My sentiments

And just like that, we knew why our hibiscus was disappearing…September, 2016

Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze —
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Perhaps a squirrel may remain —
My sentiments to share —
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind —
Thy windy will to bear!

Emily Dickinson

What a perfect prayer for this October. I can’t think of anything to add, except to thank you for being here.


  1. Good morning, Julia! Praying for that sunny mind! Here today is a sunny day; chilly now, but predicted to warm up. I went to take photos this morning of the fog rising off a pond. It seems to be peak color season now. I’m glad it came late this year.

    • Wow, if this is late for peak season, then I guess it’s close to peak here in Virginia. Amy and I are hoping to catch some leaves early next week. I’ll try to take photos. I love the combination of “chilly” and “sunny.”

  2. That;s what we all need right now. A sunny mind.

    • Amen to that.

  3. Ann

    Julia, so nice to spend the morning with you in ‘leisured coziness ‘ and with a ‘sunny mind’.😉 The weather outdoors is mild, my coffee is hot & tasty, and my dog is in my lap!

    • Ann, that sounds like the ideal picture to me. It really doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂 Thanks for starting my day with a smile today.

  4. Bobby Harris

    One of my favorite October poems is Helen Hunt Jackson’s “October’s Bright Blue Weather”. Not very bright blue here today and I think about the only Fall we will have is the leaves falling off the trees. We had a very dry Aug. and Sept. after a very wet spring and early summer combining to make a very un-colorful autumn. Plus we have lost most of the ash trees to the ash borer. But our weather is comfortable and we are in good health and there are plenty of beautiful pictures of other autumns and poetry singing their praises. You are often on my mind and in my prayers.

    • Thank you, Bobby. I had never read that lovely poem, but when I got your comment, I looked it up and really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it. Yes, it has been a strange autumn. My friend and I went driving on Monday to the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but all was still quite green; only a dash of color here and there.

      We appreciate your thoughts and prayers! You are often in ours as well. I’m so happy to hear from you here. I’m sending you wishes for a glorious autumn.

  5. Sheila

    Julia, even though this little squirrel was helping himself to your hibiscus, did you find him a wee bit cute? This is such a nice post, one that I’ve enjoyed many times since Thursday. We are still having warmer than usual temps here but it’s actually delightful. We’re almost to porch eleven, can’t believe it! Thinking of you and Matt this evening, with much love! 💛

    • Sheila, yes, I quite enjoyed that little critter. He (at least it appears to be a “he” in the photo) seemed quite unfazed by the many photos I snapped as he munched away on one of the few remaining leaves of our formerly flourishing plant. This year, I confined my hibiscus plants to York, where the squirrels show no interest in consuming it. Meanwhile, the squirrels continue to entertain me while leaving my mandevilla and begonia plants alone. 🙂 Yes, it’s hard to believe it’s almost November! Hot tea weather is upon us and fireside evenings (whether the real wood-burning variety or the gas or electric substitutes) will soon replace evenings on the Verandah, for at least a month or two. Thinking of you too, with love and gratitude!

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  7. Heavens, what a stinker eating your hibiscus. But oh so cute! I’ve had my dealings with them this summer. They dug up my planters, ran through the fairy garden, terrorized the bird feeder and also broke a clay pot when they ran across a railing. Yet, ever time we cross paths, it feels like Christmas morning 😀 It’s a real conumdrum, I want to say, “hey! you there! stop making my garden looks so bad!” but what I end up saying is, “oh hello little one! where you going?” Like I don’t know it’s off to do one of the many annoying things they do every day, LOL
    I loved the poem! A sunny mind is a must so that we don’t waste a single day we’re blessed to know! xo K

    • Oh dear, it sounds as if you have more squirrel problems than I do! But yes, they are worth it. No wonder you got along so well with the little fellow we met in DC. I couldn’t believe how he climbed all over you. Or as that interesting young man who passed by said, “This is never seen before!!!” 😀 That squirrel must have known you were a friendly person. You definitely have that sunny mind which we all need!!

      • Oh ya, that guy in the park! Makes me laugh just hearing that in my head. He really seemed to be in wonder of the whole scenario. The fluffy squirrel visitors in my yard have taken to collecting cherries that have fallen off a neighbours tree and storing them in the bird feeder dish. Problem is, they’re all dried up and half rotten and the birds don’t like it. They hang out in a near by tree chirping and chirping but don’t go to the feeder. I’m out there picking his nasty fruit out but in a short while he’s got it back in there……first world ‘squirrel’ problems I suppose 😀 LOL xo K

        • It sounds almost as if the squirrel is playing a prank on the birds, stashing stuff they don’t like in their feeder! Animals are so funny. I can just hear the squirrel going home and telling the Missus, “Yep, in no time at all, the place will be OURS!” 😀 Yes, you know it’s a first world problem when even the animals can afford to be picky about what they eat. 😀 😀 😀

          • No doubt. The out-door critters are getting as picky as my two spoilt princesses inside, ha! I sometimes have opened more than one can of cat food because they turn their noses up at the first offering. I hear that voice in my head saying, “this isn’t a cafe I’m running here”…LOL x

              • Exactly! LOL…. that look of “what’s she trying to pull here?” I’m familiar with it 😀 Thanks for the cartoon Julia! xk

                • You’re welcome– I can’t see a kitty without thinking of you!

  8. Delightful!

    • Thank you! They are so much fun to watch!!

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