Posts Tagged "seasons"

Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Ribbons of sunlight and slight patches of blue push through the clouds.  Gray skies, gusting winds, freezing temperatures, and steady, blowing snow have held me hostage.  Nearly four feet of snow fell in less than 48 hours.  The calendar may still say “Autumn,” but the picture outside my window definitely says “Winter.”  The snow clings to every leafless, barren branch.  The cold bites through layers of clothes.   The sunlight and blue sky, while sparse, are comforting.  I close my eyes and whisper “Thank you, Lord, for the sun and blue sky.”   I open my eyes and...

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Last Days of Summer

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

Last Days of Summer

“You have set all the borders of the earth; You have made summer and winter.”  Psalm 74:17     The scent of basil drifts through the open window.  Fresh-clipped sprigs of it line the basket on the table on my deck.  Thyme and sage are drying in the kitchen, their scents greeting me when I walk into the room.  I love the herbal potpourri that fills my home when it’s time close up my garden for the season.  And despite the warm weather (it’s 95 degrees this afternoon!), summer in Upstate New York is coming to end.   I’ve spent the day snipping and rinsing,...

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Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Yesterday was the first day of autumn.  The leaves started their turn a few weeks ago.  The trees around the house have been dropping seedlings and tiny berries since early September.  (During the night, it sounds like hail pounding the roof!)  The nights are cool, cool enough to fire up the furnace.  The squirrels are growing their fluffy tails to keep them warm during the winter that is soon to come.  They scamper around the yard, competing with the chipmunks for the best morsels to store away in their nests.  All the signs of the change of seasons are here.    I’m never...

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Weird but Wonderful Day

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Weird but Wonderful Day

It’s been a weird day.  Snow squalls kept me trapped in the house (That isn’t the weird part.  It’s February in Upstate New York.  That’s pretty much the norm.), unable to spend the day at the church working on the bulletin, a task I enjoy on a weekly basis.  The wind has blown; the temperature has dropped; the sky has been gray and dismal.  I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m tired.  I’ve had the attention span of a two year old.  I’ve walked from window to window.  I’ve jumped from one magazine article to another.  I have accomplished almost nothing today (I...

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Starting Anew

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Starting Anew

Another holiday season is behind us, another year has closed.  Both Thanksgiving and Christmas were uneventful in our home.  Our usually large gatherings were small, everyone running in their own directions.  My birthday was just another day.  We had cake, coffee and gifts, but no going out to dinner, no special plans.  New Years Eve – I was in bed, reading, by 11:30.  I spent the first Saturday of the year cleaning my house and the first Sunday in bed battling a migraine.  I awoke this morning, the first Monday, to single digit temperatures, wind and blowing snow, the sky...

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