Fall Is In The Air

My White Dogwood Tree Oct 2013 It won’t be long until my Dogwood is this bright and colorful once again

Autumn. Don’t you just love the smell of the weather change? “Fall is in the air” my dad would say when the temperatures begin to change.

Although autumn doesn’t start until Sept 21, for me it starts with the first day of school. My children are grown now but it doesn’t stop me from feeling the excitement of seeing back to school supplies, children shopping for school clothes and the memory of a class room on that first day. Do you remember the smell of the first day of school?

With the coming of September I welcome the change from the slower pace of summer to the hustle and bustle of church and school activities.

It is interesting how each season has its own distinct qualities.

Winter is a time to curl up with good books in front of my fireplace (it is an electrical one but still a fireplace!) while enjoying a hot cup of British blends teas. Winter is also a good time to get caught up on all those sewing projects I have lying around. Who can resist that first snowfall that blankets our world?

Spring refreshes my world with hope as I watch earth’s slumber awaken with the signs of spring; new growth, spring flowers, baby bunnies and all of the birds returning from their southern journey. Spring is also the opportunity to indulge in spring cleaning as I clean out my closets and freshen up the house. Don’t you love the smell of the house that has just been scrubbed with Pine Sole as the window curtains flutter in the spring breeze?

Summer is set aside for vacations, working around the house and lazy days on the deck. The dog days of summer brings relaxation and enjoying good old-fashioned southern ice tea in front of my air conditioner. Who can remember laying down on the grass, watching the clouds float by and daydreaming of your future?

Oh but Autumn ~ my favorite time of year. The air is not only cooler after the lazy hot days of late summer, but it is brisk, fresh, and clean. Our mountains come alive in the colors of autumn, gold, russet, brown and orange. The smell of chalk boards and freshly copied paper from an old mimeograph machine permeates my mind. To this day I still enjoy buying new clothes in August and enjoy opening up a new notebook just waiting to be filled. Who remembers the anticipation of the first day of school?

Today as an adult my routine in Fall takes a different direction. Instead of getting ready for school, I prepare for committees and activities after a restful summer. My office is also busy as the committees of the Presbytery return from their summer breaks, new pastors move in and other pastors move on. The Presbyterian Church is also ready to start-up doing what they do best – helping others.

And that is where the next chapter in my life is taking me ~ helping others ~ as I anticipate the new challenges God has called me to.

I will be serving on a mission committee at church. We will have our first meeting next week as we find ways to help those in need both locally and in different parts of the world.

Then there is my term as the Historian for the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Trinity. This year I will also serve not only as Historian but on their mission board. In addition I will also be undertaking the job of webmaster of their webpage. This is a story for a different time, because I did not see that one coming and walked right into volunteering to take over! But it is a challenge I welcome and will enjoy. I look forward to working with the person who set it up. (If you are reading this A.T. I thank you for this opportunity)

The biggest challenge has been to accept the responsibility of a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) group leader. I have been in leadership for a few years but not as a group leader. We had our first class night and God has blessed me with a wonderful group of ladies. I look forward to not only seeing where God will lead me but where He will lead the class as we study about Moses together.

Regardless if I buy school supplies or office supplies or if I purchase clothes for work instead of for school I will always anticipate the new challenges that autumn brings.

What do you look forward to in autumn?

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The Seasons

Seasons 4

Beauty in white

Snow falls silently

Winter peace

Seasons 1

Spring green

Clear skies

Awakens the earth from slumber

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Kites in flight

Warm ocean breeze

Summers delight

Seasons 2

Autumn Skies

Blue yet gray

Casting winter shadows

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

When I saw the weekly photo challenge I knew I had the right picture for it .  So I searched high and low and could not find the original pictures on disk.  Of course I will find them once I post this picture!

So I took the picture I had framed off my wall and went to scan them, but for some reason my new photo program really highlights the pictures and I have yet to figure out how to tone them down.  So I did the next best thing, I took a photo of the photographs.

The pictures are from one of my Lilac bushes.  I took the series during a time in my life that I was experiencing an emotional winter and needed to be reminded that spring will be coming soon bringing renewal followed by summer which would bear fruit from my hardships and eventually autumn would return to prepare me once again for a winter season. 

The picture is not as perfect as what hangs on my wall, but since it is a picture of a picture I guess it is not too bad.

Changing Seasons
Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer

Autumn in my backyard

We will be returning from our cruise today and through the wonderful world of technology I was able to schedule my autumn photos.  I want to thank you for your indulgence as I shared my favorite season with you.  It was fun looking through my pictures and reliving some happy times traveling around Pennsylvania before we left for another adventure.  

As my DH {dear husband} and I get older our adventures are slowing down and it takes longer to recuperate when we return than it does to prepare to go!  But it is a good tired as we return back to our normal schedule.  A tired that lets us know we accomplished something, a tired that reminds us we are indeed young at heart and a tired that also rejuvenate our souls.

Today I will show you autumn in my backyard, where I rest in solitude and enjoy the brisk autumn twilight as winter approaches to coat our earth in the purity of white snow.

Autumn Trees

As I looked through my pictures I came across some beautiful fall trees.  I relate my Christian faith to God’s creation and trees have always symbolized God’s power and strength in my life.  As they stand tall and regal reaching toward heaven, God’s glory shines in their entire splendor.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
Along the Susquehanna River
Lake Erie outside our cabin 2010
After the summer storms
Off the beaten path

Autumn in Wellsboro

These fall pictures were taken in Wellsboro, PA a few years ago.  Wellsboro is the home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  It doesn’t matter what season when you visit Wellsboro in Northern Pennsylvania, you will experience nature at its best.

Cowanesque Lake
Autumn Harvest
Lake View Lodge
Eagle sighting from our train through Tioga County
Tioga County – picture taken from our train window
Ye old country church

Autumn in Pennsylvania

The next few posts I hope you indulge me in my love of autumn.  I would like to share some pictures of the area around where I live.

These pictures were taken in Dushore PA, which is where my sister lives.  I love taking pictures around her house.  As I mentioned before  we call the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania “God’s Country”. 

Sit back and enjoy the fall foliage of Pennsylvania.  Actually this is the early part of fall, I hope to catch some of the peak season before the rain and wind blow it all away. 

Blessings~

It is moments like this that I wish I had a better camera.  These pictures were taken with a basic Cannon Digital 35 mm.