Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground.

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What the Fall Leaves Teach us about People

After about an hour of hiking, Kibbs and I started thinking about all those different leaves all over the ground.You know, those leaves on the ground are kind of like people.  You see all sorts of shapes, colors, and textures–and they’re all beautiful in their own way!It’s hard to find a perfect leaf. For example, one leaf may have a bunch of different colors. Some have holes in them. Some have broken points. We’ve all got flaws, and it’s not like we the peeps we see on tv with perfect hair and flawless skin.

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 What the Fall Leaves Teach us about Life

It’s kinda like us, isn’t it?Our lives aren’t perfect, our families aren’t perfect…but everything seems to come together on this one beautiful rock called Earth.

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What I’ve been Taught about Fall Leaves

Here’s one more thing about leaves…If you mow them into tiny bits rather than rake them, you’ve nourished your soil with a great source of nitrogen!  I’m one of the few in my neighborhood that doesn’t rake up all the fall leaves.  First of all, they are fun to toss at other family members, the pups like playing in them, I like the music they make under my boots, and I just think they’re really pretty.  So there’s your excuse for not raking this season.  Mow them instead for the sake of your soil.Happy Fall, Y’all!

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Today’s giveaway is Southern Accents Architectural Antiques swag. Woot! Woot!

Hello, Dear Readers,

 

My little WordPress sign tells me that I only have 19 days left on http://www.thewritesteph.com.

I’ll miss my first little blog, but I’ve got a “new and improved” one over at www.sweetgumlife.com.

Be sure to move yourself on over there so I can reach my goal of 500 followers in 2017.

I’m doing bunches of giveaways to (hopefully) keep all of you faithful friends.

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Stephanie

Packing up Christmas Stuff and Avoiding the Post-Christmas Blues

Christmas_decorations.jpgIt’s that time of year when I have to pack our Christmas stuff away after having it out only about three or four weeks.

After all the presents are unwrapped and we’re heading into New Year’s Day, I typically get a big wash of post-Christmas blues.

No fun.

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The bare, naked Christmas tree.

But over the years I’ve found a way to minimize the blues.

I find that if I invite kids over while I’m un-decorating (dis-decorating??) the tree, things are a lot more festive.

Yesterday, we invited a sweet friend over to hang out with Princess Buttercup while I took down the ornaments from the tree.

Her mom stayed a couple of hours and we talked over coffee and caught up on each other’s lives while the girls played. When the mom left to go run errands, I took down the ornaments and enjoyed shrieks of laughter and the sounds of girlish gab.

It made me happy.

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No worries, I’ll get to bring all of these out next year!

A Superior Early Thanksgiving Feast

Another arrangement from Rabbit's Nest Florist and Gifts.

Another arrangement from Rabbit’s Nest Florist and Gifts.

A wind blew in last Friday night, bringing in rain and cold temperatures which didn’t deter Trick-or-Treaters one single bit. We all had a blast!

So today, it’s out with the rain and in November’s beautiful blue skies. I’ve also decided to go sugar-free until Thanksgiving. No, I won’t even indulge in any (more) of Princess Buttercup’s Trick-or-Treat candy.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. There is lots of food and friends, and we get to see family members that we don’t usually see but once or twice a year. Good times.

Actually, I got an early taste of Thanksgiving last week. I went to get an interview with Joey Usery of Superior Heating and Air. The interview was for “Heritage Living,” a community magazine that I write for.

Please note that I don’t get any kind of kick-backs for mentioning small businesses in my blog. But sometimes there are definitely perks in being a writer. Like that day!

Mr. Joey and Miss Cindy serve up some yummies.

Mr. Joey and Miss Cindy serve up some yummies.

Miss Cindy, the office manager at Superior, and her office staff cooked a whole Thanksgiving feast for their crew. And then they invited me to join them in the fun.

A couple of the HVAC crew members on lunch break.

A couple of the HVAC crew members on lunch break.

It felt like Christmas at Aunt Bertha’s and Uncle Otis’s house. Everybody had a paper plate of turkey, dressing (that’s what we call ‘stuffing’ in the south, because we eat it as a side), mashed potatoes, green beans, Milo’s Sweet Tea (I think they’re out of Birmingham), mac-n-cheese, and pies.

Apparently, Miss Cindy had a turkey that she had to cook up so that it wouldn’t go to waste.

Anyway, here’s a shout out to Joey, Miss Cindy, and the rest of the crew at Superior Heating and Air for making me part of the family for a day!

Superior food!

Superior food!

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