What a Month!

Playground.4Hi and Happy October.  I just noticed that I haven’t written at all this month.  Sheesh!  I can’t believe that is the third Monday of the month already.  Where has this time gone?

What have I been doing all month to keep me busy?  Let’s see, celebrating a boy’s birthday, having fall break fun and adventures, shopping, eating out, traveling to North Carolina for work and fun, spending time with family and friends, celebrating my mother’s birthday, watching a few movies, working on items for PTO, and so much more.

We just completed fall break and Ian is now back at school.  We had a great time but I took a break from the computer and just enjoyed being in the moment.  It was nice but also a bit strange.  We also had some computer and Internet issues that prompted some of it.  I did, however, start missing my writing.

I love October.  It is my favorite month of the year.  I got married this month and our son was also born this month.  And, it is the birthday of some other loved ones.  So, it is special. And, I love that it is the first month that actually feels like fall.

We enjoy the change in the weather, the chance to wear fuzzy socks again, jackets in the morning, the shorter days and changes in the colors of the leaves. And there is Halloween candy, dressing up, and baking treats. I also like soups, chili, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin bread, bonfires, football, and baseball playoffs.

All in all, it is a great month and one that I look forward each year.  You may be wondering about today’s photo.  The photo challenge for today is Tree.  I took this photo last fall and thought it would be great for today.  It is very much fall — after the leaves have fallen off the trees.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A fabulous fall break
  • Taking many photos during our time off
  • Having time at home to relax
  • Holiday creamers for my coffee
  • Extra cuddles in the morning
  • Celebrating my loved ones
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Soup for dinner
  • Reading and relaxing
  • The return of our regular routine

I wonder what adventures this week will bring?  I cannot wait to find out.  Have a great one!

Tennessee Sunset


On Saturday night, I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the sunset from my neighborhood in Tennessee. We don’t have a direct view of the sunset or horizon because of the trees.

As my regular readers know, I love sunsets but until now have taken them primarily at the beach in California.

These pictures are quite different but are beautiful in their own way.  I took some at the front of my house and others at the back.

What do you think?  I’d love to see some feedback and comments.


Five Minute Friday – The Majestic Tree

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERATGIF!  I don’t know about you but I am so thankful it’s Friday!

Today I decided to write about Tree, which is the word for today’s Five Minute Friday.5minutefriday

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now Go…

The tree in the above picture is great isn’t it?  It’s tall and losing its leaves since it is fall. But it is what I think of a tree — tall, majestic, fascinating to look at, and always changing.

In that way, trees are like people.  We grow and change, have dignity, and are interesting to look at and learn about.

And, like people, trees come in all shapes and sizes.  There are the Redwoods, which are huge and larger than life.  There are the Bradford Pears, which have flowers and then leaves.  These are lovely but always a lot to clean up after since they drop all of the flowers and then all of the leaves.

And there is the Japanese Maple, which is short yet vibrant with color and one of my favorites.  I also like Fir trees, Birch trees, Willow trees, Palm trees, and Christmas trees as well.

I also think of the tree of life and a family tree.  I am fortunate enough to know about quite a bit of my genealogy since my mother has researched a lot and my grandparents told us a lot about our ancestors.  That is a treasure in itself and something I am grateful to know.

In fact, my mother recently discovered that we have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. This family history is especially special since it’s almost Thanksgiving.  I will write about them another time.

I don’t know about you but I love trees — the shade they provide on a hot day, the back support they provide when you want to sit under one and read, and the special ones that are planted in someone’s memory.

STOP… times up.   I decided to include photos of several trees.  Hope you enjoy these.  These have been taken in a variety of locations — in California, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

To read other postings about the amazing tree, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/11/five-minute-friday-tree./