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I Can Hear The Leaves Falling!

Trail in the woods

Trail in the woods (Photo credit: blmurch)

 

Today we took another one of our walks on this trail near our house.  The path of the trail leads through a very wooded area, dense with trees, vines and bushes.  At times we have been lucky enough to spot a deer standing perfectly still like a soldier at attention.  Sometimes a bunny rabbit or squirrel will make its presence known.  And today a tree frog sang out to us as if to say, “look at me, look at me!”

English: The New England Tree Frog (Litoria su...

English: The New England Tree Frog (Litoria subglandulosa). Because this photograph concerns a rare and/or protected species, only an approximate location is provided: Ebor, Australia Français : Litoria subglandulosa. Ebor, Nouvelle-Galles du Sud (Australie). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were walking along, talking about this and that – when all of a sudden Greg said, “listen!”  I stopped and heard a rustling noise – more than the rustling of an animal stalking us in the bush beyond where we can see.  I looked up and to my surprise, I saw the MANY leaves falling from the tall trees far above our heads.  They made quite a demonstration of it – crackling and bumping the tree branches on their long descent down.  It was really breathtaking.

And so we continued along ever mindful of the change in the path, now covered with crispy newly fallen leaves – and the turn in the weather in the last few days.  The 29th day of August – it is official.  Fall is already here.

As I contemplated this, I must admit that I was sad.  I love fall – don’t get me wrong.  Living in the Pacific Northwest has been beautiful this summer but very short-lived.   I am sad that we have to wave goodbye too soon.

Still – I do love the crisp and cool mornings and the smell of the earth as things change in the weather.  I love the fall colors and the season that it precedes.

And there is nothing like falling leaves – full of color, as they float to the ground.  Sometimes they are silent and fall without our knowing.  Sometimes they make a BIG NOISE as they fall.  But they fall just the same.  It is a fact of life.  We can either accept them and their ultimate demise – even if we think it is before their time, or we can cover our eyes and ears and say, “NO!  I won’t accept this!”  Either way – it is going to happen.

Autumn leaf color

Autumn leaf color (Photo credit: INABA Tomoaki)

Fall is a time of death.  It is a resting time for nature.  It is a time to regroup and take a nice long nap.  The beauty of those leaves reach their final peak of brilliant color – just as they are about to die.  God designed that even death would have its own beauty.

Take a walk today – observe what is happening in nature. Another turning of events – another season unfolding before our eyes and ears.  And in the long winter months – we can be assured that just as things had to die – they will be reborn again.  Spring is coming.

God Bless

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Humor by Fred Klett

On a couple nights of our recent cruise to Alaska we had the privilege of having the very clean but HILARIOUS humor of Fred Klett.  I laughed the first night until my cheeks were sore.  And no kidding – one woman in the front row got TICKED OFF at his style of poking fun at those in the audience that weren’t laughing and she actually WALKED OUT!  I think that might have been even more funny!  He was doing a “reverse heckling” to the front row (and a few rows back too) and put the microphone in front of a couple of women to see how their laughing was.  You had to be there – it was pretty funny.  This next bit about the funny ways that different cultures speak – was one of the bits he did on our cruise that night.  Our cruise director, Mike – is from ENGLAND so you can imagine what grief the ENTIRE cruise gave him after that – EVERY time anyone saw him in public – such an easy target – and SO MUCH FUN!

Hope you enjoy – and if you like this one – be sure to catch his other bits on youtube.  He did most of these on our cruise too.  Clean humor is THE BEST!

God Bless

Cruise To Alaska on the Celebrity Infinity

Two days ago we returned from an exceptional 10 day cruise from Seattle to Alaska.  Going on a cruise takes much research and is far more about the cruise line than the destination, in my humble opinion.  You are in port for maybe a few hours – you are on the ship the rest of the time.  So rain or shine – the ship is still a wonderful place to be.

The Celebrity line is known for their incredible service – and they deliver BIG TIME.  From their wonderful buffet to their 4 course dinners in the dining room – to room service and the Sunday brunch in the dining room – all of it was impeccable.  We also enjoyed afternoon tea (almost everyday) and a formal high tea one time in the dining room – something not to be missed if you go on a cruise.

We had an inside stateroom – but it was a nicely laid out and we had room to move around – but I was not used to the bed – my only complaint.

The infinity is 10 years old and we were the last cruise before the ship goes in to “dry dock” and gets refurbished with new everything!  It is still a beautiful ship – even though she is showing some age around the edges here and there.

It rained in EVERY port of call.  But we still had fun and took lots of pictures.  Our daughter and son-in-law went with us and we ate dinner in the dining room with them every night – that was a highlight – that and the evening show.

My daughter likes Karaoke and she found herself in the finalists for the last night!  Very exciting for her!  And it was fun to see the others perform as well.

If you are a friend on facebook – you will be able to view my many pictures from the cruise – if not – I will also have a folder of pictures here on my blog – watch for it – it will be at the top with my other pictures.

I give this cruise an 8 out of 10 – only because my bed was hard – and the weather was rainy.  Still – we had a wonderful time!

 

God Bless

 

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