In the slanted light

Feathery grasses and fiery foliage: get ready for the autumn show. Yorktown, November 2008

Feathery grasses and fiery foliage: get ready for the autumn show.
Yorktown, November 2008

All the feathery grasses shine in the slanted light. It’s time to bring in the lawn chairs
and wind chimes, time to draw the drapes against the wind, time to hunker
down. Summer’s fruits are preserved in syrup, but nothing can stopper time.

— from the poem “And Now it’s October” by Barbara Crooker

Just when we were wondering whether our relief at the cool weather was greater than our disappointment at how fast the summer flew by, the brilliance of October arrives to remind us that the passage of time is a magnificent spectacle.

Our years are a long-running pageant of laughter, trouble, love, sorrow, joy, sighs and grief. How appropriate that the waning of the year brings such a combination of emotions, sights, scents and sounds.  Nature provides a vivid demonstration of the gifts inherent in approaching death, as even the dried grasses, fallen leaves and faded flowers enrich the soil of new growth in the spring.

Nothing can stopper time, but its sweet fruits are preserved, etched into memories that we will savor through the cold months ahead.  Light a candle, put the kettle on and rejoice in the wealth of being right where you are, right now.


  1. Good Monday morning, Julia. ☕️ It’s a beautiful, crisp, bright, and early Fall morning that begs to be enjoyed. I think it’s saying, “Ok, you’ve waited for me, spoke often of me, and now I’ve arrived. Please enjoy!” 🍂🍁🍂🍁 This is a wonderful post to read, not only this morning but time and again. October is transition, sweater weather, football games, and of course simmering “anything” on the stove. I’m hoping and praying a good week awaits you, my friend. 🙏 Always close in thought, Sheila

    • Thank you Sheila, what a pleasant word picture of these glorious fall mornings. Right now I’m looking out the window at DCA (Reagan National Airport) at the beautiful autumn sunshine that looks so good even in an industrial setting such as this. I’m sipping hot tea and imagining myself at Club Verandah. I so appreciate your thoughts, prayers and presence with me. ❤

  2. Cherie

    Julia, you know just what I need to hear at times. I pray your fall will be a glorious one. Love to Matt and Jeff and all of your family. Hugs to Grady. I saw the updated pics. He is sure growing! I love you! Cherie

    • Thanks Cherie, I am hoping to see Grady tonight. Even when it’s only a few weeks between times we see him, he always looks SO much older and seems more grown up. Last time he was talking in fairly long sentences (“Look Dad, there’s another airplane!”) and was getting much taller. This fall is difficult in many ways but also beautiful. Truly the blessings keep arriving amid the loss. Hope you too have a wonderful autumn. Love and hugs to you! ❤

  3. Beautiful!

    • Thank you! I’m so happy to have you joining us here in the comments section. 😀

  4. So well said. I love this time when summer is not yet done with us and autumn keeps poking her head in to whisper, “get ready, the fun has just begun.” 🙂

    • Yes, and autumn seems to say that better than any other season, with many holidays and much festive fun ahead. When the sun is shining and it’s cool and colorful outdoors, with leaves turning and some flowers still in bloom, it’s a wonderful combination of the best of each season.

  5. Beautiful, Julia!

    • Thank you Alan! I’m so happy you like it.

  6. Beautiful! <D

    • Thanks, Merry. I’ve always loved the way Pampas Grass looks in the sunlight. Almost better than a flower.

  7. Good morning, Julia!
    I love the slanted golden light of an autumn afternoon! Yesterday was unseasonably warm, and my workload uncharacteristically light – so I played hooky! I went to a local golf course and “played” until it became too dark to take photos. 🙂
    Yes, we’ll be hunkering down soon, but memories of yesterday’s warm slanted light will help keep me glowing for a bit longer!
    Blessings on your day!

    • Susan, playing hooky is SO fun, even as an adult! Maybe more so then. It put a bit smile on my face to imagine you enjoying the lovely day. I’ve often said I might fake playing golf just so I could walk the course. I keep threatening to go walking on the nearby golf course, but Jeff tells me that’s simply NOT done if one is not playing. Too bad — seems a waste of all that lovely space. It’s a good thing I don’t play golf or I might never come in! 😀

      • Oops! I’m afraid he’s right – but what I paid for greens fees, club rental, balls, tees, and a new glove, I hope they don’t mind that I stayed out until sunset! (“Oh, don’t mind me, you can play through – I’m just looking for my ball in the woods … (with my camera!”)) 🙂

        • Susan, you sound as if you are the exact kind of golfer I would be if I ever took up the game…lost ball, camera, sunset walks. 😀 Sounds like the ideal sport. Now if I could only find some way to do all that cheaply frugally!

  8. Sheila

    Julia, please let your Momma know how often I think of her and I’m certainly sending hugs to all. 🙏💛 Love, Sheila

    • Thank you Sheila! It means so much to know people are sending warm thoughts our way. We are getting through this pretty well, although some days are easier than others. Mama is not a complainer but tonight she mentioned how very much she misses Daddy, every day, all the time. Thanks again for the lovely flowers you sent her. ❤

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