Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reading Outside During Bittersweet Autumn

"He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding..." ... Daniel 2:21


Autumn! Beautiful, but bittersweet and no longer my favorite, Spring having that distinction because of whole months ahead of gorgeous Buffalo weather. Summer this year, oh my... I'd step outside and suddenly feel catapulted to 1969 and being ten again when Summer mornings wreaked of freedom. 

I think our air here contains high levels of pixie dust. Something's going on, something working in tandem with God's setting and keeping me free, that is.

My vintage Scholastic books arrived yesterday as Tom and I ate dinner while watching The Mentalist, so color me delirious.
These are the kinds of books which keep my personal world humming peacefully, not spinning all war and crime-like, matching this outside world of ours. I won't let that stuff in. 

These are the books I'll read/reread first:

If you need to find me, I'll be out on our front porch (we're expecting nine rainless days, something we've not had since 2013), with my books and mid-70's temps with tons of sunshine and trust me, before it all evaporates into blue-crusted snow, I'll be soaking up all that perfection, smiling like a Cheshire cat and thanking God for every moment as though it was a gift from Him. 

Because they are, you know, and I'm determined to never ignore one good present from His fingers.


"Oh give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever."   ... Psalm 136:1

“At no other time (than Autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.” 
― Rainer Maria RilkeLetters on Cezanne


Free Kindle Books:

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."

[Indian Summer]” 
― William Cullen Bryant


Anonymous said...

Enjoy those last few sunny/warm days, Debra! The pic of the books sure brought back memories. When I was a kid, I was occasionally allowed to order one of those books at school - SO much fun! I still love Autumn, but can sure understand why Spring wins out as your favorite season.
Happy porch dwelling! :)

Pam said...

I'm still a sucker for autumn...but then, when the season changes, I get excited for whatever's coming up next. Although I've appreciate the bounty of the garden, I'm happy to say that it's "tucked in" for the winter. We're having lovely days, but I know what awaits...Enjoy those adorable books, Debra. I need to get a stockpile for winter, too!