It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 30, Book 18



It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past.  Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

Jim Bishop

 Farewell to September days



Such days of autumnal decline hold a strange mystery which adds to the gravity of our moods.  Every step that Time takes imprints upon the fields as they grown brown and bare.

Charles Nodier

This is my last post for the month of September. Time keeps moving on at it’s own pace and in it’s own way, bringing us with it into what used to be the future.  Today is the present and it will soon be our past.

Our September was filled with many days that seemed quite like summer, but we have had a few days that remind us of what is coming and what is coming is colder temps and falling leaves. 


We began this month with a grand Labor Day weekend which was followed by another birthday party.  We were actually celebrating an August birthday in September  I was able to go to this one which always make me happy as too many of my family live far away.  There were a few more September birthdays in our family but they were long distance ones.


I finished up the fall decorating both inside and out.  They will change a bit when November comes as then I’ll add a few for Thanksgiving.

I was able to take another trip to the farm market for fresh fruits and vegetables.  I have several varieties of winter squash to bake and enjoy.  

I said goodbye to one of my beloved uncles and had a funeral to attend.  And one of my grand dogs also crossed the rainbow bridge. He was a joy to all who knew him.  


The Autumn Equinox occurred filling everyone with hope that cooler days would soon be here.  I began my Christmas countdown and started working on the gifts I’ll be making my family for Christmas.  

We had several festivals going on close by and one was our hometown Apple Festival and I got my very first jug of Apple Cider.  I’ve made home made applesauce and enjoyed apple slices dipped in peanut butter.


The trees started our green but are now starting to change.  Slowly but surely they will all fall before winter comes.



Listen!  The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. 
We’ve had our summer evenings, now for October eves!

Humbert Wolfe


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 29, Book 18


In life, you can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle


No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.

Aesop’s Fables

Thanks to a couple of internet friends, I was reminded that we should never forget to be kind.  We often don’t know just what another person may be going through.  A little kindness can go a long way to brightening up someones day. 

Looks can be deceiving and people may seem to be grouchy, hateful and even downright nasty, but we don’t know what they might be going through.  We need to be kind to unkind people, they are the ones that often need it the most.



Kindness is tenderness . Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love.  Kindness is good will.  Kindness says, I want you to be happy.

Randolph Ray

It’s not easy to always be kind, especially when dealing with difficult people.  But kindness matters.  Sometimes the welcoming presence of a simple smile and a friendly hello to others can make a big difference.  A smile can say, I care about you. 

Kindness is a choice we can all choose each and every day.  Remember: No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.



How beautiful a day can be 
When kindness touches it!

George Elliston



Friday, September 28, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 28, Book 18



If life were predictable,it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life’s flavor is is unpredictability.



I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

Anonymous 


I’ve been reading a lot about predictions.  The weather is a big topic this time of year  as we wonder what kind of winter is coming our way.  The truth is that winter will be winter, here in northern Ohio, winter is always cold and always snowy.  Some may be a little worse or a little better, but living where I do, it’s always best to be prepared.

I’ve heard many predictions that were way off base and others that were right on the spot.  I try not to put much faith in any of them.  The weather will be what it is, no matter.


Life is no different than the weather.  Not only is it unpredictable, it shows us a new perspective of the world every day.

Susy Kassem

It’s the same with life, it is never predictable.   If you look at the bright side of it, it’s fun that it’s unpredictable.  If we knew what was going to happen in the future, we wouldn’t be as excited to live another day.

We don’t know what will happen in our lives , good or bad.  One moment things are going great, the next moment things are turned upside down.  Life goes on and we just have to make the best of what we have.



Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 27, Book 18


Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost must be attained.

Marie Curie

Keep your head up!


Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.

Stan Smith

I was raised to believe that I’m special, that I am loved and that I have a special purpose in life, as do we all.  My confidence comes from the belief that I am a child of God. I learned this lesson well at an early age and it’s been something I’ve remembered all my life.

My faith has been and always will be a significant part of my life.  Faith gives life to hope and hope strengthens our faith.   The dictionary shows us that the word confidence means faith or belief.  The Lord is my strength, so I’ve got no excuse to be anything but confident.

I’m not perfect however, and there have been times I’ve let doubt creep in, and needed to renew my faith.  The good news is that it’s something that never goes away.  Faith is always renewable.   I’m still very much a work in progress.


Hold up your head!  You were not made for failure, you were made for victory, go forward with a joyful confidence in that result sooner or later, and sooner or later depends mainly on yourself. 

Anne Gilchrist


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 26, Book 18



The Meaning of True Love
 
It is sharing and caring.
Giving and forgiving.
Loving and being loved.
Walking hand in hand.
Taking heart to heart.
Seeing through each others eyes.
Laughing together.
Weeping together.
Praying together.
And always trusting
And believing
And thanking God
For each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing—
it enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing!

Helen Steiner Rice

have I told you lately how much I love you…


Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Walter Payton

In case I haven’t said it lately:  You are loved! 

When I say I love you, I mean that you are very important in my life and that I’m very thankful for you.

I think it is important to tell those you care about just how much they mean to us before it’s too late.


Love one another you will be happy.  Its as simple and as difficult as that.

Michael Leunig

It isn’t always easy to love each other, we all have faults and different ways of thinking, but I think we can agree that love is a powerful force that overcomes many things.

We all need love in our lives and too often we forget to say, I love you. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.  Sadly there are many that don’t have any love in their lives and have no love to share. Those are the ones that need to hear those three words the most. 


Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 25, Book 18



Laughter is a part of the human survival kit.

David Nathan

Humor is the spice of life.


A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

William James

Having a sense of humor doesn’t mean that you have to be funny, you just have to learn to see the lighter side of things.   It can improve our health and help to diffuse difficult situations.  Humor is a fantastic way to reduce anxiety and stress from your life.  A sense of humor and laughter provides perspective and helps keep thing in balance when life seems unfair.  

Having sense of humor helps us to have have fun despite what life throws at us.  That means we can laugh at life and poke fun at our not so funny situations.  It means that we approach life with a good natured attitude.  It does NOT mean that we use others to get a laugh or we that we laugh when people make fun of others. 

Having a sense of humor helps us to realized that it’s ok to look stupid and to be able to laugh at ourselves.  I came across this prayer by Thomas More that says it all so well.

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that know to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I’,
Grant me O Lord, a senses of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.

May all of us have more laughter and a gracious good humor in our lives!  God is good…All the time!


Humor is a good natured side of a truth.

Mark Twain

Monday, September 24, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 24, Book 18



Every day is my best day; I’m not going to have this moment again.

Bernie Siegel

Living one day at a time…


We know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today.

Sydney Smith

I try to make each day the best day of my life and Monday’s are no different.  Mondays get a bad rap.  Most people say they don’t like them.  It’s often hard to go back to work after a busy weekend.  I’ve had times that I wished the weekend was 3 days and not just 2.  

But the fact is each new day is a gift to be enjoyed.  Just because we didn’t get to do all we wanted to on the weekend, today is another day.  



It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

Margaret Bonnano

Taking each day as it comes and making the most of it, is the best way I’ve found to live.  When we spend too much time worrying about the past or the future we miss out on what is happening today.  This day won’t come again and tomorrow is not guaranteed.  


Nothing is worth more than this day.

Johan Wolfgang von Goethe


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 23, Book 18



The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.

Leonard Norman Cohen

Our attitudes control our lives...


The good news is, that the bad news can be turned into good news when you change your attitude.

Robert H. Schuller

As human beings it’s natural to want to control things but the only thing we can control is how we react.  Our attitudes are a powerful thing.  They say that attitudes  are like our window to the world and it’s our job to keep our windows clean.  Our attitude is one thing we can take control of no matter what the circumstances may be.

We are in charge  of our attitudes.  But we have no control of those of others.  The truth is that most days, I have all I can do to keep myself on track, let alone try to change someone else 

Our attitude is something we get to choose for ourselves. No one else controls what or how we think.  The difference between a good day and a bod day does not depend on what happens but how we handle what happens.


You can’t always control circumstances.  However, you can alsys control your attitude, approach and response.  Your options are to complain or look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.

Tony Dungy

Our attitudes are so important in life because our attitudes determine our actions and our actions determine our outcomes.  What we find in our lives tomorrow will be largely based on how we handle what happens today.

Things are always going to happen in our lives which we have no control over. But it’s how we view them and react that is a choice we all have to make.  Attitude impacts everything.  A change in attitude can change your life.


Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.

Brian Tracey
                                                          

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 22, Book 18


Autumn is the mellower season, and what we loose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

Welcome Autumn!


There is a harmony 
In autumn, and a luster in its sky…

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Words like mellow and harmony leave me with a very good feeling and that is what is described in the quotes for today.  Autumn brings a sense of accomplishment and thankfulness. It’s a season to rejoice and enjoy the abundance of what summertime has provided.  

Harmony means:  a pleasing arrangement of parts, agreement, accord, and tranquility which is is a period of relative harmony.

As the heat wave of 2018 fades into a sun soaked memories, we enter the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.  These are tranquil days that give us a reprieve from the heat of summer and precede the harsh days of winter. 

The calmer and mellow days of autumn are often uplifting and give us cause to think about the blessings we’ve received throughout the summer months. Colors turn gently as crisp clean mornings mellow into bright sunny days.  It’s all about the calm as golden leaves prepare to fall.


Autumn’s the mellow time.

William Allingham


Friday, September 21, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 21, Book 18


Everything ends. But there are always new beginnings.

Ralph Bellamy

saying goodbye to summer


And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings

Meister Eckhart

Tomorrow Autumn arrives but today I’m saying goodbye to summer.  Every thing has to come to and end.  Nothing lasts for ever.  But when one door closes, another opens.

It seems summer came in with a blast.  Suddenly it was summer.  Chilly one day and then we were hot.  Air conditioned rooms became my favorite place to be.  The heat has stayed with us from June till the present.  But tomorrow Autumn begins and they say it will be much cooler here.  


There have been very few perfect summer days but we did have some wonderful ones.  I spent a day at the beach and we had a family gathering when it couldn’t possibly have been more pleasant.

We’ve had plenty of rain here all summer.  The grass is still green and growing.  Thankfully we’ve had no drought and no worries about enough water to go around.  We had a few downpours and thunderstorms with flashes of lightning, but nothing to compare to the tornadoes and hurricanes some experienced 



I’ve been able to enjoy the abundance of summer’s bounty with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The famers market has kept me well supplied and my sister and BiL have provided transportation down those country roads past fields of corn and soybeans.  They seem to be the two main crops growing here in northern Ohio.


Thankfully mast of my family enjoyed nice summer vacations, but for two of them it meant moving into new homes instead.   They are all healthy and happy and for that I’m truly grateful.

This summer has been a good one and with that said, I’m looking forward to celebrating the first day of Fall tomorrow!


Change always comes bearing gifts !

Price Pritchett

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 20, Book 18


Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected.  
Life is a long line of opportunities.

John Wicker

Seize the day !


I take the opportunity each day offers.

Andy Goldsworthy

We don’t have to wait for the perfect moment in order to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way.  They are there waiting for us to take action.  Know the value of time: snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it.

If we want to take advantage of the opportunities that come our way each day it is important to be aware of what is happening around us.  We’ll have new choices to make, and new things to learn.  We can’t always determine what will happen, but we can always adjust our attitude.

Every day we have the opportunity to spread more kindness, more compassion, more joy and more laughter in our world.  

Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh and live life to the fullest.  


Every day is a an opportunity to make a new happy ending.

Author Unknown


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chapter 9, Page 19, Book 18



Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.

Mary Jean Irion

It’s the normal life for me…


Normal is in the eye of the beholder.

Whoopsie Goldberg

I like to think I live a normal life, but I’m certain that is what is normal for me isn’t the same for everybody. Normal days for me are when, everything goes smoothly.  I’m a creature of habit and when things get off track, they can tend to throw me for a loop.  That is when I’m most thankful for normal days.  It is often when we don’t have something that we most appreciate it.



It was just a normal day, a day like any other. But most of all it was day in which everything was exactly the way it should be.

Nicholas Sparks

Everyday life may be described as mundane, routine, habitual or normal.  But to me it is wonderful!  I believe there is a hidden beauty in life’s most ordinary moments.


What you do every day matters more than what you do once in awhile.

Gretchen Rubin