Simple Splendor

Hello to you! How are things in your neck of the woods? Are you enjoying autumn or has it already passed you by?
Fall is such a pretty season, full of such simple splendor, that it’s too bad that it doesn’t last longer, don’t you think? Sometimes, I can hardly believe how awe-inspiring nature can be. There are moments when I look around and I’ll notice something that seems especially beautiful. Often it has to do with the way the light is falling…glimmers of a setting sun shining though the clouds…or the sun’s rays softly illuminating the trees, sending sparkly bits of light through the leaves as they flutter in the breeze. I know it sounds kind of weird, but sometimes I have moments where I’m so overcome by God’s creation that it almost makes me cry 🙂

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In Flowers

Flowers, Fruit, Fall and Fitness

Hello! Happy Fall to you!
Gosh, I can’t believe it’s October already! Time sure flies, doesn’t it? That thought ran through my mind the other day as I was looking through pictures on the computer and saw these shots that I took last APRIL! I have a tendency to do that…take photos and then forget about them. At any rate, I thought the colors and subjects worked well for autumn too, so here they are.
I love the color of these flowers. They kind of make me think of the pretty salmon-colored leaves that are found on some of the maple trees this time of year. Apparently, they’re a variety of ranunculus. Aren’t they different?
Pears always make me think of fall too, since that’s when they’re in season. I’ve been wanting to make a pear tart. I keep thinking about it. You know, when you get an idea in your head and you can’t shake it loose? I’ve been trying to cut gluten and sugar out of my diet though, so that eliminates the possibility of tart eating. Things have been going pretty good, except for the day I ate a doughnut or two…okay, three 🙂
Since I’ve decided to put more emphasis on my health, I also signed up for an intense ten week exercise class. It starts on Saturday. That first day they’ll test us with a timed run and whatnot. The worst of it will be though, horror of all horrors…before photos. Ugh. Wish me luck, people 🙂
Well, anyway, that’s what’s going on in my world.  Hope you’re having a good week!
xo

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In Travel

Plantation Life

Hello! Hope you’re all doing well.
I figured it was time to hobble together a post since it’s been how long since I’ve been here…a month? Yep, sad, but true. Anyway, I thought I’d show you a few photos I took while visiting a plantation in South Carolina earlier this summer.
There were a variety of things to do, but we pretty much just walked around taking in the sites, which basically consisted of the house, gardens and animals. If you minus out the fact that it felt like 842 degrees outside and that I found the way they cared for the majority of the animals disturbing, it was enjoyable.
Here’s a glimpse of the house.
There were paths that meandered through the gardens. Here and there, you’d find something interesting like this red bridge…
or this little gazebo. The minute my daughter laid eyes on this, she had to run over and check it out. I love the copper roof.
No matter where I visit, the animals are always bound to be my favorite part.
One thing I absolutely L.O.V.E about the south is all the moss that hangs from the trees. It looks so pretty when it’s blowing in the breeze.
Isn’t this a great rustic fence? Those two little dots off in the distance are a few ponies grazing.
Well, there you go. I guess I’m a woman of few words today.
Later gator 🙂
xo

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