Thursday, August 28, 2014

Days of Summer

Have you noticed how much the sun has changed? The light has become golden and warm in a sleepy kind of way. It is still warm, but  fall seems to be stealing in bit by bit, little by little. The trees are growing tired and longing for a rest. I am starting to see migrating birds flying though. I saw some kind of a scissor tail last night. A few flocks of geese have started flying in the evening and early mornings. The crickets sound half hearted  in their fiddling.

My flowerbeds look like they are weed beds. The weeds have won and  I  plan on doing some Labor Day yard work. My Mums look very good and I know as soon as a bit of cold weather comes in they will look so pretty.

With school starting, it feels good to be back in some sort of routine. Getting dinner cooked on time, coffee in the afternoons with the kids. One of my favorite things is listening to every adventure and funny stories. It is cooler so baking is nice again. I was thinking about daily life and I have come to the conclusion that it is the little daily routines that make up a joyful life.

I am so glad to get back to walking in the morning. It is so different from last year. When I walked last year, a stick would become a snake, or a pile of leaves was a skunk. People could walk right up to me before I saw them. I always felt off balance. Walking this week, it was so nice to be aware of my surroundings and see sticks that were sticks and leaves were leaves. It made my mind go off on a tangent. I thought about gratitude and trials. I think that when John Newton wrote Amazing Grace, it was a prayer from his heart. He had lived such a terrible life of his own choices. Once he realized what he gained when He returned to God, the grace he felt daily was over whelming. My favorite verse now of that song, " I once was blind and now I see." As I walk and think about being able to see, that song for me has so many levels for me.

I have an old picture of one of my great-great-grandmothers. She went blind about my age. I wonder if she had what I had and if she had lived now, would she have been been able to see?  In the photo she is sitting on a porch in a rocking chair, with her hair pulled back in a severe bun,  but her dress is very nice. I wonder if it was hard to have to give up her handwork and reading. My grandmothers were all great readers. They might have been poor but the greatest treasures they passed on was their love of  books.

I thought about how grateful I am for the trials that have come and gone. I am thankful that they don't last forever and that there is always something to be thankful for and to fill my life with joy.

Have a wonderful day,

" People don't care how much you know,
They just need to know you CARE."

---Barbara Johnson, " I'm So Glad You Told Me
What I Didn't Wanna Hear."


TexWisGirl said...

i just love your morning glories and am totally jealous of them. :) i'm anxious for cooler temps and some rain to break the late summer spell. :)

Nellie said...

What a blessing it is to awake each morning with a new day ahead of us! xo Nellie

Patrice said...

Hi, Kim. I agree with you that the little daily routines make for a joyful life. It seems that little things are far more able to make us happy than big ones. So glad you now see. I love the hymn, Amazing Grace. Have a good rest of the week and weekend!

Julia said...

My gardens are all full of weeds too. I managed to get some weeding done and I tidied one section of a bed and it looks a bit better. with all the long visit I had, I didn't kept up with the weeds.

I love that you now have cooler temperature and go for walks. Being grateful is a powerful emotion that gladdens the heart and make one's spirit sing.

I love your Morning Glories, so pretty and fresh.

Susan Kane said...

Marvelous capture of the bee's backside. Your morning glories are so beautiful. I miss those tendrils and colors.

Pom Pom said...

I have lots of weeds as well. I try to pull them and then I see thistles which I need my gloves for, so I stop and go back inside.
I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow. Blech. It usually takes a few hours, but I'm thankful for his expertise.
Your morning glories ARE glorious! Yay!

Kessie said...

Yes, every evening I sit on the porch and see how far south the sun has already moved. I wish the weather would catch on! It's been so hot for such a long time.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

We've got some cooler weather. I'm imagining that it will start to look and feel a little more fall-like now. I like fall and hoping that it will come early and stick around for a good long while. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am getting back into walking after all the commotion around here, and I will think about you when I do, and notice the changes in the air. God bless you!