Fall has officially arrived. The sun is taking longer to show up in the morning….which only makes me slower in getting started as well. And, while the days are so gorgeous, the evening temps certainly are feeling like fall. Even my mindset seems to have turned to fall. I’m a bit of a homebody anyway but I can tell my body, mind and spirit are ready to “nest” and get cozy/stay cozy at home. It really is the perfect weather for being outside, though, so I need to resist. There will be plenty of months for staying put inside!!
All that to say that another month has almost ended – which means it is time to share another edition of Share Four Somethings hosted by Heather Gerwig. I enjoy this link-up and the chance to look back over this month that is about to be history! Without further ado, here are this month’s thoughts regarding Share Four Somethings.
Something Loved. I am loving all things fall (minus the PSLs, of course). I have especially been loving more front porch time. We so enjoy our time on the porch but last month the mosquitoes (and any and everything else that bites and stings) were driving me crazy. It is so much nicer to be outside lately. We also have a favorite neighborhood coffee bar. They serve even better desserts than they do coffee. Trust me – the blueberry bread pudding is amazing. We really like to go and sit on their patio and enjoy these autumn evenings.
A few other things I am loving: time with my girlfriends…which has taken longer than I expected to get back on track; fall decor – both inside and on my porch; pansies and more pansies; and several double date evenings with friends lately. We have tried some new restaurants and have not been disappointed yet:)
Something Read. I actually read not one – but two – books this month. I’m amazed myself! I know it sounds pathetic but I have had the worst time finding, enjoying – and finishing – any books. But, several times, Jennifer (@jenlloydgoodwin) recommended her favorite author, Robin Jones Gunn…and I decided to give her books a try. The first, Engaging Father Christmas (yes, a Christmas book and no, I have no idea why I chose that particular book) was a novella (as in – short book) and I finished it in two evenings. An easy and enjoyable read. Maybe I was on to something. The second one, Cottage by the Sea, took me a few more nights but I was just as engaged. I am going to order a few more for pick up. Who knows, I might become a reader again.
Something Treasured. Like I mentioned (um, multiple times….here, in other posts and on my Instagram!!), my son moved a month ago. Hard to believe it has been a month already. I miss him just as much as I predicted – but I have so enjoyed watching all the new things he has done. The hurdles he has overcome, the challenges he has faced and worked through. And the way he is charting his own path. And I love (actually, I treasure) our relationship….and the way he stays in touch with his mama.
Something Ahead. I feel as if I write something similar here each and every month. Something about travel plans – or, more specifically, travel plans that were postponed or totally canceled. Maybe I will jinx myself, but I am hoping that travel plans are once again something ahead. Maybe not until November but that is okay. The planning, discussing, and anticipating are half the fun of any trip. I’ll hold back on the details…because I will be super bummed if these plans don’t work out.
I also mentioned last month that the guest speaker for our church revival was coming from California and I hoped his travel plans did not get interrupted. Well, his flights were all canceled. I should just stop mentioning travel hopes and plans!! We did, however, have a wonderful revival – albeit “plan b” – but the week was a tremendous blessing and encouragement.
I have no idea if you are thumbs up or thumbs down with PSL. Some of you are still in the phase of “feels like summer but I’m telling myself it is fall!” Still others have had so many natural disasters and heartaches to deal with…it doesn’t really matter what season it is. But I pray for those who have been so devastated. Actually, I’m just praying. Praying for our country. Our churches. For the upcoming elections. And the list goes on. So often I have no words. But I can pray. What a privilege and a responsibility!