Welcome, Fall

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. ~F Scott Fitzgerald

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Fall is the nesting season.

Pumpkins beckon us from roadside stands to celebrate.

A pot of soup slowly, simmers on the stove, the smell warming us with anticipation of the goodness that lies ahead.

Book lists are at the ready enticing us with words that will settle into our souls as we find comfort for the long nights ahead.

The first bashful leaves drift to the ground playing hide and seek with the squirrels who are scampering to fill their pantry for winter.

Striking blue skies make promise of colorful days ahead when the trees will glow like warm honey, then blaze into fire red before they settle around us like a warm brown blanket.

Cheers for touchdowns waft on the cool night air speaking of a camaraderie that is strong and true.

Flannel and Wool trickle back into our wardrobes begging us to coordinate cozy layers that will carry us into Winter.

Hot chocolate and Apple Cider are once again inked to our grocery lists so we’ll have warm companionship for the chilly evenings.

Lights flicker in windows, shining out into the streets with a greeting that says, at last, we have come home.  This is our time to nest.

Welcome, Fall, it is so good to see you again.

Nesting in grace,

Teresa

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Ponder

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Indigo hues splash riotously across the melancholy twilight sky;

an artist gone mad amidst the shades of dusk.

A fitting departure to the bittersweet time before the dark settles in.

Lights glimmer from humble abodes, sharing the comfort of the night.

I too shall settle in and savor memories of Indigo. (teresalhardymon)

November brings a touch more gray to the skies; the night settles in earlier and lights shine out from neighborhood windows like little beacons of hope guiding us through the dark, promising that all will be well.

This time of year is a little melancholy, inviting us to sip a hot drink while we ponder deeper things and dream of promises yet to be fulfilled.  We wrap a warm throw about our shoulders, sigh deeply and realize that a slow down is just what we needed.

Slowing in grace,

Teresa

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PS I’ve shared Shades of Indigo before, but thought it ok to share again, since it was inspired by a November sky and the way November makes me feel.

Open Your Eyes

 

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.   Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Seeing in Grace,

Teresa

This is days 31 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
This is days 31 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
Click  image to see the response posts from my sister’s blog
Click image to see the response posts from my sister’s blog

Small Town Memories

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Dear One,

I’m so glad you enjoyed the picture show the other day from Shaker Village. Those images will bring you many happy memories of time spent there.

Today, I’m inspired to show you the beauty of your small town.  I’m glad you took the time recently to look close to home for the memories that are ready to be made right outside your own front door.  There are some lovely spots to capture gorgeous Autumn.

Such as Lover’s Lane, trees and houses around town, a church, the big tree in your former Principal’s yard, the Middle School and a small town cityscape.

I hope seeing the beauty in your home town will establish your sense of place. Because we all need to belong.  We all need a sense of place.

There are lots of pictures!  Enjoy!

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Making memories in grace,

Teresa

All photos were taken in Flemingsburg, Kentucky and are the property of StoneLeaf & Co.  Please don’t use without permission.

This is days 28-30 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
This post is for days 28-30 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
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Click image to see the response posts from my sister’s blog

Snap It!

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Dear One,

Please forgive my absence for the past few days.  I’ve been thinking of you and how much you love capturing photos of the season.  I had to chuckle when your friend G told you that you take three or four pictures of the same thing when she only takes one.  I get that, as I too love the fleeting beauty of Autumn.  I also thought it rather funny when you told her you were a “professional photographer”.  Of course, we all know you are not, but still, I love your enthusiasm for snap, snap, snapping away.  So, to make up for the post cards I didn’t send your way, I thought it would be appropriate to share some photos of the season with you.  Enjoy!

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Tree, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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100_4627Snapping in grace,

Teresa

All pictures in this post were taken at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  They are the property of StoneLeaf & Co. Please do not use without permission.

This is days 23-27 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
This is days 23-27 of a 31 day series. Click image to go to the series home page.
Click  image to see the response posts from my sister’s blog
Click image to see the response posts from my sister’s blog