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Fall is Coming

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Fall is Coming

The first day of fall is on September 23 this year and the expected temperature for Charlotte, NC on that day is 92F.

That is not fall weather to me. When I think of fall, I think of: hot chocolate, warm scarves, snuggly sweaters, jeans, fluffy wool socks… Let’s face it – 92F is just too hot for all of that.

On the first day of fall, you’ll more than likely find me in shorts and slip-on shoes. The leaves are starting to turn anyway in my yard and my cherry trees began to shed a few weeks ago. My yard is becoming littered with leaves that float to the ground and will not be returned back to the branches where they grew. They will be recycled and become part of the soil that nourishes new growth.

It really is too hot for fall, in my opinion, but the season says that it is here even though the climate does not support the fact. I will be watching the trees anyway and enjoying the colors that make their way to the ground and reminding myself how beautiful it is to let things go. There will be new growth, new seeds will take root, new people and opportunities will come into our lives and we’ll realize that there is always a new story to tell, even if the climate is not ideal.

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A Near Impossible Story

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A Near Impossible Story

It snowed on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Charlotte, NC!! Gasp!! The daffodils had been blooming for weeks, the tulips had emerged, azaleas were showing their color, peonies were starting to bud… and the snow was coming down. In the words of my people, “who woulda thunk it!!” (I know, I know, all you grammar people out there — but it just doesn’t have the same kind of emphasis when you say, “Who would have considered such a thing?”)

Let us use this event as a life analogy. How many times have you heard something like, “that is completely unlikely,” or “it is so close to impossible that it is never going to happen,” or maybe someone just laughed at you. Well, folks, IT SNOWED IN APRIL IN CHARLOTTE, NC. Spring comes early here, and the possibility of frost up until April 15 is certainly a fair probability, but snow? It didn’t come down for long, and it was gone quickly as the snow turned to rain and the temperature went up to 40 degrees, but it DID snow. Over the weekend, I was wearing capris and a t-shirt, the temperature was close to 80, and the snow was not even a thought for two days in the future, YET it snowed. Sure, it was a little cooler on Monday, and I had to wear a pair of jeans and a denim jacket outside (fluctuation in temperature is to be expected in the spring), but SNOW?

They said, "There is no way it is ever going to snow in Charlotte in April” … but wait, it could happen! Because near to impossible does not mean impossible.

Now you fill in the blank for something in your own life they said would never happen.

They said, “There is no way you are ever going to ________________________” … but wait, it could happen! Because near to impossible does not mean impossible.

Write your own near impossible story.

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Daylight Saving Time (cue yawn)

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Daylight Saving Time (cue yawn)

I didn't write a blog this week, I ran out of time...lost an hour...well, didn't really lose it, it was redirected.

I'm tired...seems like supper is too early...clock in the dining room is still an hour behind.

Daylight saving time...they say it was for the farmers, but the cows don't care what time it is...neither do the pigs...grass in the field doesn't either...I know this because I grew up on a farm...

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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

There are times when I feel that pictures speak better than words. I was walking around in my yard and snapped some photos of the color that is still there. It makes me feel peaceful and seems to tell its own story.

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Something Fowl for Thanksgiving - Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

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Something Fowl for Thanksgiving - Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

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I stopped by a local shop called Backyard Birds a few days ago. When I got there, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue was there with chickens. I grew up on a farm, and we had chickens, but I’d not held one in years!! Living in the middle of Charlotte, NC means I am not around livestock much anymore.

The volunteers were walking around cleaning up the residual effects of having chickens in a public place. I chatted with them (the Waterfowl volunteers, not the chickens) for a few moments and found out that a percentage of the sales in the store that day would be donated to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. They are an animal rescue and, even though their name does not mention it, they have rescued more than just waterfowl. It is my understanding they have an interspecies love affair between an emu and a donkey happening on their grounds right now. (I suppose anything is possible and who are we to judge?)

I am glad there are those who take care of the animals of the world and have compassion for them. I wish I had the ability of Dr. Doolittle and were able to talk to the animals and have them talk back to me. The stories they could be telling, I believe, I would find interesting.

As we are celebrating Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for those who take the time to care for the world around us. No one can do everything, but we can all do a little bit to make the world a kinder place.

Have a wonderful holiday!!

For more information on Carolina Waterfowl Rescue click here!

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