Monday, September 25, 2017

Hurry on and live...

 "The dying is a part of the renewal and the colors are calling out to us to live. Hurry on and live."
I often quote Alexandra Stoddard, who wrote the beautiful words above.  I have Alexandra's Grace Notes on my desk, so when I need some inspiration, it is always close by.
 My dearest was away, and I busied myself with all kinds of diversions, but when he returned we headed to the city to pick up our girls.  Friday in the city is the worst traffic day.  We drove the expressway to Chicago, but then Honey avoided the highway and headed home via the Lake.  We went to our favorite beach for a romp in the water on a 90 degree day.
 We surprised the baby grand by picking her up at school, time has flown and Penny keeps growing and changing.  Seems like yesterday when her Mom Kristen was her age. These girls, my heart overflows with Love for them both.
 I tied Penny's dress  (which was already wet;-) and she was wild about the waves and the sand.
 A beautiful September day to remember. We had the nicest time so tranquil and soothing.
 The beach has eroded since the beginning of the summer.  There are deep trenches and wavy lines
across the beach, and a steep drop off at waters edge.
 What a great day for sailing.  It was picture perfect.
 My happy traveler, needed some fresh air and some time with his favorite girls.
The sun was starting to set, so we went home for dinner and a movie.
Pizza and Captain Underpants!
(No, that's not my husband, but a funny cartoon.)
The girls came home to see the cousins who were visiting.
So much happiness fills the house when we are all together.

 Back at the garden, a SECOND crop of lavender!  This has never happened.  We had the bittersweet vine cut back to the ground and now the sunlight floods the side of the house all day.
 This was in the evening just before sunset, and the bees were still working.
 "I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud's illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all."  Joni Mitchell
Can't see clouds without that song in my head.
 Sunset comes just too quickly in the Fall.
 Taking inventory of the trees in the neighborhood on our evening walk. This oak is just starting to show some color.
 The Ginkgo hasn't dropped a leaf.
 I grew up never seeing a ginkgo in the city.  Then one day in our old neighborhood in the city, I found a ginkgo leaf.  I walked all along the block, looking for the tree.  I found it in the Convent garden, towards the back. It was like finding a treasure.  That beautiful convent (The home of the Sisters of the Holy Family) and that garden are no longer there on our old block.  The chapel faced the street and the stained glass windows were lovely.  I did visit the convent a few times, but never got up the nerve to ask to see the chapel. Funny the memories a tree can bring back.
 My neighbor Peggy has the prettiest geraniums.
 Another oak, this one a pin oak, an Illinois native.
 This tree is a Larch.  Larches are conifers, but unlike other coniferous trees, sheds it's leaves during the autumn.
 They have strange leaves and unusual cones.  I've never seen another one in our neighborhood.
 I'll spare you from another verse...
 A sweet statue in our neighbor's new garden.
 All of the leaves are gone from our honey locusts, the first trees to turn and fall.

We still have apples to pick and pumpkins to hunt.  
Let the the fall festivities begin!

Thanks for stopping by and for your friendship.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

1 comment:

Lynne said...

A lake visit and splash in this late September heat must have been refreshing!
Wonderful photos . . .
I love this time of the year . . .
Thank you for the October warm up!