Hello Blog Readers, for today’s post I am sharing some of my favorite fall 2016 photographs. I was inspired to do this while catching up on some blog visits this weekend – as I perused some posts, I felt like it was time to connect with some challenges – and so moving from Sunday Splash and Sunday Trees, I also included some leaves, seeds, and a bit of fall orange reprieve:
1. Finding a little patch of flowers in the fading grass… Linked to #SundaySplash
2. Felt the duality of life when I looked up to see these trees side by side… Linked to Sunday Trees #261
3. Leaves (and lines)
4. Leaves – fake ones…ha! linked to Nancy Merrill
5. Okay – with all this tree and leaf chat, let’s look at these roots, linked to the travel theme “dark” – and this photo reminds me of being “rooted and ground in love” ❤
6. This candy corn costume was so much fun so I had to grab a photo – and it was right after Lisa Kennedy shared that candy corn was the number one Halloween candy (when we all thought chocolate would have been number one). Linked to De Monte Y Mar’s Texture #46.
7. This photo is not linked to any challenge, but these MEATY and delicious squash seeds are always a tasty fall treat.
8. Favorite fall coffee this year was this all natural pumpkin spice coffee from Wa-Wa (filled my cup right on up and added a dash of real creme).
9. Tried my first “Honey Crisp” apple this fall (far right), which were being sold at a rest area on the way from Buffalo to Rochester. I guess Honey Crisp is a new cultivated variety from the University of Minnesota Agricultural Research Center. I liked them ok, but the folks with me REALLY love these crunchy and sweet apples.
10. Orange wood with a little sunset reflection in the glass and a splash of pink in the trim….: Linked to CEE’s Fun Foto – doors
11. We had a fatigued Hard Drive on our computer this fall -and this is what the worn out HD looked like inside (note the orange reflection from the blinds – fits right in, eh?). I am still amazed by technology….zeros and ones….hows does it all do this??? Linked to JNW’s one word: DIGITAL
12. Deb at and so my entry for this week is Travel with Intent is Back to hosting some challenges and one of them is “One Word Sunday” NAILS! Look at these awesome nails on this lady – and she can work and maneuver digital devices with them quite well.
13. This “don’t be crabby” sign ( linked to CEE’s B & W challenge signs) comes with a little reminder to keep our moods up a bit. Crabby times will come, but let’s bring them into check and find a way to not be crabby to those around us – especially because so many of us set the tone for our homes and workplaces. Let’s try to bring a splash of joy to folks when we can. Let’s be intentional to do so…. We are not perfect, but we CAN work at being kind. (and see Daily Musings’ ‘be kind’ sign here) While I was in Buffalo, NY recently, I had some time with my older sister and I recalled back to the 80’s when she shared how she “was working at being nice” to people. I still remember that – and at the time – as a young girl – I did not process it too much – but later I realized the wisdom she had with her self-awareness and social side. She knew the value of controlling the way she treated people and she knew she could alter things. And feelings do follow behavior you know…. For some folks, being kind comes easy, but for others, it is not the default. For example, many folks have heard of the Positive Psychology movement with Martin Seligman. And Seligman once wrote about his wake up call to change his crabby ways. He was gardening with his five year old daughter and she called him a grouch ( here) and this was a catalyst for examining his pessimistic default ways. Now you might need to get more sleep, eat more protein, laugh a little more, take up a hobby for a few hours each week, or resolve a few annoying things – but find ways to lighten up and be intentional to find some joy – shake off the crabbiness that tries to sneak in – it will not only help those around you – but it will be better for you – kindness brings life to your bones. It will fuel you and help your immunity too.
My closing thought to leave with you is “don’t be a crab” and as my yoga teacher Alec said this week –
let’s change the world one smile at a time.
One- smile- at – a – time. 🙂
Have a nice rest of your Sunday and be back later this week with a November Walk with Restless Jo….