Tag Archives: Seasons

Mandala Monday ~ Circle of Thanksgiving

Circle of thanks

Obviously, I created this one before the snow fell, while there were still colorful leaves on the trees and green grass on the ground.  😊

I created it with the thought of welcoming the month of November – which I always think of as a season of gratitude.  It’s not too cliche to be mindful of gratitude during the month of November, is it?  😉  (For those of you not with me here in the States, our Thanksgiving holiday falls on Thursday of this week). 

Regardless of the month or where we reside on this beautiful planet, being mindful of all that we have to be grateful for is always in season.

 

Thank you all for being in my little circle here on WordPress.  Much Love and many blessings to you and yours…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Snowflakes on My Window

 

 Snowflakes on my window

instead of falling from the sky

A display of graceful  patterns

the beauty of winter fills my eyes

© Julie Rehnelt 2013

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Glad I’m inside though ~ woke up to -11 temps here in Minnesota this morning! {{{BRRR}}}

Peace & love…

Fields of Gold

I came upon the most wonderful, lovely field of yellow flowers while out running errands the other day, and I pulled the car over to get a closer look and take a few photos.  It was so unexpected and out of place, if I hadn’t been already watching for and looking at the autumn colors along the road, I may have missed it altogether.

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I’m a huge fan of the color yellow, as a child it was my favorite color.  Now my favorite color is purple.  🙂  I love all colors though actually.  Blue is so dreamy and peaceful, and green is so living, but all colors have their own beauty, and yellow is such a delight, so cheerful, it always draws my attention.

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As I was taking pictures of the masses of yellow glory, I noticed a path and followed it.  It wound around a short way and ended at a small pond.  The yellow was so pretty against the blue of the water.

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It was all quite wonderful and such a nice little detour from my errands.  We must always keep our eyes open to the beauty that surrounds us, it’s there, even amidst the most mundane of tasks.

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As I was going through my photos I kept hearing the song Fields of Gold playing in my head.  There’s always a song playing in my head.  😉  Anyway, this is such a beautiful song, do have yourself a listen…

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These are the lyrics…

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of the barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold

So she took her love for to gaze awhile
Among the fields of the barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold

Will you stay with me will you be my love
Among the fields of the barley
And you can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold

I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I’ve broken
But I swear in the days still left
We will walk in fields of gold
We’ll walk in fields of gold

I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I’ve broken
But I swear in the days still left
We will walk in fields of gold
We’ll walk in fields of gold

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of the barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
As you lie in fields of gold

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of the barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold

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And with that, I’m off to partake in more of the mundane, working at putting my garage sale together.  Ugh.  But even in that I will be keeping my eyes and heart open to the beauty that is surely around me if I only look for it…

Peace & love…

To Everything There is a Season

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I got my first real glimpse of fall color the other day when I followed behind my sis on her motorcycle so she could bring it up north to her cabin to store it there for the winter.

It’s starting to get dark out earlier in the evenings now, and by the time we got to her cabin the sun was already set, but I still pulled out my camera anyway and tried to take a few photos before all the light was gone.  None of the shots I took turned out very well, but when I saw the one above it evoked an emotion from me, so I touched it up as best I could and then added that quote to it.

While I was working on it I couldn’t help myself from hearing this old song by The Byrds playing over and over in my head…

I want to say this song is a bit “before my time” but I believe it was actually released the year I was born, so technically it isn’t.  😉

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I knew those lyrics were taken from a portion of scripture, so I decided to go and look them up in the Bible to add to the context.  I think I got through chapter 5 or 6 of Ecclesiastes before I had to put it down, I just found it all so depressing.  I lost count of how many times the writer said “all is vanity and striving after the wind!”  I’ve already been feeling a bit like that myself, so reading that wasn’t helping me at all.  I do really like the part that this song is taken from though, and I know there’s a good moral of the story and a point made in the end.  I’m sure that all of the philosophers and theologians throughout the ages have their own opinions and have made their arguments over what the interpretation of that portion of scripture is about, but all I really care about is how it all relates to me and how I can apply it to my every day life.

Which lately… the “season” I’ve been in has me feeling rather low.  It’s weird too, because this is my favorite time of the year.  I mean, I can hardly even describe how much I love autumn.  Truly.  Ordinarily I should be on top of the world right now.  I’m sure it’s probably just that there’s sooo much going on in my life at the moment that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Anyway, I’m not going to get into all of that, it’s just that in contemplating all of this it has got me thinking…

Thinking, thinking, thinking.  Turn, turn, turn…

About all of the different seasons there are in life.  A time for this, a time for that.  Me and my endless metaphors.  But it’s so true!   And the thing that helps me is to remember… that no mater what “time” it is right now… it has its purpose in my life, and it’s only for a season.  What a great encouragement!  And as my pops used to say…  “This too shall pass.”  ♥

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven –

A time to give birth, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. 

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to tear down, and a time to build up. 

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones;

a time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.

A time to search, and a time to give up as lost;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away.

A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;

a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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And a time to follow your sis up north to store her motorcycle…

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Adventures in Gardening Part 35 ~ All Good Things Must Come to an End… But Not Yet!

First day of October and my tiny garden isn’t ready to call it quits just yet.  Soon, but not yet.

I still have my champ of a bell pepper hanging in there.  And it’s just about yellow enough to pick…~

It’s dipping down pretty chilly in the evenings though, so one night when the news was warning of frost and freezing temps, my sis came over and we covered it up with old sheets.  All cozy and tucked in for the night.  😉~

That same plant has a few other nice sized peppers growing on it too, but I doubt they’ll have the chance to turn yellow before the real cold weather comes.  So what, I’ll be more than happy to eat them green.  🙂

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While my sis was over she gave her mint plants a “haircut.”  They look a bit sad all buzzed off, but she dehydrated the leaves and sometime soon we are going to sit down and enjoy some peppermint tea together.  I love peppermint tea!~

I was going to give them a bit more time, but then decided to go ahead and pull up my onions.  They didn’t get very big growing in the pot I had them in, so next year I’ll have to come up with another idea for what to plant them in.  They smell really good though and I’m sure they’ll be flavorful.  My sis didn’t like me leaving the smallest of the bunch out of the photo, so while I was snapping she took it and put it into the shot.  She said it would feel left out.  Yeah, because we all know that onions have feelings too.  😉 ~

I planted the Trumpet Vine that my dear friends in Kentucky sent me earlier this summer.  I wanted to wait until the weather got a bit cooler.  I think it’s happy in the spot I planted it and I hope it grows well there.  Thanks again Allan & Patty! ♥~

I have noticed that the Pineapple Sage I planted is flowering now, and the blooms are a really pretty bright red!  This is the first time I’ve grown it, so I had no idea what it would produce.~

Ya know… I love fall so much, but I also love the green and growing things, so I’m going to try to get as much enjoyment out of them as I possibly can before it all comes to an end.  With the leaves at peak right now, it’ll be soon…

~Gardening is my therapy~

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves, colors so bright

a feast for the eyes, such a wondrous sight.

Shades of crimson, rust, and amber

a brilliant kaleidoscope of nature’s splendor.

© Julie Rehnelt 2012

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