September 8, 2021
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Soon it will be autumn. The trees will begin their annual hibernation with a burst of color. Favorite sweaters will be retrived from their summer hideouts. We also will feast on the results of a bountiful harvest. I am glad I live in a part of the world where the changing seasons offer so much enjoyment.
I hope this fall will provide you as much warmth and enjoyment as it will for me. Need help? Here are excerpts form an article posted on the Live a Sunshine Life blog.
TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF AUTUMN
NATURE WALKS: – Hikes are one of my favorite ways to take in all that is Autumn. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the colors of the season, enjoy the breeze, the crunch of the leaves under your feet.
GRATITUDE: – When I think of the fall season my mind immediately gravitates toward gratitude. Gratitude for my family, the things I have, even the seasonal harvest of our area.
HOLIDAYS: – It doesn’t matter what religion you are or if you are a secular family, there is a holiday for you during the fall season.
FOOD: – Take some time and savor the flavors of the season.
BLANKETS: – Snuggling up all warm and cozy on the couch watching movies is one of the sure signs the season is changing. Top it all off with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and you’ve got just one more of the awesome perks of the season.
FALL ACTIVITIES: – What’s your favorite fall activity? We’re all about the pumpkin patch and apple orchards! I’ve already mentioned nature walks, but don’t forget corn mazes, hay rack rides, bonfires, and making caramel apples.
VOLUNTEER: – Remember, you can donate your time if you don’t have the money if you’re looking for another way to give back to your community.
SENSES: – Explore the fall season with all of your senses. I’ve mentioned the flavors and some of the sights, but don’t forget the sounds, the textures, and even the smells of the season. There’s a lot going on and it’s a wonderful thing. Take some time to just be in the moment and truly appreciate the season and everything it has to offer.
PARTY: – Parties. Halloween parties, Thanksgiving parties, football parties, even birthday parties. You can celebrate so many things with a party. All you need is food, friends and fun. Nothing makes the fall season better than enjoying it with the people you love to be around the most.
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” Sarah Addison Allen,~
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”
After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.”
“Well, thank you,” the pastor replied, “but why?”
“Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”
“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”
The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something. The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited. The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, “Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?”
The clerk simply smiled and replied, “Possibly, ma’am, because we’re too polite.”
“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies.”
While teaching children about world religions, a teacher asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and share the symbol with the class.
The 1st child said, “I’m Muslim, and this is my prayer rug.”
The 2nd child said, “I’m Jewish, and this is my family’s menorah.”
The 3rd child said, “I’m Roman Catholic, and this is my Mom’s rosary.”
The 4th child said, “I’m Greek Orthodox, and this is an icon of my patron saint.”
The 5th child said, “I’m Southern Baptist, and this is my casserole dish.”
TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.
My daughter-in-law, pregnant with her second child, was certain she wanted an epidural for pain management during childbirth. Her doctor asked her at which stage of labor she wanted the epidural administered.
Her response: “Just meet me in the parking lot!”
I know so little that it astonishes me how many people know even less.
My phone bill was past due and I needed to change my service, so I had to visit the local office. The line wasn’t clearly formed, and there was an old man with a cane nearby me. It was unclear as to who was next.
When we got to the front of the line, the man gestured to me and said, “After you.”
I smiled at him and said, “No, please, after you. I have all day.”
The he said, “No. You go ahead. My doctor says I have at least six months.”
“Autumn would come to this place of welcome, this place I would know to be home. Autumn would come and the air would grow cool, dry and magic, as it does that time of the year.”
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