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When I lived in East Texas, I had lots of Eastern bluebirds visit my garden. They don’t visit me here, so I enjoy looking at the Eastern bluebird on the cover of this book displayed on my coffee table. 

It has rained the past few days and cooled off a bit, for which I’m very grateful. 

I still haven’t started the wall project. It usually isn’t a good idea to start something like this in very humid weather.

And frankly, I’m using that as an excuse too. Because I’m not anxious to start this particular project. Ugh!

So I’m enjoying the cooler weather and trying not to look at the wall with its gooey mess. And when I sit here on my couch, it is behind me, so it’s easier to put out of my mind.

 

 

From time to time I go out on the patio and take in the beauty of the Sedum Autumn Joy with its resplendent rusty blossoms.

 

 
With the recently cooler weather this week, I’m seeing new growth on some of the other plants, as in the daisy above. I love to watch the petals unfold.

 

 
The chocolate mint smells so wonderful as it winds and meanders between the pots and plants. I guess the insects don’t much like it, as the leaves aren’t as eaten up as many of the other plants.

 

 

Take time if you can to enjoy these changes in nature. 

The wonderful thing about seasonal weather is being able to watch the daily ebbs and flows of your garden. I feel so calm as I walk among the container plants on the patio. Watching the birds. The subtle fading of the tree leaves. 

So much to enjoy. 

I think of the utter devastation in Puerto Rico. The people scrounging for food and water. Walking miles for just a bit of gas for generators. And sweating through their days without the benefit of power for air conditioning.

Such a horrible tragedy that has affected so many in so short a time.

And I realize I have much to be grateful for.



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  1. Brenda, you certainly have mastered the art of container gardening! What is the plant in the photo above the petunia photo? It is absolutely exquisite. I want one!

    And you are right, those of us who are not in the middle of a natural disaster like in Texas certainly do have a lot to be grateful for. I will probably have to sell my house in a few months. There's not any way I want to move out of the house or the wonderful neighborhood, but money dictates it. Sometimes I feel so sad and grim about it, yet, all in all, I do have many things to be grateful for and I try to focus on those instead of what feels like a devastating loss to me. It's the only way to stay sane and healthy–focus on the positive as much as you possibly can. Plus, remember that the word "devastating" is relative.

  2. It just cooled off here as well! 45 degrees this morning but up to 73 or so in the afternoon. Changing clothes all day long 🙂 I never even knew that there WAS a chocolate mint.

    I have been thinking / praying about Puerto Rico constantly. It's so horrific what has happened to them and what they are going through and sadly, the response was not well-thought out on this one. Having the Navy ship Comfort JUST leaving now when it should have been ordered to prepare for deployment the day the hurrican hit.
    Small amount of military there…
    What's been going on NOW is due to people such as Clinton and General Honore saying what should be done / should have been done.
    NOTE: They DID NOT SAY to pick a fight with the NFL…

  3. My garden is my retreat. After walking my dog, I went out to the garden. During the fall is when I try to do most transplanting. I lose complete awareness of time. My friends were hollering over the fence for me. It is Friday tea time. They know where to seek me if I don't answer the door! It is a lovely day. I know how you feel. Have a grand day Brenda.

  4. Hi Brenda~

    I love the changing of the seasons. I don't think I could live somewhere where it was always summer…not for me. The flowers do love the cooler temperatures don't they? I planted a few mums in May, after, Memorial Day, and they are just loving the cooler weather, blooming like crazy!

    Your last blog post about, blogging, was wonderful! I don't blog for money, but, it sure did open my eyes to some very important blogging facts that all bloggers should think about. Thank you for posting it.

    Have a great week-end, Brenda!

    Hugs,
    Barb

  5. SO FAR A DELIGHTFUL DAY HERE IN KANSAS. IT'S 67 AND NICE BREEZE.
    WAS WONDERING IF MY BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS WILL BE MORE ACTIVE TODAY, WHEN A JUVENILE CARDINAL LANDED ON THE WINDOW LEDGE, THAT HAS SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND SHELLED PECANS ON IT. I KNOW IT'S A JUVENILE BECAUSE THE BEAK IS STILL DARK.
    TRY NOT TO STRESS TOO MUCH ABOUT YOUR WALL PROJECT. HAVE A GOOD DAY.
    SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS.

  6. Your pictures are so enjoyable to view. And yes, we all have so much to be grateful for.

    My son in law works for FEMA and is presently in Houston inspecting damaged homes, and he says it is a real eye opener. He has inspected poverty stricken areas and he had never seen how true poverty stricken people live. He has a new appreciation for his beautiful home on 10 acres in the hidden area where he resides.

  7. Your garden is beautiful. I am so glad to see you are still blogging away. I took a very long break from blogging to let my life changes settle in. I missed out on so much of what you are doing but it looks like you have a new home. Hope you and the pups are well. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. IT'S 57 HERE IN KANSAS AS I WRITE THIS, RAIN AND COOLER TEMPS HAVE BEEN A DELIGHT. MY ROSES ARE BLOOMING NICELY, THE BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS SEEM TO BE ENJOYING THE BREAK IN TEMPS ALSO. WHEN IT IS SO HOT, I ONLY SEE THEM AT THE FEEDERS EARLY MORNINGS AND LATE AFTERNOONS.
    I HAVE MISSED WATCHING THEM THROUGHOUT THE DAY, HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT MORE TODAY.

    TRY NOT TO STRESS OVER YOUR WALL SITUATION. GLAD TO KNOW YOU ARE MANAGING TO HOLD OFF TACKLING IT, EVEN IF THE HUMIDITY IS A BIG DECIDING FACTOR FOR YOU.
    ENJOY THE COOLER WEATHER AND
    SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS

  9. Yes my thoughts exactly Brenda, I have much to be thankful for too. I feel terrible if I grumble now over little things which really are of no consequence.

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