What a beautiful autumn 2014 has shown us. The trees boasted an array of colors this year and we had the best time driving through the Olympic mountains and just taking in some truly breath-taking scenes over open fields and lakes, and of course the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean beaches.
Here on my own homestead the maples were as gorgeous as ever and the reds, oranges, and yellows seemed to be even deeper and brighter than I remember them being last year.
Now, the rains and winds, and even the freezing cold temperatures have settled in and the last of the maple leaves have fallen to the ground. No more dancing around in the swirling breezes. They are wet and stuck to everything.
The other morning our dog’s water dish was frozen with beautiful red maple leaves brilliantly embedded within as if an ice sculptor had come during the night and left us with a masterpiece. Cooper our Australian Shepherd was wondering what to do about the situation…
I love this time of year when the cold sends me inside with candles aglow and fuzzy warm socks on my feet, heavy sweaters, the fire burning, nice warm Chamomile tea or sometimes even a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows. This is when my artistic mind really kicks in and I start decorating for Thanksgiving, preparing to make my Christmas cards to celebrate Christ’s birth, and thinking about starting Advent with “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader”. It’s the time we spend celebrating the King of king’s birth and looking forward to Him coming again, all at the same time. Wonderful!
I hope this time of year has wonderful memories of family and friends and fragrant smells of candles and dinners for you. May Jesus bless you richly with His love and presence.
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Happy November 2014!