I am happily anticipating November. Mainly because I am hoping for more rain. But now I can make pumpkin pie all month. Without guilt. Its a rainy day, so I think I need a pumpkin pie today, don't you?
I must tell you a story about the Battle of the Pistashe. It has been ongoing and is starting to get violent.
See those above berries? Our yard is filled with mockingbirds, blue Jays and starlings and black birds.
I spend way to much time standing at the kitchen sink watching this battle. As mockingbirds do they think they own every tree, fruit and berry. The mockingbirds have assumed that all of these berries are theirs.
They guard this tree.
Now that the black birds and the starlings have joined forces it is nothing but gorilla warfare and sorties.
First, they send in the lowly private. He flies in and the mockingbird flies to attack. As the mockingbird is just beating the stuffing out of the black bird as hard as you can hit when you are made of feathers. The others in mass fly in overwhelming the lowly mockingbird. Who just goes crazy trying to hit them all and not hitting anyone. The black birds and starlings grab berries and fly off. The very proud mockingbird sits up on top of the tree, thinking he alone has vanquished his foes, those berry thieves. This goes on all day. I still stand and watch, I can't help it. I will be sad when there are no more berries for them to fight over. The berries that
fall to the ground are being grabbed by the ants and the smaller birds who sneak in unnoticed. Isn't fall a treat?
Today my daughter and her family being moving to a new place. I am so excited for them. I am so happy that they will live in a place that is green. They will live in the shadows of mountains. They have wide open spaces and blue skies. I have learned this month that if you want to go forward in life, you must first take that first step and do those hard things in your mind that says you can't because its too hard. Taking that first step is always the hardest. Then before you know it you are running and never looking back.
" I am your servant, does my Master have a command for me." Joshua is then told, "remove your sandals for you are on Holy ground." (Joshua 5:13-15)
My prayer for this holiday season is going to be, " I am your servant Lord, does my master have a command for me."
Instead of having such a bad attitude of all the things I think I need to do, but to wait and see what I should do. Just taking the first step today.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,
|“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring