Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thankful Tuesday--October 21, 2014

I am thankful for silver linings.

For the past few days, I have been spending time with my mother in the hospital. There were many difficult parts to this situation, but there were many good parts also. Here are some of the silver linings to the clouds we encountered.

--First, an unclaimed suitcase (possible terrorist attack) shut down the hospital that was only an hour and a half away for my mother, so she had a difficult ambulance ride three hours away instead. However, the longer ride meant that she was in a hospital where she had been before and they had all of her records. 

--There was a frenzied preparation and four hour drive to meet her at the hospital. However, I got to go with my sister instead of alone.  

--It was football weekend in town which meant that the hotel rates quadrupled. However, the hospital had an inexpensive room for us to sleep in during those expensive nights. 

--The football game tailgaters occupied an entire large parking lot on game day making parking for the hospital difficult. However, we got to see the excitement of the crowd, meet the school mascot, and hear the pep band as they prepared for the game. 

--My mother suffered through some very long, difficult tests. However they showed that the problem was getting better.

--We drove my mother home on crooked, mountain roads during which all of us were carsick. However, we got to see beautiful changing leaves. 

There's no place like home.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Second Look--October 15, 2014

Seems like I've been very busy these days--both with some good stuff and with some not so good stuff, but busy enough that my regular routine has been non existent. Among all of the busyness, I've still tried to keep up with both my Second Look posts and my Thankful Sunday posts because I realized that they are very good for me. My stress level goes down as soon as I go outside to see how things have changed during the week. Also, taking time to think about what I am thankful for helps put things in perspective. So without further ado,

Here is this week's Second Look.

This is a volunteer petunia in a pot where I had purple basil planted. It bloomed this week for the first time.


This spider played hide-and-seek with me on this celosia plant. Every time I tried to take its picture, it would scurry around to the other side of the plant.


We had several rainy, cool days and the mushrooms were popping up everywhere.

These mums are not planted in the right spot for maximum blooms, but they are still a colorful addition to an otherwise bare area.

Notice the covering brown oak leaves behind the Rozanne geranium.

The maple leaves are also starting to fall.

Every year I marvel at how this maple tree loses its leaves from the top down.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thankful Sunday--October 11, 2014

I am thankful for our 
wind chimes.

Yesterday was a chilly, rainy, and breezy day. Just plain dreary you might say.  However, among all of this gloominess, the wind chimes rang out with beautiful sounds. For this, I am thankful.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Second Look--October 8, 2014

Here's what I found this week
 during my Second Look.

A few more mums on this plant are blooming. The other plants are just budding.


I think this group of mushrooms is sprouting on an old tree stump, but I didn't look too closely to find out. The poison ivy that you see in the upper left held me back.

As a nice surprise, I found this sedum blooming.

The dogwood trees are always one of the first to turn in the fall.

Under one of the oaks, I found several freshly eaten acorns.

This day lily hadn't bloom in a while, so I was surprised when I saw this blossom.

In our yard, we usually only see bluebirds during breeding season, so I was very excited when I saw this one the other day. It is a lot fatter than the ones I saw in March.

Granddaddy Long Legs trying to get in.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thankful Sunday--October 5, 2014

I am thankful for gatherings of friends and family.

Yesterday we had a pig roast at my father-in-law's house. Friends and family gathered for tasty food, good music, silly dancing, and fun games. But best of all was the genuine friendship and caring that was shown by each and every person there. For all of this, I am thankful.