It is true that our weather has made that yearly irreversable turn. A couple of killing frosts have taken the last of the growing vegetables in the garden. We have a lot stored up, but no more fresh beans or zucchini for us this year.tree4And on an exceptionally warm evening, cocktail hour may be held on the porch one last time, but for the most part it takes place indoors now.tree1The hummingbirds left a month ago. The geese are flying south and the robins are gone. Yard work requires wearing a warm sweatshirt. We even had some snow last week. tree2Still, there are compensations that make it all worth it.tree3As I was taking these photos a couple mornings ago, it occured to me that this time last year, I was sending a photo of this very tree to Lauren. It has always been a favorite of hers and I wanted to send her a little taste of home. She was in Iraq, which long time readers will remember, but newer ones may not know. I didn’t dare think ahead to the time when she would be home, just being thankful for each day that brought her return closer. Thinking about it now, I am blessed right down to my socks that this morning she is at home in Georgia, probably baking bread, as she is enjoying a strong dose of domesticity while Steve finishes school. That, my friends, is compensation.

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10 Responses to Compensations

  1. Ashleigh says:

    You’re killing me with those beautiful colors and leafs.

    don’t stop. :)

  2. Ashleigh says:

    err. that should be LEAVES. my bad. :P

  3. CM says:

    Oh stop it! … I don’t’ like getting tears in my eyes while I’m at work … and I have to fake like there’s something in my eye! : )

    Thanks for posting something I’ve been eagerly waiting for … some beautiful fall pictures!

  4. Compensation, indeed. Beautiful shots…

  5. carlac says:

    pretty pretty pretty

  6. Kate says:

    Well said, my friend. And I remember last year. That was a hard time.

  7. Donalyn says:

    LOL Ashleigh!

    CM – it has not been our prettiest fall – too much rain knocking all the leaves off the trees before they get turned really nice.

    Thanks MentalP – you were right there with me, I know. {{{hugs}}}

    carla – so glad you like them :)

    Kate – another one who stood alongside me – {{{hugs}}} to you too.

  8. ellyn says:

    It sure is.

    Love the leaves.

  9. Laura says:

    I so recall last years photos… and counting the days till she was home :) where is she in Ga… I am sure you have told me at some point in time…
    Hugs Laura

  10. Kara says:

    I just found your blog today, but I will definitely return for more visits. It is very nice!

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