulness to us each day.
"Thank you, Lord," we should often pray.

For God's unconditional love to us
despite our lack of faith and waning trust
for His love never, ever wavers.
That's why He sent us a Savior.

For His grace that enables
when it seems we're unable
to remain strong
in the face of wrong.

For God's comfort in trials,
troubles and physical ails
while learning that God can use our troubles
to encourage someone that God is able.

For His forgiveness
when we confess
we've chosen wrong
and made the wrong turn.

For God's patience with us time after time
for God knows we often have fearful minds
yet waits for us to come to the end of our self
then finally call on Him for needed help.

For His continual mercy though undeserved,
knowing there's nothing we can do to deserve
which teaches us to be merciful to others
as God reminds us to “bear with one another.”

For God's compassion
new every morning
ensuring us we are loved
and teaching us how to love.

For these and so many more,
Dear Lord, we are thankful for
our abundant blessings
new every morning.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

Because of his great love for us,
God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ
even when we were dead in transgressions -
it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4

My grace is sufficient for you.
II Corinthians 12:9

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves have received from God.
II Corinthians 1:3-4

You are a forgiving God,
gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love.
Nehemiah 9:17

He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.
II Peter 3:9

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin...
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
Micah 7:19

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Garden Stroll - Nov 2, 2018

Fall is falling...

Red and yellow, gold and brown,
leaves are falling down, down, down:
 East lawn:

West lawn:

A rare blue sky day this season:



Never realized how red the season is,
though for a short time as leaves are falling, falling, falling -
not one by one, but like a flurry of snowflakes.

Barberry:

Neighbor's Maple:

Smoke Bush:

Moses' Burning Bush:

Dogwood Leaf:

Oakleaf Hydrangea:
TY Sadie

Japanese Maple:
TY Lesley

Plus red roses this November 2:



Honey Bees in this mum.
Did I mention today's date - Nov. 2.

Another garden guest.
(Taken through window screen.)
He was taking a bath.
Missed those shots, though.


Sunflower heads are empty:

But there are plenty of berries for his breakfast, lunch, dinner -

Crabapples:

Barberry:

Moses' Burning Bush:

Such a delight to find blooms in November:

A time of reflection:
The beginning of the week this rose still showcased summer's dream -
lush, green, non-stop blooming with bright pink buds, despite being October.
Today it appears to be in the autumn of its cycle.
Still beautiful, though the flush of its youth is gone.
Its ending makes way for a new beginning, preparing for 2019.


This magnolia holds the promise of tomorrow:  Spring!

Plumes in the ornamental grass garden:





Changing into their party dress.
Will soon be wearing their birthday suit.



End of day:  God's glory touching earth!

Thankful for the nice weather to prepare the yard for winter.
Compost bin is already more than shoulder high.
According to forecast rains return tomorrow.
Leaves will be raining down as well.  Raking awaits.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven.
...a time to plant and a time to uproot...
Ecclesiastes 3:1



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Autumn Rain


Autumn Rain

When autumn rains rain
you'll see colored leaves rain,
tumbling down
where on the ground
they silently lay
until the sun's rays
return again
one morning.

When autumn rains rain
the tree's canopy strains.
Branches and limbs
from up high within
an old tree covered with lichen,
from plain sight remaining hidden,
may tumble down
dead and brown.

When autumn rains rain
eave troughs now drain
into rain barrels
that recycle
rain water
for gardeners
who are wise
gals and guys.

When autumn rains rain
the weathered weather vane
turns around and round
as quite often wind rebounds
from the sky
way up high
and cannot be contained
or at all restrained.

When autumn rains rain
time and time again
a breeze may come through
then these fallen leaves blew.
A whirlwind seen
leaving grass green.
There's no need for raking,
a yearly undertaking.

When autumn rains rain
it waters the fields and grains.
The grass turns a vivid green,
a beautiful refreshing scene
for rain enriches the earth –
it's hills, valleys, and turf -
and is a blessing from God
who created the sod.

When autumn rains rain
some gardeners have more pain
for the barometric pressure
causes aches and pains, that's for sure,
as muscles become tight
but when the sunlight
returns, it's heard tell
by many, "all is well."

When autumn rains rain
there is a muffling refrain.
When the sun does return
colored autumn leaves, we learn,
turn brown and crisp
heard when we scuff
walking through
then - a-chooo!

When autumn rains rain
trees undress again
shedding their leaves.
This sight doesn't please
for autumn is over
ushering in winter
when rains turn to snow and ice,
sometimes not at all nice.

* * * * *
When autumn rains rain
in valleys and on mountains,
it's a sign of God's blessing
because God is loving.

Have you counted your blessings recently?
I know you, as well as I, have plenty.
Our blessings are a reminder that God loves us
and faithfully provides and protects us.

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today -
to love the Lord your God and to serve him
with all your heart and with all your soul -
then I will send rain on your land in its season,
both autumn and spring rains...
Deuteronomy 11:13-14

...the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.
Jeremiah 5:24

Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
Joel 2:23

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming.
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop
and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.
James 5:7


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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Fall Snow


FALL SNOW

There's fluffy, white snow in the air
collecting on the grass like white hair
though does not disappear
when the sun appears.

Its nearly 55 degrees
this afternoon and there's a breeze.
This snow sticks around
covering the ground.

It's silky to the touch,
this little white puff,
which blows in the wind
in every direction.

Hundreds spread like new fallen snow
imitating snowflakes, oh no;
but not the frozen kind
that falls in the wintertime.

This snow always comes in October
and is even seen in November.
It's en-capsuled in a pod
before it lands on the sod.

When the pod matures
new life will endure
for a seed will disperse
to grow in the earth.

What is this crazy snow
that in October blows
but never melts
wherever dwelt?

It's the color of milk
over the ground spilt
that grows from a seed,
also known as a weed.

Its name is hidden above
if it's puzzles you love.
It's a weed that has milk in its name.
It hosts monarch butterflies as its fame.

In the summer it has a pretty scent.
Soon after the pretty flowers are spent
it develops into a pod.
I take it you know, as you nod.

This silky snowflake is a milkweed seed
that imitates real falling snow, indeed.
Isn't nature fun!
Let's go play in the sun.

* * * * *

What did you do just for fun today?
Be sure to do something fun everyday.
Do something that will bring a smile.
Being kind to someone brings a smile.

Keep an attitude of wonder
despite troubles you ponder.
Be sure to smile often.
It will release tension.

See humor wherever you go.
Maybe in pretend milkweed snow.
Don't squelch child-like enthusiasm.
Keep an attitude of optimism.

A change of attitude
will always change your mood
so look on the sunny side
and in faith daily abide.

Our mouths are filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy...
The Lord has done great thins for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:2a-3

...God had given them great joy...
Nehemiah 12:43

...it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.
Esther 8:16

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
Proverbs 15:30


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