The Balm of Fall


In these parts the balm of Fall is largely past.  The golds have fluttered down. Bare branches reach skyward in hope that winter will not be eternal.  We’ve celebrated our harvests and endured Halloween.  Bike riding is over, the ski season open on select hills… We have only more cold and more snow to await. But I am grateful for the balm that October has been.

Though September had closed with enough snow to put my flowers to rest before the elk could
and to give us a free ski day right out the back door… thanks be to God the snow didn’t last!

And Fall will be remembered instead for peaceful walks in newly discovered locales…


God’s mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.




Belated Summer Highlights!

 Snow is blanketing our world this morning, for the second time this month. It’s high time I record my summer highlights!

This was the summer that almost didn’t come, weatherwise.  But perhaps it was just as well to have fewer tantalizing sunny days so that I was able to focus on my projects–getting ready for the big day.

Our eldest daughter, our ‘china doll’, has grown up to become a beautiful bride…


And this was cause for gathering the whole bunch of us for days of summer fun in our favorite places!


…before heading home to savor the last of summer’s glory in our mountain valley…





But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more… O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Ps. 71:14, 17-18 ESV






Gleanings from an elusive summer so far…

Summer as I think of it–hot with sunny skies–has been extremely spotty in its appearances this year which makes looking back on June and July’s gleanings somewhat deceptive.  In this mountain valley summer is unpredictable and moments must be intentionally captured. It seems we’ve done that!

With the stormy cold have come rainbows aplenty, even double ones.  And there have been flowers, outside and in (while the freezing nights abated).  There have been grandkid outings, and a few bike rides, and hikes and lots of opportunity to stay indoors and get some creative tasks done, for which there can be no big reveal yet, as the wedding hasn’t arrived quite yet!

So yes, I guess summer has come….

From small beginnings, pesto too comes… Two harvests, going on three, make pesto for months to come when the sun no longer shines in my window…

Yay!!! for formal gardens…

and wild ones…

for butterflies and granddaughter’s awe…

for hikes shared..

and rainbows that give solace after rain….

Yay!!! for bumblebee bottoms…

and the wild world they inhabit!

for picturesque vistas and the crazy pedalling home to beat the coming storm…


And for a wee harvest of edible wildness!

This has been our June and July.

But summer is in full force today so let me not linger here looking back!

Blessings on your days!


“I will keep watch for You, my strength, because God is my stronghold.  My faithful God will come to meet me…” Ps.59:9,10a