Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Autumn

3 Gifts Autumn

Well…I do live in San Diego, and some people would say that we don’t have a change in seasons, but we do.  It’s just not as drastic of a change as it is in, oh let’s say, Buffalo NY, for example!

1. So today, I am thankful that someone decided to plant these trees in my neighborhood, so that when autumn comes to San Diego, I get to experience the beautiful colors of fall.

leaves changing color

2. And in regard to those falling leaves in autumn…well, I’m thankful that I don’t have to rake them up when they fall to the ground.

leaves on the ground

3. And finally, probably one of my most favorite things that I am so thankful for when autumn finally arrives is…pumpkins. Why can’t we have pumpkins all year round? Just wondering. :)

pumpkin butter

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful, and traditionally, this is the time of year when our focus is on being thankful.  I certainly hope that you will be able to take a moment and look around and find at least one thing that you are oh so very thankful for.

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
― Harry A. Ironside

Wordless Wednesday: Oh Yeah!

My guy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

This was my first attempt at an enclosed garden in my backyard…and it turned out to be an achievement that I am quite proud of!

The garden is at rest right now, but I learned a lot from this adventure, and I’m really looking forward to next season.

 

Take a look at what the rest of the world has been up to.  More amazing achievements can be found here!

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Out My Window

3 Gifts Out My Window….

1.  I’m thankful that I’m on the inside, looking out my window at the car wash. I love knowing that I can get my little bug all clean and shiny without me even getting out of the car to get the job done!

at the car wash

2.  I’m thankful that when I look out my back door window, I am able to see these pretty flowers that just keep on blooming, even in the midst of our construction project.  A gentle reminder to me that there is beauty to be found in everything, even when my own little world feels a little chaotic and out-of-order.

flowers in my garden

3.  And this moment, this very tender moment when I glance out my front door window, and I see these two amazing people.  My husband helping our youngest grandson put on his shoes so that they can do some “gardening” together.  A task that our grandson has become fascinated with as of late, and something Grandpa was only too willing to help him with.

I’m thankful, oh so thankful that God gave them to me.

R and Grandpa

These are just a few things that I am so very thankful for today.

I know there will be more, because I’m going to keep on looking for the good things…I hope you find some things to be thankful for today as well. Just take a peek out your window and see what you can find!

We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not. Even the most confusing or hurtful aspects of life can be made more tolerable by clear seeing and by choice.” ~ Epictetus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

This was the challenge for the week:  An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace. Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”.

These little beauties are blooming in November! 

I’Simply Purple

Wordless Wednesday: Fall comes to San Diego

San Diego Fall