Friday, October 29, 2010


Five p.m.
Friday afternoon...October nearing it’s end...I sit gazing out my window at Technicolor tree-tops in the autumn sky! This year, autumn in the Midwest has been warmer than usual. Gifted with summer-like temps combined with the beauty of the fall landscape, I suddenly love this season!

Often, people say how much they love autumn because of the beauty it brings. Of course, I don’t disagree, but I usually feel sad when summer draws to a close and fall enters in with its shorter days and nippy nights. It’s such a short lived season and I know what is coming next! I’m not a fan of cold weather and empty branches, and when the crisp colorful treetops become bare, I feel like climbing up a giant ladder and pasting the leaves back on! But this year I feel more joyful...can it be that I'm seeing things with a better attitude these days? Or is it just the weather?! :)

As I marvel at the beauty of the surrounding landscape, I ask myself..."why am I sitting here pining for Indian Summer to linger, while neighbors jog by and children play in shirtsleeves!"  
I feel the need to get up and get out there and enjoy every moment… join the others who bask in warm sunshine and robin’s song under autumn skies! but first...

Sounds like spring
It looks like Autumn, sounds like spring,
Love to hear the robins sing,                                                            
Outside my window leaves are fallin’          
All day long the red breast callin’!

Clear October skies,
Ruby treetops way up high,
Squirrels hiding acorns, storing food
And summer breezes kiss our skin like June …
Beneath the harvest moon!

Cornstalks, pumpkins, bales of hay,
Dressed up scarecrows on display,
This autumn day...

Sunshine sparkles on bronze trees,
Neighbors visit in shirt sleeves,
Children tumble in piles of leaves!

Looks like autumn, Feels like summer….
This year’s fall…a different drummer!
Leaves in gutters not a problem…
No rain yet - a warm, dry autumn!

Laughter echoes through our town,
Accompanied by a springtime sound…
Love to hear the robins sing…
All day long,
As if it’s spring!

(written by Lorraine Brown, copyright 2010)   



Shannon's Shanonigins said...

Lorraine, I love the photos, the mum wrapped in a leaf, like an autumn sweater is my favorite followed by the majestic tree still wearing his fall leaves.

Toyin O. said...

That is a beautiful song Lorraine;you should get out there and enjoy every minute of our summer like Autumn. We have a warm fall in New York also;I am certainly grateful for that as I am not a fan of the cold weather. That is a great attitude to have about life in general, thanks for the reminder.

I just also wanted to thank you for your visit and gracious comment. Have a great day:)

mangiabella said...

what a beautiful celebration of this glorious season - i love that moon!!!!

Maurie said...

Lovely words, lovely photos. We are of one mind--love spring, summer, and autumn....not so fond of the cold. I smiled at your wish to put up a ladder and paste back on the leaves. Don't we often feel that way about the small delights God gives us, but which are so fleeting? Capture the moments with thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

You have a gift for thoughts and words. Have you ever thought of yourself as a vessel that God is working through? Planting positive thoughts within the world and it's continuing negative population. Just a bit of refreshing, positive thoughts can be a welcome medicine.

Anyway, thank you for your support, kind words and prayers. As of today, 11/06 I still don't know "for sure" anything. Something to ponder though... when I first went into the doctor for this cancer, the MD, Urologist, Intervention Radiologist, and Oncologist all told me they felt it was lymphoma cancer, exact type unsure. Then, the Urologist and first Int. Radiologist said the mass around my renal artery was a cancerous mass, unknown exact type. As the days pass by, now it is considered a slow growing cancer, as well as the mass on the renal artery may be made up of fatty tissue, scar tissue, and cancer cells. So, the entire mass may not be as large a tumor as once thought. Again, nothing is for sure yet. I have prayed, there have been prayers for me... I feel that I am a work in progress at the hand of God. Thank you again Lorraine, you have no idea what it means to have prayer support. Love, Marie Zane

A multi-dimensional life said...

For anyone reading this blog at this moment, I want to thank you for your support! I also want to tell you that the comment above (Marie) is from a very strong woman going through an uncertain time with her health and although she is faithful,this is still a scary time for her and her family. I'm hopeful that our prayers for her healing be answered. Perhaps you will feel inclined to pray for her as well and maybe even visit her blogspot.

May the sun shine on you brightly and warm your spirit today!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful..I agree, there is a mixture of feelings in this change of season. In Texas we usually don't have a harsh winter, but I love being outdoors more.
Loved the poem...thanks for sharing...beautiful pictures

Anonymous said...

I love these photos and the way you write!

God bless you!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Good morning, Lorraine! Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving such a kind, encouraging word for me. I'm glad for the relationship you've known with your mother; undoubtedly, it has shaped you in the deepest of ways that will continue to make a strong impact on the generation that now sits beneath your watchful gaze!

I may be an odd ball here, but I love the changing of the seasons. In particular, I love winter. There's something about bare branches and a soul's stripping that fits with my understanding. I'm not a fan of being out in the cold, but I do love the warmth of a fire and good blanket.

I like being "covered."

Blessings to you this day; may peace rule in your heart.


A multi-dimensional life said...

Oh, Elaine, you are certainly "not" an oddball!
I think the change of seasons brings more beauty into our lives! My favorite part of winter is the heaviest of snowfalls, when we are forced to stay inside, looking out from our warm, cozy shelter at branches glistening with a new covering of if wrapped in a blanket of their own!
God is so creative and unique, isn't He! Each sunset; each autumn; each snowflake is different; much like us! You are a blessing to me!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today...I am sure some that didn't make sense
Here is the original post on my house needing RAID...

It goes with the change of season...always a good time to reflect and make adjustments. Just like God does in His own creations.

Blessings and thanks for stopping by and making a comment

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