Sunday Trees

Today’s Sunday Trees’ post started off with a few trees.

First, a nice autumn silhouette:

Then a tree from Virginia Beach:

Then this from somewhere in rural Northwest Virginia. 

uh-oh – looks like someone needs a haircut… ha


Now my rabbit trail begins:

Yesterday, Dawn, who happens to live in Northwest Virginia, corrected me on the location (Woodbine Farms here) for the pumpkin patch pictures I posted.


That had me looking at a few more photos from our visit there. Apples and pumpkins both “scream” fall – and so here is a photo of apples from Woodbine Farm Market. I tried the Ashmead’s Kernel (England 1700s), which tasted like a pear – apple.

Woodbine also sells Hard Cider and local Craft beer. They have antiques throughout their store, and many pieces are used to hold products. This next photo shows an old cabinet that held alcoholic beverages.

We skipped alcohol on this trip – not a health drink folks – and need to be mindful of the liver and overall body – right?

The cabinet also had some old records in the back.

I was in exploration mode and so I looked closer at two of the records. 


I was surprised to see the dates of 1929. 

It was hard to make out the songs.

Now if you notice the orange-label with Silvertone – near the bottom it says “Sears Roebuck & Co.” – and Dawn just posted about Sears closing this weekend (here) with her Six Word Saturday (Sears Closing Marks End of Era).  So ironic because this whole post has Dawn in mind (I was in her neck of the woods people – and she then helped me with location accuracy). So fun when this connection happens. 

Here is a closer look at the Silvertone record if anyone thinks they can figure out what song it features. I cannot. 

I did figure out the song on the Mercury record. It was “Use Your Imagination” by Vic Damone; however, I could not find a video of Vic singing  it, but here is Mabel Mercer’s version for those that want to hear it:  

I was curious about Vic Damone and found this video on YouTube. It is a 1949 video recoding from when Vic performed at the grand opening of the Silver Swan Cafe. The host noted that Vic “also makes phonograph records…” ha! My how times change. 


Now a special part of this post for me is how blogging keeps me growing. 

For example, I did not realize how OLD records really were.

Quick History of Records (more here):

The first version of the turntable was created in France (1857) by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville. It was called a phonautograph  and the device only inscribed airborne noise onto paper (mainly used in laboratories). Thomas Edison(1877) invented the phonograph, which recorded sound and played sound. Alexander Graham Bell added wax to Edison’s phonograph, which then recorded waves of sound, and was called a graphophone. The gramophone was the basis of the contemporary record player and went from hard rubber and shellac to then being made from vinyl. First record player sold to masses was in 1895.  “Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a “78” by collectors.”

Earlier this month I posted a picture of some 45 records I found in The fan area in Virginia (and I have a part 2 for that coming soon) but I think I just lumped “records” and “8-tracks” together in the same era. Even though my friend Noah has shared with me about his record-player antiques – I never really processed how far the record went back.  Always growing, eh?


Inside the Woodbine Farm store, they had this little ceramic sign with the word grow

Yes, we all are always growing –

and learning. 

When I think of trees – I am reminded of seasons of growth. A time to bear fruit and a time to drop leaves and go dormant. 

When I think of autumn and the changes that ease us into winter, I am reminded that we never really know what a day may bring forth. Sometimes we just need to be still and know that “growth” is happening. Joyce Meyer once shared about how some of her most trying times in life were NOT at all fruitful on the surface.  And she did all she could do to stay rooted and stay stable. I love that – sometimes we need to just stay stable – and maintain healthy — and know that “this too will pass.” 

Some of the best growth happens during dormant seasons, and those waiting seasons often fortify our fruitfulness. Some wonderful things happen while waiting and digging deep to develop grit and finding resilience. And for me – those tough, waiting-it-out seasons have always been a time for me to develop my faith and grow in my walk with God. I am not here to preach – so skip this part if this is not your thing, but Dawn shared something in a recent post that has had her on my heart this weekend. 

Also, this month, I was reminded of a story from a lady I met in San Jose in 2002. She shared that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired and when she thought God had forgotten her, she found this dime on the ground. It connected back to years earlier when she had found a dime and it was a catalyst for something she needed to do and it was a message that connected to her life at that time.  Over the years, this lady shared that she found dimes at random times and the “dime” became something between her and God. This story might not mean much to anyone who hears the story – but it rocked her world – and it inspired me because it reminded me that some things in our life are just between us and God. Too often the religious and churched groups we see rob us from the very personal and very beautiful, intimate walk with God that is joy in this life. 

One time when I felt tired of waiting, wondering if God forgot about a few important things in my life, he brought this huge blessing my way – on a Friday night! It was not the solution I was waiting for and needing at that time (although solutions did come) but he brought this huge splash of fun my way and whispered to me, “Don’t EVER think I forgot you, I never do and never will…and I love you very much.”

And so it goes – I mean grows – my trust and faith continues to grow and develop as I anchor in God and remember that all things can work “for” good.  Even if situations sometimes suck and they do not always feel good at the time – they can lead to much fruitfulness. Let’s be encouraged and know that we do not go into this day alone. God is with us and in us and he has many good things in store. 

In closing, these next two pictures are also from Northwest Virginia (Star Tannery, VA)


This last photo has so many different highlights connected to trees: a table, deck, wood sculpture, leaves, and the large sections of bark that will be used for something.  And we humans have also have so many things connected to who were are. We are so much more than our job, our bank account, our assets, and our achievements. At the end of the day – the best gifts in life are connecting with others, being moved by a good story, finding a laugh in spite of shitty circumstances, and being in tune with our body in ways that leads to health.  And yes, I am still deeply moved by the loss of Melanie – who was buried last August. She was only 47 years old when she passed from cancer. And so seriously readers – if anyone is having a hard day or feeling some heaviness – let’s anchor our roots and celebrate air in our lungs. Hard seasons DO  pass and let’s try to grow as much as we can while enduring and developing grit. 


Thanks for reading.

Wishing everyone a nice Sunday. 


Author update – Maria has a post with a Sears House Kit here














32 thoughts on “Sunday Trees

  1. I didn’t expect to see palm trees in Virginia Beach. I love the silhouette that you started with. I know the title of the song. Trust me, it’s s good thing that it’s hard to read.

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    1. regarding the song – yes – another reader gave the name and oh my goodness dan – what the heck?
      I am so shocked.
      and then -about the trees in VA beach – yes – plenty of those palm trees – and it has some nice features – – but describing a beach is so “relative”
      and whenever I knit pick VA beach (like compare it parts of Florida or Cali) , I remember that I grew up swimming in Lake Erie – and so I need to stay humble

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      1. Ha ha – we spend part of every summer in a cottage by the shore of Lake Erie with my grandparents. I understand. Still, as you looked out from the beach, you couldn’t see land. And, you could go out on a boat to a point where you couldn’t see land at all, so big body of water.


  2. It’s cool to see Woodbine through the eyes of a tourist. I obviously haven’t looked around in there for a while. I’ll have to ride out one day this week.
    And Star Tannery…was just there on Saturday at a friends party.


    1. well if you go I hope you take some pictures – I assume it looks different every couple of weeks as they sell stuff and move things around – at least outside –
      hope you have a great week and connect with you later in the week

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  3. So much going on in this post, Yvette. I like the light in the first shot and that tree in the third shot looks a bit asymmetrical! I’d love to explore that farm market as I love apples, hard cider, and craft beer. I remember records, too. 🙂 As for God, it always amazes me how faithful He is in the very, very small things, which tells us He can easily handle the big ones as well.


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    1. thanks for your nice reply and you are right – there was a lot going on here today (late October inspiration I guess) and then you succinctly replied to the sections (pretty smooth of ya)
      and I really liked all of what you said – gracias

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    1. Oh my goodness – THANK YOU so much – and I am shocked at that song- I do not have time to fully listen – but WTH (and thanks again – be back later tonight)


    1. Thanks so much for that.
      Now this is sad, but I really did not know Warwick as a singer – in my day – she was the infomercial lady trying to get people to call the hotline!
      and so I listened to the song – and her voice was sweet – on the simple side and not a power voice- but clear, in tune, and pleasant.
      and then the topic – San Jose and the whole connection between LA – that was cool.
      It also fit so well into this post and I really enjoyed listening to this – so thanks for chiming in


    1. thanks for taking the time to read. and I know God talk is not everyone’s cup of tea, but sometimes I just feel inspired to and people can always go away and not read it – right?

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    1. Thanks for noticing the tree that seemed to need a trim !!
      and yes, the culture part with the music was unexpected
      thanks for taking the time to leave a comment
      and see you later int he week or next weekend


  4. Reading this post was a delight and the accompanying photos were lovely. Also, I appreciate the information about the vinyls. Very informative.

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    1. hahah – the hair tree – well that is fun to think of your hair in the wind. Su Leslie once posted a flower that reminded me of my hair in the morning – I have have been to post about it and when I do I will come and let you know –
      ha so much fun in the little things sometimes –
      and happy to bring you the memory connected with your dear mother.

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  5. I think knowing that you are still and continue growing and learning are important thing. I do not think there is any age that we should stop growing and learning. However, it is not necessary about knowledge but growing and learning about how we can live well with oneself and others.

    Please have a great week!

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    1. very good wisdom in your comment, YC – thanks for the reminder about age – and I think a few people might need to hear that (read that).

      and then this:

      how we can live well with oneself and others.

      oh yes, that is so it.



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