~”Fiery colors begin their yearly conquest of the hills, propelled by the autumn winds. Fall is the artist. ” ~unknown




The view of the park that is across the street from my house was magnificent yesterday during sunset. 

 The trees were glowing with the reflecting light of the sun. 

The setting sun made the shadows  long and deep.

It was  pretty,

but pictures can’t do it justice.




~October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.  ~Nova BairClick to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.
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These trees were so bright red in the sun. 

 They were breathtaking and more beautiful than a camera can show.

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” ~Faith Baldwin

“No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face.”
-   John Donne

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PhotoHunt   Sunsets happen DAILY, which is this week’s subject for Photohunter.sunsetsunset

 ~ Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers – for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  ~Osho



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first snowy evening

We had our first “real” snow today.  It was only about an inch or two that took most of the day to accumulate but it was so pretty I couldn’t resist a walk at dusk.sledding in the evening

  Everything seemed bluish as the light faded and the park lights came on across the street from my house.  Some kids were sledding and I even saw a snowman built out of such a small amount of snow.  He was lumpy and covered with pieces of grass, but a snowman just the same. snowman?

 Obviously the kids just can’t wait to play in the snow.  I mean it is December after all~ a bit of snow is in order. This time of year I love it too.  Now somewhere around February, March I am sooo ready for it to go away.  But right now it is really fun!

out the front window



Snowmen fall from heaven… unassembled.  ~Author Unknown


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I have the outdoors decorated and ready …web-j-039web-j-029

 and because we love the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree, we went and cut one down, put it up and decorated it too!   

tree   We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of  Christmas trees, so if you are like me  you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.

Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself.  Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.

 If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.

Make the cut straight across the trunk.  Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.

If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of  water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.

Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity.  Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.

Only give the tree plain water.  There is no need for aspirin or any of the other concoctions we have been told about.  Plain water works best.  Water temperature doesn’t matter either.

Don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.

Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.

Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.my grapevine/holly wreath

Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.  They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.web-tree-036 


  2. For more info about real Christmas trees, visit The national Christmas Tree Associaiton at http://www.christmastree.org/

  3. You can locate a tree recycling program by logging onto www.realchristmastrees.org

To learn many myths about real Christmas trees visit http://www.christmastree.org/myths.cfm


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It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson Flagg


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spider webCouldn’t resist this shot.  The sun caught the web just perfectly.  It was a bit over my head but I was still able to capture it. I am amazed at how talented a simple spider is. 

 The work was so intricate and perfect yet strong enough to stand the wind and weight of the spider.  Kinda makes me think of web-pig Charlotte and 



If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.  ~American Quaker Saying

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“October gave a party;web-trees-074

The leaves by hundreds came -web-trees-070

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.


The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,web-2
Miss Weather led the dancing,web-trees-013
Professor Wind the band.web-trees-084”    



“October’s Party~ George Cooper




It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson FlaggScenic SundayVisit  Scenic Sunday