Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn Thoughts

What can I say--I've always loved the month of October.

That is with the exception of Halloween and all that hoopla of black cats, scary pumpkins and evil spirits--that I shall not dwell on for the purposes of this post.

It's a beautiful time of the year.

I thought that fall had come early to us here in the south--but it was just teasing with us. We had a few really cool days and then before you knew it we were back up to eighty and ninety degrees.

We finally had some rain a couple of days ago, so now, once again, there is a slight coolness in the air. It is welcomed.

When my children were little we would save our change for a whole year so that we would have enough money to take them to the fair. What a great time we would have! The rides, the food, the fellowship of seeing friends and neighbors. Pleasant memories for sure.

I fell in love for the first and only time in October of 1967. There has never been an October since then that I do not remember that event with special fondness. Most think of February as being the month of love. For me, the month of October is the month of love. Love remembered and love renewed.

Now that we are "seniors", we have the freedom to travel in the month of October. I love to travel. It's so thrilling to discover new places, people, and things. Ironic, I guess, that I should say that, since we've spent the last three Octobers in NYC-- but the thing about New York is that when you are visiting New York city, you are visiting the world--so many cultures and nations represented in such a small condensed area--I can't seem to see enough of it.

My husband and I will be on vacation in a few weeks--I'll leave everyone to guess where we are headed!

So very much to rejoice about. Thank the Lord those miners made it out of that underground tomb! What a blessing to seem them brought up from that black hole! God was surely with them.

There seems to be so much negativity concerning our nation and the direction it is headed in, but I can't help but believe that God is God and I am comforted by the fact that HE has all this under control. Really He does. I don't understand why we think it matters if Republicans or Democrats are in control of our country. God is in control. What party does He belong to? Don't answer that. *smile*

I've rambled on enough.

I'd like to end this post with a few of my favorite quotes:

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
— Mother Teresa

Happy autumn blessings ya'll,


Anonymous said...

What a good quote from Mother Theresa. As Christians we have it so good with God as our boss!
I'm sending this to my printer to add to my new desk space. I'm justs going ahead and let me hopes soar that I will be chosen for the full-time job. If I don't, I'll move the quote back to my old part-time desk. :)
I love October too - in spite of the fact that my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage a few days before Halloween in 1981. I'm confident the baby went right to heaven, so it's actually kind of bittersweet.

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

God Bless and have a wonderful time

Finding Pam said...

I agree with you about the month of October. We have had the same weather as well.

I hope you qill have a blessed trip where ever you go.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful autumn reflections post! I'm blessed today by you opening of your heart to share with us all that October means to you.
God is such an Awesome Creator and what a joy it is that He shares October beauty with us.
I can't imagine (but then I can when I consider my own spiritual life) what those miners must feel like to have been delivered from the pit of darkness into the 'Light' of day. Oh that we'd all rejoice over these things.
And I agree with you about God being in control. Why bicker and debate politics? God knows.
Praying you have a MOST ENJOYABLE get-away and that God grants you safe travel and fun!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I loved the photos of the mums-so very beautiful. I agree totally with your sentiments about Oct. I only celebrate Harvest and love this season. We've been to NYC twice in Oct. and it was fun but I loved upstate N.Y. better. Have a wonderful vacation.
Blessings, Noreen

Colleen said...

I love autumn, too. Have a great trip!

xinex said...

I am ok, Debra. My mom is tired but ok too. Thanks for your concern. Is it still hot there? It's nice in this part of MS. Love the quotes! Come check out my post for today about slavery in Natchez...Christine

Amrita said...

Enjoy the month o f October Debra. I like that qoute too.

Susan said...

I have a "do it anyway" poems, the wording isn't the same as yours but the idea is, hanging in my entry hall. It came to me way back in the 80' when I was having to do a lot of that "do it anyway" things and I treasure it because it got me through some very dark days.

Enjoy your holiday!!!

Travis Cody said...

October is always a favorite month for me too, because there is so much winding down, football in full swing, basketball and hockey just beginning.

And here in the northwest, I get to experience such amazing colors as the season goes on.

Enjoy your vacation!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Debra. I love the autumn as well. There is just something in the air that is so crisp and clean - makes me think of fresh starts. I am new to your blog and look forward to reading more, but have a wonderful vacation.

Sonja said...

me too! October, mums, Fall, and especially New York!! Good for you... wish I could come with you!
and... I also love that quote by Mother Teresa, one that I can't hear too often.

Have a good Sunday!

Michele Katherine said...

Hello Debra,
I'm happy to have found your blog, I think it is outstanding! I live in California so we don't really experience the changing of seasons like other states do. My husband & I are so thrilled it has been lightly raining all day, because it has been too hot lately.

I agree with you in regard to October is great "with the exception of Halloween." I will be following your blog.

My blog is new & I would love to welcome you to my blog if you get the chance.
God bless your night,
Michele Katherine

Anonymous said...

Have a great vacation. Safe travels.

Deborah Ann said...

Oh, what a beautiful quote from Mother Teresa! I never heard that before. I want to be just like her when I grow up :-)

We love NY too! AND we love's our anniversary month. Sometime maybe we'll do NY to celebrate. We were only there once, over the 4th of July. Love the big melting pot of diversity there...

Pat said...

I love the Fall too, my favorite time of year. I'm finally, little by little learning not to dread about the season that follows, it's key to enjoying the season I'm now in. I guess it proves you're never to old to learn!
Have a wonderful vacation!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post Debra...Thank you for stopping by and praying for Noah. I hope that your son will soon feel better...Just got caught up reading your posts....Great posts...New Orleans trip...New grandson...Saints PJ's I have enjoy all the story...with laughter,tears and smile....Haven't been blogging much...I will try to visit you more...How have you been? Would love forus to get together again soon...Have a wonderful week...Kathy