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.