On the Monday After

Another weekend is in the books, so how was yours?

Because my wife “no ballroom” for two weeks instructions from the doctor, we stayed home on our normal dance night to open a bottle of good wine and watch a movie. Saturday was full with a funeral visitation, a contractor at the house, handbell rehearsal, and the church’s 50th anniversary celebration event, Saturday flew by.

The handbell piece premier was only acceptable – mainly because we played in a big room that is acoustically dead – a real sound killer! However, we had three good rings Sunday morning!

In this past post featuring a fall-colors walk in my neighborhood,  many JMapleTwocommented about our fiery Japanese Maple. It’s transition is in progress, so this image is from Saturday when we could see the transition with hints of green, deep maroons, and brilliant reds. (But this pic didn’t capture it as I hoped.) Interestingly, we could see more change on Sunday.

Many thanks for the testimonials. I hope to publish the new subpage sometime this week. Many thanks … and for others, I’m still taking them here.

Upcoming celebration notes for your calendar

  • (Week) Split Pea Soup Week, Fig Week
  • (Mon) Candy Day, Job Action Day, Chicken Lady Day, Traffic Directors Day, Use Your Common Sense Day (sadly, that has to be promoted)
  • (Tues) Doughnut Day
  • (Wed) Nachos Day, Saxophone Day, Marooned without a Compass Day
  • (Thurs) Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, Gin Day, Men Make Dinner Day, Hug a Bear Day, Magazine Day

My favorite pro hockey team is the St. Louis Blues. Many of you also realize there is also a song of that name. Plus, it is also fitting as the city’s baseball Cardinals caused fans to sing the blues for losing the World Series. For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy the St. Louis Blues – but done in a quirky way. Have a good week.

On a Fall Walk

Blogging allows reading to see images from around the world. Regarding of one’s hemisphere, fall brings beautiful colors – the only question is the timing.

I recently took a walk in my neighborhood to capture some local color. Besides, Robin always hosts a fall walk (for which I’m late posting) and Raye showed us some fall colors from Portland, Oregon as part of a challenge. Hope you enjoy a walk in my neighborhood from suburban Cincinnati, Ohio.

Some leaves await my next pass …and many more yet to fall …
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… as several remnants of summer remain in our Clematis ….
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… yet Spirea is still strong as it transitions to winter sticks …
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… Fruit Gum tree leaves are starting to turn in the front yard …
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… in time, this Burning Bush will be a ball of brilliant red …
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… and the future will deliver this Japanese Maple to us … but not yet …

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… walking the neighborhood provides an array of natural colors …
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… as I encounter a seasonal Welcome Center …
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…. and other human creations …
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… yet the summer green still frames nature’s fall colors …
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… while wildflowers do their part …
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… as framing continues as I round the corner and head for home …
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… where roses are still hanging on …

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… but more leaves await still wait for my next pass … and more to come from above.
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As Debra would say, I hope this gave you a chance to breathe lighter. Thanks for strolling along with me. Any favorites?

On the Gift of Images

Whether it be a beautiful site, a moment in time, a human emotion, or whatever, images can capture so much. Below is my first gift of the season – simply a few sites with pictures. Feel free to share links of other sites in the comments.

Flickr gallery Lights in the Dark and its blog page provide outstanding images of space.

I said this on more than one occasion, but I’m in awe when viewing images at the Hubble Gallery and the European Southern Observatory.

I bookmarked this images a few months ago of the hidden beauty of a no-longer-used NYC subway station.

The stills captured by high speed cameras are wonderful.

Consider trolling around the National Geographic Photo Contest page.

I look forward to Joe’s weekly post about the ordinary in life, but here’s his professional page.

If you have a special images site you would like to share, please do so.

Meanwhile, since many of us have been in the grips of cold weather, here’s a flashback to the colors of this fall … the Japanese Maple in front of our home.

What will be tomorrow’s gift of the season? Please return to find out.