As October draws to a close and we are celebrating the full Hunter’s moon I am reminded of a Harvesr Party we went to a few weeks ago when I came across this autumn poem please enjoy!
Sweet Smiles All Around!!
Granddaughter at Harvest Party two weeks ago!
We were the creators of the two headed scarecrow! We won the contest!
Baby girl just got plain wore out! She has some nice pumpkin friends guarding her!
Let autumn’s feet be slow to leave
As winter white comes much too soon.
Let colors fill the eyes with warmth,
Enjoy the glow of harvest moon.
The trees in all their splendor stand
Till autumn winds coax leaves to dance.
As colors swirl my heart delights.
With every fall I share romance.
I love the crispness of the air,
The crunch of leaves beneath my feet
In scarlet, gold and pumpkin hues;
Welcome relief from summer’s heat.
The rain comes tapping at my pane
With crystal diamond drops that share
The beauty of this season’s soul,
A beauty that’s beyond compare.
Connie Marcum Wong
The love for equals is a human thing–
of friend for friend, brother for brother.
It is to love what is loving and lovely.
The world smiles.
The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing–
the love for those who suffer,
for those who are poor,
the sick, the failures, the unlovely.
This is compassion,
and it touches the heart of the world.
The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing–
to love those who succeed where we fail,
to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice,
the love of the poor for the rich,
of the black man for the white man.
The world is always bewildered by its saints.
And then there is the love for the enemy–
love for the one who does not love you
but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain.
The tortured’s love for the torturer.
This is God’s love.
It conquers the world.
I just read this at the following blog: https://briarcroft.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/how-to-conquer-the-world/ It touched me deeply so I am sharing it. I hope you feel something as well!
Golden Leaves Close and Far
We gathered together for our annual pine cone waxing party, my Carol and I! Started out brisk with a fog and low temps, but the laughter and hustle, and the sunshine soon warmed us up inside and out! It gets easier each year and we are old pros by now but we thoroughly enjoy this time together commemorating the coming of winter. Here are some pics of the event.
Colorful Collection of Candles
Beauties – The Cones!
I also took some great pics while driving to work the other day! The beauty that surrounds us is breathtaking at times. See what you think!!
Low Flying Clouds
Happy Harvest Parties! Remember the time change is just around the corner!
There are times in everyone’s life when you have to “tighten the belt”, “batten down the hatches”, a time to be “pulled up by the bootstraps” so to speak. We have found ourselves in that place once again. It is truly is a great opportunity to trust God to provide, and He who is faithful will always supply our needs.
He is not responsible to supply our every desire…
We received some junk mail the other day. It was a “fabulous offer”! They urged us: “Don’t miss out!” I found myself actually reading through the pieces of paper and salivating. With this delicious Harrington’s of Vermont ham you also get a 6 oz pkg of bacon, a 1/2 pound of sharp cheddar cheese, and a carving knife! Why – how can I resist? (Let me just stop here, I also admit to looking through the Harry and David magazine and the Pepperidge Farm catalogs, turning each page and wondering if the goods are as yummy as they look.)
I really did NOT want to order a ham and I don’t feel bad, not for one minute, that I won’t ever taste that ham with “no water added, no artificial colorings, just pure delicious ham with the pure flavor only corn cob and maple smoking can give you.” (Besides, our local grocery store gives out “Ham Bucks” around Easter time – one with every $5 you spend and it is worth 20 cents applied to a ham you purchase from their store. What a deal!)
My whole point here is that I set that aside, in the circular file, and was proud of my ability to deny myself – then I had to chuckle. I realized that even at the height of our careers, when we were rolling in the dough… spending money like water… as if we had a money tree in our back yard… I would have looked through this “fabulous” offer and put it in the same file. So… I am not denying myself anything – I am using my God-given common sense.
I am grateful that the beauty of the season all around us is free of charge and yet fills me with such a feeling of wealth beyond measure. I may not be able to offer you fabulous ham but baloney, shared with a true friend, is just as delicious! Right?
Low Sun in the Aspens
Yellow Aspen Leaves
Oh boy, oh boy! I just got a Hickory Farms and a Collins Street (fruitcakes) catalog in the mail! I guess I’ll start my Christmas shopping early. Raise your hand if you want a fruitcake!
Sunday Afternoon – made for being lazy!
Youngest grandchild, at the time, celebrated her 2nd birthday on Tuesday the 22nd of September. The day before her birthday we practiced the art of candle blowing so that on the day of her birthday, with the wonderful cake that her mama made her – chocolate with raspberry cream cheese frosting – Chooch was a pro at blowing out her candles.
Chooch – Two Years Old
We went to Florence, Montana last weekend and got to spend time with our youngest and his family. Football with oldest grandson, baking with the younger two, yard work, some shop clean-up, great food, home grown tomatoes. A most wonderful time.
This weekend we invited wonderful friends for dinner on Thursday evening followed by wood splitting/stacking party on Saturday! Thank you to Hublet’s brother and his two great kids who came and helped!
Before Wood Party!
After Wood Party
After cleaning up and piling in the car we drove to Boise to meet our newest grandchild and got to watch him get his first bath!
Baby boy calmed down and seemed to enjoy getting his head washed. He opened his eyes and looked around.
Chooch holding newest grandchild. She loved holding her cousin.
On a different note, I came across this mushroom yesterday morning. At times I wish so bad that I could figure out if a mushroom is poisonous or not. Now that I am grown up and like mushrooms it just seems like a handy knowledge to acquire. What do you think?
Is It Edible?
Life is full of such great moments, interspersed with some really hard ones, with some just plain smooth sailing in between. It’s been a great time here in Cascade Country!