Today is Monday, November 10, 2014. The temperature reached 80 today in North Central Texas. The gulf winds blew hard across the grassy pastures warmed by the Autumn sunshine under a clear blue sky. Following a satisfactory day at work, I tended to garden and flower beds tidying up what is left after a hot summer and planted the bulbs that remained in a bag on the porch. Tulips and Alliums.
The Kid played with the boys next door. He was home by dark and I continued my digging, hoeing, and raking while he found his spot under the peach tree where he plays each summer. With a small spade, a plastic container, and a flashlight the Kid wearing a t-shirt and shorts created November Mud Cakes. Somehow my 2 cup measuring glass got into this creation. Romee, the cat, tiptoed through what is left of black eyed pea bushes and pounced on the Kid’s hand when she got eye enough to. Even after the sun was tucked below the western skyline and the dark shade of night was cast, the windy air remained warm. We finished at about 7:30 pm. This is the last warm day we will have of this year.
Summer is my favorite season. Spring would have that ranking but it is yet a bit windy for me. The Fall brings about a gorgeous pallet of warm colors and cooler temperatures. Let us not forget the deeper blue skies and shorter days. Fall however is the doorway to the darkest and least favored season. I dislike everything about Winter. It was not bad in Southern California because the days were sunny and not nearly as cold (unless in the mountains). Regardless of where one lives, there is less daylight and it is just plain cold! You cannot wear sandals when it is 20 degrees F!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”Our world is God’s creation. Each time you look at a calendar, rake leaves, turn on the sprinkler, or shovel snow, look at the power of God in creation and thank Him for his goodness.