Friday, October 25, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Lovely Autumn

I've mentioned before, but it bears repeating, that I love fall.  This week I noticed the following:


1.  The roses refuse to acknowledge that the weather will soon be cold.


2. The pomegranates burst at the seams with tangy goodness.



 3. My refrigerator boasts colorful breakfast selections.





4. Even my houseplants put on a show. 




5. The deep blue sky holds a beautiful daytime moon. 




6.  The neighbor's trees provide a green backdrop for my backyard.


7. A cute hedgehog came out with my autumn decor to grace my entry table.




8.  Soon the weather will be cool enough to wear the cashmere sweater I found at the thrift store this week.  (Oh, how I love $1.00 sweater day!)


9.  I could laugh at myself when I found this to-do list:

I have not run out of things to do; I just failed to write down what needed to be done.
10.  John and I attended the temple on Friday night.  I can't think of a better place to go to gain perspective and feel peace.  If you are unfamiliar with Mormon temples, this video explains a bit about them:



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Thanks for lovely, beautiful, glorious fall!

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48 comments:

  1. You've taken some beautiful photos, there, Kristi - I especially love the daytime moon, and that gorgeous hedgehog!

    You certainly got a bargain with the sweater, didn't you? :)

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    1. The thrift store was having a $1 sale on all jeans, shorts, and sweaters. I didn't buy any shorts, but we are set on jeans and sweaters. The cashmere was my best find, though.

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  2. Same here with the Roses, Kristi and we have one that just is hanging on and never looked better, yet it just started to dip in the 30s at night. Go figure, but not complaining. Happy Weekend now! :)

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    1. I think the roses enjoy a last hurrah, after the heat of the summer.

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  3. Thank you for sharing; although I got a little nervous when I saw the comment about a hedgehog...I didn't think I wanted to scroll down...not a huge of any kind of critters...but the I saw his face so adorable. thank you for reminding me of gratitude, and thankfulness!

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    1. Oh, I think I'd be delighted if a real hedgehog showed up in my backyard. I enjoy seeing the bunnies--though I'm not so fond of the coyotes that occasionally jump the fence into my yard!

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  4. I love all those pictures, Kristi! The hedgehog is really, really cute! One day, I promie, I will become a sensible adult with seasonal decoration for the home. Until then, I try to keep above all the clutter and file away the important paperwork once a month..

    You really live in such a beautiful neighborhood, with so much nature around you. Especially the moon looks gorgeous (I'm kind of a moon-girl).

    I hope you have a great weekend!!

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    1. Well, someday I'll become a sensible adult and keep above the clutter and file away the important paperwork once a month! I really, honestly do love a well-organized home, and I was super-organized as a student years ago, but somewhere along the way, my superpower left me. Maybe if I clear away the kryptonite, I'll regain it.

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  5. Wonderful photos to accompany your list. Thrift shops are great places to find bargains.

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  6. I love your little hedgehog! But most of all I love your to do list! I am so task oriented that I couldn't get though my day without mine! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I'm a list person, too, but apparently I got distracted mid-list!

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  7. Aww! Lovely pics and I love that hedgehog!

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    1. Thanks. I just couldn't resist him!

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  8. Such beautiful, beautiful pictures. And I LOVE that you didn't finish your 'to finish' list! That is hilarious :D

    You grow pomegranites? That's awesome! I never knew what kind of climate they came from.

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    1. Pomegranates do really well here in our desert climate. (Our summers are over 100 degrees, but it gets cold enough to snow in winter.) I appreciate the greenery our bush brings to our yard--it's in the far right corner of my backyard photo above (near the fence), and it's fast-growing, too. (We planted it 4 years ago, I think.)

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  9. Love all of your pictures!

    I visited a tabernacle in Utah while we were on holiday in the USA with my parents in 2006. We were the only ones there and got a personal tour and everything was explained to us. It was very interesting!

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    1. Did you visit the tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sometimes performs? That is a wonderfully historic building! It's not the same as the temples, but is definitely worth a visit.

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    2. I just took a look at my photobook of the trip. It was the tabernacle in St. George.

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    3. I drive through St. George every time I go to Utah, but I've never toured the tabernacle there. I'll have to add that to my to-do list!

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    4. You should really visit it! It has an awesome history. For example, I was totally in awe when I found out that the workers who made the stones for the tabernacle each made different kinds of patterns on the stones with their tools so that they would recognise which ones they made. The patterns are still visible today.

      The guide (I do not know what his proper denomination is; is it a pastor?) showed us around and explained everything and I tried to translate it all for my parents as good as I could. He was such a nice and kind man.

      It was so interesting to learn things about your church (which is not very wide-spreas in Germany).

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    5. I will make a point to visit it sometime. The guide would have been a missionary for the church. This page tells about the church in Germany: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/facts-and-statistics/country/germany

      Also, one of the counselors to the prophet is German: http://www.lds.org/church/leader/dieter-f-uchtdorf?lang=eng

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    6. Thank you for the links; I will have a look at them!

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  10. Awesome list...dollar sweater day??? I must know where to find one of those. And do you have your own pomegranates? I would be in heaven.

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    1. Our Salvation Army thrift store occasionally has days where all the jeans are $1, but this week, not only were the jeans $1, but also all shorts and sweaters. I was pretty excited to spot a cashmere sweater in my size!

      And yes, we have our own pomegranate bush. It is one of the few things that grow quickly and easily in our desert climate.

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  11. lol

    I was one caption off for your photos, (excellent they were), so when I got to Item #7 that said "A cute hedgehog came out with my autumn decor to grace my entry table." I must of stared at your backyard picture for like 5 minutes… "alright, I'm not sure what a hedgehog looks like, but Kristi says there's one in this picture.

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    1. LOL. Sorry for the confusion!

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    2. Clark, you crack me up to no end. That is hilarious!

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    3. It's there, in the corner, next to the unicorn.

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    4. I do live in a magical place!

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  12. That is a gorgeous color for a sweater, and only $1!! Kris (Mrs. Always Random) will be quite jealous to see that deal.
    I'm not a fan of our Autumn temperatures lately, but I do love the wonderful blue skies. We were admiring the white moon against the blue sky just yesterday. It makes me feel a little closer to all my internet friends, knowing we're all seeing the same lovely sky.

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    1. It does make this big world just a little bit smaller, doesn't it?

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  13. 1. Your pictures are always so beautiful! 2. I had no idea pomegranates grew in the U.S., and I certainly didn't know they grew on a bush. I just think of the line from "Zorba" that says, "Life is a pomegranate orchard and two lovers standing byyyyy it." 3. I've never eaten a pomegranate, so is it any wonder I have no idea how or where they grow?

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    1. 1. Thank you. I utilize my dad's technique: take enough photos, and something has to come out not too badly. 2. I had to do a google search just now. Pomegranates' natural tendency is to grow as big, shrubby bushes, but apparently they can be trained/pruned into trees. I'm all in favor of "easy" gardening, so my plant is a bush. 3. WHAT?!! Go splurge on a pomegranate. It's a fun fruit! Follow the directions at this link to get to the good part: http://www.thankfulme.net/2012/12/monday-morning-in-kitchen-how-to-peel.html

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    2. Okay, now I know how to fix it. How do I FIND it? Not sure if any stores here in the armpit of the Ozarks carries pomegranates.

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    3. Fresh pomegranates are not carried year-round, but I can find them in the produce section of grocery stores (or Costco) in the fall and winter. Unless you are in a very small town, I would think grocery stores would carry them. Too bad I can't just mail you one--but I think there may be restrictions about mailing home-grown fruit.

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  14. Hi Kristi! I also love fall!!! We just went out tonight to get our family pictures done and I waited until the sun started to set where it was shining between the trees and accenting the beautiful leaves! You got that sweater for $1.00?! Now I'm going to have to go to my favorite thrift store and look at their clothes! Your to-do list looks like mine :) You take lovely pictures :) Great post about the temple! My husband and I recently finished the work on his deceased parents and they are now an eternal family! Great blog and it was nice to get to know a little more about you! Have a great night!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Your family photo sounds lovely. I always come away from the temple with such a spirit of love for my family; I'm sure your recent day in the temple brought those same feelings to you.

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  15. Kristi - I love the picture show! Pom's are so hard to find in Kentucky. I loved them when I lived in Europe decades ago, and really miss them. Thanks for stirring up old desires! lol I'm curious about all the wires in your backyard. Are they lights for night time parties, lines for hanging clothes, or what? Just curious, like I said! Really a good post and great pictures!

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    1. Where do you find pomegranates? Dyanne would like to find some; maybe she has similar stores in her area. I should have explained the wires in the backyard. They are lights for night time parties; my husband put them up a year and a half ago when our son had his wedding reception in our backyard. When it's dark and the lights are on, the effect is magical, so I asked my husband to just keep them up! (The backyard looked much nicer for the reception, by the way; we didn't put as much effort into it this year.)

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  16. I SOOOOO LOOOOVE all of your photos! Love, love, love!

    And that hedgehog... did you make it? I must know how! I have a friend who loves hedgehogs, I would SO love to give her one of these!

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    1. I wish I could honestly say I made the hedgehog, but I bought it a year or so ago. I think I got it from JoAnn's.

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  17. What beautiful photographs!! I, too, love Fall! I also love when sweater weather arrives! Makes me feel so happy. Cute hedgehog! :-) Hope you have a lovely week!

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  18. Hi Kristi...What a great list!!! What a great find $1 for a sweater! I love ur photographs.

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  19. Really lovely photos! I'm dying over Clark's comment though - ha! The hedgehog is adorable and WOW to the $1 sweater. It's lovely! Also, I love daytime moons. There's something magical about them.

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  20. Your photos are gorgeous. I loved the moon and the rose, and the pomegranate, and … oh them all. The "to finish…" list was hilarious. (The kind of thing I would do too!)
    That sweater is a gorgeous colour and I have to admit I feel a bit envious that you are only now contemplating needing to wear it - we've been in sweaters for several weeks now.

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  21. Wow, Kristi, great comments! Thanks for helping me to see the wonderful little things that are all around, the ones that are easy to go unnoticed.

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!