IS SUMMER ALMOST OVER?
Here in the East in New England, USA, it has been a hot summer with intermittent rain storms, then a cool spell, but now once again we are getting some humid days. But looking around I notice the trees are already displaying their new coats in colors of red, orange, and yellow. They are a harbinger of what is to come – autumn or fall as some call this incoming season.
I’ve enjoyed the summer, cookouts on the deck, getting together with family and friends and wearing shorts and flip flops (which I never used to wear until last year, who figures? Flip flops – not shorts. LOL!) I only wear one kind though – Clarks. They are the most comfortable for me. No, I am not getting any kickbacks from them for saying this. Ha!
I’ve also loved watching my roses, dahliahs, hibiscus, marigolds, and Rose of Sharon bushes in all their brilliant and glorious displays of color. They are a joy to me. Here are some more photos I snapped recently to enjoy before they are gone until next summer. Sigh!
In the fourth photo down below is my mint plant. This plant and the hibiscus will be coming into the house for the winter after being cut back. The hibiscus will stop flowering right after being cut back but will continue to grow dark green leaves all winter long with an occasional flower. The mint plant is purely to keep little critters like mice away. It helps keep bugs at bay, smells fragrant, and also produces nice mint tea.
You can see how the colors of the Rose of Sharon blossoms are variegated from whites to pinks and purples. These bushes are amazing as they keep evolving in colors and textures, especially since they all came from the same mother bush that was originally violet but is now all white.
Here are some of the 17 Rose of Sharon bushes we have all over our yard, some in the front, along the sides and out on the side that faces the street. They are variegated in colors and textures. The mother plant in the lower left photo used to be a violet color but now has evolved into white flowers. It’s totally mesmerizing watching them each year as they continue to change in front of our eyes. Who can figure?! It doesn’t matter what color they are – they are all beautiful and bring so much joy to my days each summer as I wait in avid anticipation for the moment the first flowers bloom. God works his magic to delight me and make my days more fulfilled by all the beauty around me. I am thankful for his blessings. I hope you have gotten some pleasure out of viewing them.
I can’t believe the year is flying by so quickly. That’s what life is doing to me – flying by in the wink of an eye. As I add one more year to my life I feel the need to push myself more to complete all the things that I have on my bucket list more urgently.
Writing this year has been productive. So far I have published four books and have two more that I plan to complete before the end of 2018. Next year I plan to write at least 4-5 books also. I feel compelled to reach at least 40 books before He calls me home. Since I began so late in life to reach my dream to be an author, it is even more important for me to complete all my projects for my progeny to have to remember me by. I hope I make them proud.
Each year we travel to new places and return to some familiar places. This year we will be going to Aruba and next year to Greece. We have a few more places on our bucket list to visit then we may just sit back and enjoy our lovely home with our tropical fish and one beta named Red Robin (named by my two youngest grandchildren).
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