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Memories, Seasons and Holidays

Here in the upper plains states it's definitely turning into fall. The leaves are turning color with beautiful, brilliant colors of golds and reds. Temperatures are already plummeting down into the 30's and 40's at night and our forecast already has us in a deep freeze warning for tonight! Crops of beans are showing a golden hue on the tops and the corn is drying to a delicate color of pale amber.

It's amazing what we can see in nature as it takes us from one season to the next. The flowers of summer are now in the past and the birds are gathering to soon start their journey south. The squirrels are hurrying to hourd nuts and other goodies to make sure they have plenty of food for the winter. To think just a few days ago we were enjoying temperatures of almost 90 degrees and wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts. With the chill in the air now a person gets goosebumps just going outside without a jacket.

Soon we'll be seeing children all dressed up in their costumes excited to go trick or treating. Houses decorated with Jack'O'Lanterns, Ghosts, Bats, Witchs and much more. We might even be seeing snow on the ground already with the weather turning so quickly this year. They'll be all excited about filling their pumpkin buckets full of candy and goodies and racing from house to house to see all the fun Halloween decorations. Doesn't it bring memories back of when we were kids ourselves doing just the same thing? It's enough to fill our heart with pride and love to see them, small "mini me's" of us or our own children if it's our grandchildren that we're taking trick or treating.

Then of course the next thing you know it will be Thanksgiving. The holidays creep up on us so fast! Family get-togethers and parties, seeing loved ones we haven't seen all year. The weather of course hopefully stays nice so those who have to travel have safe roads to drive on. By now the trees have mostly lost their leaves, the grass has turned a dull shade of brown but we still have a gorgeous blue sky. This is why I believe we have turned to decorating our homes and yards with the the most colorful and bright holiday decorations. It helps to cheer us up and also starts to bring around the holiday mood. No Thanksgiving would be complete without bright oranges, greens and yellow. Ears of indian corn made into bright displays. More of those same fall leaves, whether they are real and have been dried or if they are silk, the fall colors help to keep us in the Thanksgiving mood to celebrate with our families.

Off to Christmas with snow covered ground! Yes, I know. Not everyone has the luxery like we do here to have a white Christmas. Believe me if you've never actually seen or experienced a real white Christmas it's something you should try at least once in your lifetime. Waking up Christmas morning to a fresh glistening white snowfall is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see. An evergreen tree standing proud out the window with its branches laden with snow. A doe in the middle of the yard like a statue but as real as can be. The red and green of Christmas decorations stand out against the white of the new snow with a contrast to startling there really are no words to describe it, you just have to see it with your own eyes.

Well, I hope I've got you all in the mood for the change of seasons and the holidays. Dream, imagine, hope and love. Live life to the fullest, take your family and friends into your hearts and arms and don't let them go. Sometimes you just have to take a breath of life. I hope this helps you do just that.

I also know it's not the holidays yet but I wanted to share this picture of our home with you from past holidays.

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Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | September 14th 2011 at 1316062047

Love that picture and I absolutely love this time of the year. It stinks a little that I live in AZ so I don't really get the seasonal feel, but I do make sure it feels like Christmas, joy in every store. :) Thanks for sharing.
sacredheartrosaries | September 14th 2011 at 1316062966

LOL, Tricia... you made me laugh... boy, them birds flying south are gonna get a rude awakening when they get here! We broke records yesterday at 106F! They are telling us we will not see anymore 100+ temps for the rest of the year... well, being in the middle of September, I hope not! As for white Christmases... glad you enjoy them... I think they are overrated... LOL! But, then again, I grew up on isolated military bases in places without snow; so, I can count the number of snowy Christmases I have experienced on one hand. I don't miss'em! LOL! Surprisingly, some of those white Christmases were here in north Texas. I have the pics to prove it! Of course, some Christmases were ice covered instead of snow. Change of seasons this year will be from hot and dry to, hopefully, cooler and rainy. Oooo, we had a drop of rain this morning... LOL! Our trees have not had leaves since the end of July! LOL We do have beautiful blue skies, though. I loved your blog! You sound so anxious and giddy... your inner child is glowing all about you! ;)
sacredheartrosaries | September 14th 2011 at 1316063015

oops... btw... it's me... Robyn/paws4critters
twysp2 | September 14th 2011 at 1316063079

Thanks for the great blog Tricia....and the seasons. California coast does not have the snow we have to go aways to see it. I have been doing Christmas project for a couple of months now so I hope I do not have burn out by the time it arrives. I love the season and everything that goes with it.
Tuckerstuff | September 14th 2011 at 1316063859

Living in Hawaii for 14 years, if I want snow, I can drive up to the mountain peaks where the observatory is to enjoy it in the winter months. Some people load up their pickup trucks with snow and build snowmen on the coastlines in the sun. They usually last about 20 minutes, and is really odd to see when they do it. A snowman in the tropics. I always think of Frosty melting in the hot house.
Gens Variety
Gens Variety | September 14th 2011 at 1316064498

Tuckerstuff, I hate to say it but that's just not the same as a white Christmas! Last year we had over 80 inches of snow, which of course was well over my head. While yes it's a pain to clear off the roads, etc. it's beautiful to see especially at holiday time and seems to create a special magic in the air. I can't say anyone likes the mess it can make but most do like the good from it.
Tuckerstuff | September 14th 2011 at 1316065100 - in reply to gensvariety

No, definitely not the same as a White Christmas. I miss the Fall turning of the leaves probably the most. We have two seasons here, "Summer" and "Surfer" (that would be during the winter months, the waves are bigger). Sometimes we have a "Rainy" season, but usually is not as bad as some storms I've been through back in the states.
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | September 15th 2011 at 1316104318

I love the change of seasons! I just wish they wouldn't happen so fast - must be my age! LOL!
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | September 15th 2011 at 1316127996

The holidays do come upon us fast. I love fall, but not winter with the snow and ice.
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | September 15th 2011 at 1316128299

oh, me too.......... living in Las Vegas, we don't really have the changing of season -- what I miss the most is when the leaves all turn colors in the Fall. I grew up in NY and I remember those beautiful Fall foliage displays.........

Last year a friend sent me some silk autumn leaves to dress up my office.... that was nice, but not the same thing.

I don't miss the snow that much -- I can always go up to Mount Charleston - 15 minutes drive away, and there's all the snow I could want -
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BeewitchingItems | September 19th 2011 at 1316434677

What a beautiful blog, thank you!! Christmas is my favorite time of the year

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