The Essence of Autumn: So tasty!

Shall we say goodbye to August? In just a few more days we’ll be flipping the pages of the calendar and looking at colorful leaves, some bubbling brooks or maybe a basket full of apples. The calendar tries to ease us ever so slowly into the next month. You probably know by now that Autumn is my favorite of all the seasons (so favorite that it needs to be capitalized!)

I love the colors, smells and sounds that nature releases and the cool morning air and chilly nights.

I smile at the wilting plants, herbs gone to seed and unpicked goodies.

I welcome the new apples, laden with juice and flavor.Honeycrisp apples

I picked apples last week. This year Colorado had a bumper crop of apples, pears, peaches … you name it! I visited an orchard and picked to my heart’s content. As I was driving to the weight station, I found another stand of trees just begging me to pick, pick, pick! And, I did. The Honeycrisp apples are small this year but the flavor just drips out of them. Trust me on that one.

Thirty two pounds later I am happy to say I am eating 3-4 apples per day. I also plan to go back and get more. I can put some in my freezer, make applesauce, or give them away.  To me, apples are the essence of Autumn.

Soon the Western Slope Peaches from Palisade, Colorado will be delivered to our community and my oh my … Move over apples!  There will be no room in the fridge for anything else and that’s ok!

Palisade Peaches – Colorado 

Notes from the Universe

Every day I receive a Note from the Universe – TUT. They usually make me smile and when I scroll way to the bottom, there is usually one more statement for me. Here is what made me smile today …

Marge, have I ever told you about, “The Law of Relevance”?

It goes like this, “No matter how scared, or tired, or ill you are; no matter how lost, or confused, or desperate you become; no matter how lonely, depressed, or cranky you feel… if you just do what you can, with what you have, from right where you are, IT WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH.”

Pretty good odds, huh?

Your legal beagle,
The Universe

Thoughts become things… choose the good ones! ®
© www.tut.com ®

Marge, do you think “cranky” should have been used like that?

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Fading away…

Have you noticed that summer seems to be fading away? In the early morning I need a long- sleeved shirt to keep me warm!

Red maple leafI love the change of seasons especially when it is a gently unfolding. When the leaves turn and slowly fall instead of a heavy wet snow to tear down the branches still filled and glorious.

I love living in a region with four seasons.

I love the smell of warm leaves.

In Colorado, the autumn consists mainly of gold aspen. It took me a LONG time to appreciate this splendor and stop comparing it to the beauty of Upstate NY.

I adore the cool mornings and evenings.

Have you even stood in a forest and watched the autumn leaves fall? It’s the best!

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing and a reason to hope…

 This will make you smile and offer a ray of hope (esp after my last depressing post about our politicians.) I hope you enjoy it – I found it on Boomer-Living. Be sure to share it with others if you like it!

Boomer Living
http://www.boomer-livingplus.com/article/performance_of_the_week_where_the_hell_is_matt

The Decent Thing To Do

I’ve noticed that when something terrible happens people band together and help each other. During the horrible September 11 attacks in NY the nation came together. They hugged, cried and connected. On September 12 no airplanes entered our airspace. Flags flew. People talked. We showed the best side of ourselves. We were vulnerable and we allowed it to show.

On July 20, 2012 Colorado suffered another round of sadness when a shooter entered a midnight showing of The Dark Knight in Aurora and proceeded to shoot and wound unsuspecting patrons. What followed was more care, love, concern and kindness.

Even our politicians did something unusual and generous – they withheld playing the campaign ads that assault us each time we turn on the television. Someone decided that Colorado was dealing with enough pain and abuse and didn’t need more harassment from our presidential candidates as they point fingers, promise the moon and spend outrageous amounts of money that could be used in a million different ways.

“Nearly 700 independent political groups have poured more than $187 million into 2012 campaigns nationwide so far, according to FEC records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. More than $41 million of that has come from groups that disclose only a limited amount of information about their donors, or none at all.” (CNN) http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/18/politics/campaign-finance/index.html

This is the thing … I know who I am going to vote for. You know who you are going to vote for. We don’t need to wait until Election Day to decide whether we want Obama or Romney. We could go to the polls today and pull the lever.  Instead money will be wasted as we dread the phone calls, as we are bombarded with newspaper and magazine ads, we will hit the mute button on our televisions and oh yes … have to deal with banners on the internet.

The newest campaign ads SHOUT that Romney is a demon or perhaps Obama demonizes …. what?   Have you seen that ad yet?

What will make this stop and go away? How much more abuse do we have to put up with before November? If we actually had a cap on spending for each election then all the PAC money in the world wouldn’t matter once the cap was reached. Did you hear they are expecting over $100 BILLION to be spent on this election? Truly, anyone that can WASTE that amount of money has no right to lead our country. ANYBODY LISTENING?

What will make this go away — I think we all know that money and power will only escalate the fiasco that awaits us. Regardless of who wins this election, the majority of American will lose … as if that matters to our politicians.

Can we get money out of politics? (socialistworker.org)
http://socialistworker.org/2012/03/08/can-we-get-money-out-of-politics

Top Super PAC Donors
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/news/economy/1206/gallery.super-pac-donors-politics/index.html

Dark Money
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/29/dark-money-2012-election_n_1708127.html

196 People Control 80% of Super PAC Money
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/07/27/196-people-control-80-percent-of-super-pac-money-who-are-they

Dirty Politics as Usual in the South
http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/01/21/145574138/dirty-politics-as-usual-in-south