Unplanned, Uneventful, Perfection

Do you ever have one of those days that is totally unplanned, totally uneventful and turns into total perfection?  Today has been one of those days for me.

To start, I didn’t wake up until almost 9AM, something I rarely do and three hours later than I usually rise.

After a leisurely morning around the house, I headed out around noon. I had waited until noon, as that is when the recycling center opens and I wanted to drop off my trash.

I arrived to drop my trash and no one was in line, again, something rare especially on a Saturday or Sunday.

I got out of the car and was greeted by the sweet lady who always has a smile on her face and kind word for everyone who stops by.  As I finished dumping my trash, she smiled and said, as she always does, “have a blessed day angel.”  I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was moving that way.

I ran by the store and wrote my monthly column for Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine.   This month I had been struggling with my column.  I knew what I wanted to write about, but the words weren’t flowing in my mind yet, it was a struggle.

With tomorrow’s deadline on the horizon, I sat down at my laptop and 20 minutes later almost 1,000 words had flowed from my fingers onto the screen.  I did some edits, but somehow the words that I had been wanting to say came.  (I hope you all like them, the new GML will be out in early November.)

After submitting my column, I cleaned the inside of my very dirty car and gave it a quick wash.

I then came home and decided to rake and blow the leaves off my drive and then put out some Halloween decorations I had forgotten about.

Now, the day is coming to an end.  As I write this I am sitting on my screen deck, enjoying a beautiful Fall day, my girl Lita at my feet.  An awesome 70’s Disco playlist on in the background that Alexa chose.

See what I mean….unplanned, uneventful, perfection.

The Colors of Blessings

As the display of Fall color bursts upon the mountains and valleys of God’s Country it is always a sight to behold.

As I wrote in my October column in “Georgia Mountain Laurel” magazine I didn’t really appreciate the beauty of the season until I had moved away and become an adult.

For much of my life, the leaves changing color was just something that happened.  However as I have grown older, the changing colors represent more of a feeling, a feeling of blessing, reflection and joy.

This year, the weather leading up to peak season has been iffy.  We have had warm weather, cold snaps and everything in between, it seemed like the colors of Fall may skip us this year….. but oh, what a surprise the landscape had in store.

Earlier this week it happened, as if overnight, the leaves all changed and what a magnificent change it is.

Today the weather is damp with fog and mist making the colors explode on the landscape, the oranges, yellows and reds glisten in the moisture like a Monet or Picasso.

As I drove home from Church this morning, I stopped my car and just looked.  I soaked in those colors and let the beauty of the scenery in front of me wash over my soul.

It occurs to me that the colors of leaf season are a perfect prelude to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  A time to be thankful for the blessings in our lives and remembrances of those who paved the pathways that we now walk.

Those colors, like the blessings we all enjoy, explode in goodness and are tucked away in our memories through the seasons of life.  At times of darkness we can draw upon those memories to keep us moving forward and to rejoice in the blessings of life.

Like the seasons of our life, the season and colors of Fall renew the spirit and provide a joyous point leading up to celebrations yet to come.

I appreciate the colors of this season and the promise of what is to come.  During dark days it is good to know the colors will return and provide hope for our next blessings that lie ahead.

 

** Thanks to Kevin Croom for the Photo Reminder.  KCCPIX

Life’s Playlist….. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

On this date, SIXTY years ago my older brother Sam was born.

In my monthly column for the September edition of, Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine I wrote about my brother and his influence on me.

You can check it out here.

Happy Birthday Sam, I hope you have 160 more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine Column for July, 2017

My monthly column in Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine is now online and in stores.

This month, I reminisce about summer gatherings of family, friends, awesome foods with pickin’ and singin’!

Yes, you should read the entire magazine, however if you only have time for one article, you may enjoy the one on page 92.

Check it out.  gmlaurel.com 

Giving Thanks for Staying Connected.

1796841_10154790341090174_6313907010918897958_oRecently, I wrote an article for the November edition of Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine.

The writing I do for Laurel is my most personal and in many ways my favorite.

The assignment was for an article on “what I am thankful for.”

I decided not to go the traditional route but to approach the topic from  a very 21st century angle.  Yes, I am thankful for Social Media and the column articulates why.

Check it out, on page 70 of the online version.  HERE