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Autumn Thanks
November 11, 2019


Welcome to January in November.

That said, This past Saturday was a blessing.

Temperatures were in the low 40's F. and a day of nothing but full sunshine.

A pause to thank all of our 'Veterans', for their service and sacrifice.

Because of them and our current military personnel, I am able to sit here and write this letter (and much, much more).

Do pause and thank our 'Veterans'.

All is well around here, a bit busy but that is to be expected.

My girls are fine, and all the fur kids are doing well also.

Check out Karen's 'Meyer Lemon'.

It was a twig three years ago (mail order).

Other than her African violets, I end up caring for all her other plants.

It is a learning process.

You will see pictures of the same plant with ripe lemons, half grown green ones, a few marble sized and blooms.

All at the same time.

Also pictured is a robin or two enjoying some late season Viburnum berries

I think I am finally done with fall clean up and putting things to bed for winter.

In light of the season, I want to pause and give some thanks for well, Autumn.


You may know that Autumn isn't my favorite time of year as the days grow shorter and the growing season comes to and end.Toss in some snow..................

You get the idea.

That said, every year I grow and learn to appreciate all the seasons and Fall is no exception.

Without the change of seasons,
we wouldn't appreciate Spring and Summer now would we.

Most years Autumn will bring a slow down in personal activities and that gives me a chance to enjoy the outdoors more.

Autumn brings migration of birds and Monarch butterflies.

I get a chance to see birds I wouldn't see otherwise.

Autumn brings fresh air.

Cool , crisp fresh air that has a smell all its own (Karen likes to hang clothes outside just for this reason).

I like to feel the warmth of the sun beating on me on a cool day (kind of like a warm and cool thing all at once).

The dew as it sparkles on a well designed spider web.

The sky seems more blue doesn't it?

Fall colors seem to top many lists and I do enjoy the colors (especially this year).

Because of where we sit in the Milky Way Galaxy, and along with cleaner air, fall and winter are best for star gazing.


(A male Dark-eyed junco near Keet's grave.)

20 plus foot waves on some of the Great Lakes, as they crash into the pier and shore on a windy November day.

Rare swims in the Big Lake in early Autumn.

Robins come back for a spell.

It becomes chili making season.

Stoking the fireplace on a cool and damp evening.

The last blooms of Fall.

Petting Bumble bees.

Sun Dogs.

(A November cloudy sky.)

On a pleasant evening, certain insects come out and play their songs one more time.


The World Series.

Fall nature walks offer me a chance to see several bird nests in trees and shrubs that have dropped their foliage.

Sitting on the deck (day or night) with your jacket on, a good cup of coffee and your wife.

We can do this now as the mosquitoes or wasps aren't around to bother us.

Karen enjoys the colors, apple orchards and pumpkins.

She likes to decorates for the fall season.

I take the girls for evening walks (most nights).

Snickers is the little lady, walking so prim and proper (trained).

Brandy the Poodle Pup is still wild and rambunctious.

It is almost like I'm two different people, calm with one arm, while the other is swinging all over the place with Brandy.

She loves to pounce on anything that moves, like wind blown leaves.

She reminds me of my old girl little Akita (doggie heaven this past February), in that way.

Even in animals, God pours out his personality.

Pictured is a robin reaching for a berry and the second picture shows the berry in her bill.

Yes, there are many things to look for if we try.

No longer do I claim gloom and doom about fall like I once did.

Life would be pretty miserable and the positive thoughts of the week would be null and void wouldn't they?

Life should be a learning and growing experience every day and every season of the year.

God made everything for us to enjoy and we need to learn to appreciate what is around us.

We may get angry with squirrels, but appreciate and marvel at their abilities.

Wow, at a sunset or rainbow.

Learn why things are the way they are.

Yes, Autumn can teach you and me how to grow.

Appreciate, admire, and be thankful.

Autumn can also make me wish for Spring, and that makes me appreciate Spring even more.

November and December can bring days and days without sunshine and that can be rough.

That is always a challenge, but I have learned to take this in stride (most days), and look ahead.

Yes, I give thanks to our 'Veterans' and to the changing seasons and all they have to offer.

I hope you do too.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“to love is to risk, not being loved in return.To hope is to risk pain. to try is to risk failure.But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in my life is to risk nothing.”

Leo Buscaglia

Here is what Jesus had to say.

"A new command I give you:
Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.

John 13:34

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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