Monday, September 28, 2020

Make It So

 Autumn is upon us~

And it is becoming. . . . 


(All those little white spots are ladybugs.  They looked like faeries.)

We are still having end of summer weather

rather than the beginning of autumn weather.

It's a little cooler but is supposed to be back in the 80's this week.

I am enjoying the season we are in regardless of what we label it.

I'm still canning like a crazy person

though I've cleaned up the kitchen and put some things away.

We had a horrible wind storm that blew the smoke in

from all the fires.

That was Labor Day weekend.

Everything was coated with dust and ash.

I finally got the summer kitchen cleaned (mostly).

One thing about cleaning and canning,

there is usually little interruption or offerings of help

so it gives one time to ponder.

I like to ponder actually~

you know while doing those little mindless things

like washing dishes or stirring a pot.

Recently, I was thinking not only about my own life and happenings,

but the state of our environment and society

and some things that I've read on other blogs as well.

I came back to something I already knew inside.

If there is something I don't like, change it.

Well that's all fine and dandy except for the things that are out of my control.

Oh yea, that list:

Fires set by angry individuals.

The health and well being of loved ones.

Things I disprove of being forced upon us.

Obviously, this list could go on for a while,

but let's just stop there.

That could end up being a very depressing rabbit hole.

First, and many of you probably already realize this,

but I very much appreciate nature so it hurts me when

our Earth is abused so blatantly.

I much prefer to see a vibrant thriving Earth

with kind people enjoying her bounty.

Make it so.

I went out and took care of some areas of our garden that I'd neglected.

It might not be much, but it is what I have control over.

There are no fires in my garden,

and having happy vegetation growing helps clean the air.

And those angry people don't exist in my garden.

And I think folks catch on or we send out vibes,

because I can't wear a mask.

A month or so ago, I was accused of being okay with killing people.

That stung!

I still wash my hands and respect other people's space and distancing, etc.

I had to go to the store for a couple of things and stopped by the thrift shop

to see if I could find a couple shirts for Mr. LB.

I wait before entering and make sure it's okay that I go in.

I had more people speak to me than I think ever before.

One lady I kept "running into" introduced herself 

and asked my name.

She was entirely kind and bid me fun looking.

(Well, we can't just look at men's shirts can we - heehee.)

Another woman in the craft section said she usually did shows

and was really going to miss them this year.

One person told me of a valuable mosaic bistro set she almost sold too cheap.

There were a few others.

When I went to the grocery store,

I ran into a friend I haven't seen in a couple years.

She asked if I was giving hugs - yep!

(Not to strangers of course, but friends you bet.)

The point is - there was tons of kindness going on.

Made is so.

Changing the health or hurting of loved ones - Oy!

It's so difficult to see, hear, . . . feel.

Wanting them to be well.

Make it so.

I mentioned in my last post that my dad had been in the hospital

having two major surgeries in a 3-4 day span.

He actually ended up going back in for 2 more minor surgeries.

After not going to a doctor for 40 years,

he made up for lost time.

He's now getting better - YAY!

I've been having to step into the parenting of my parents roll a little.

That has been a little tricky.

To any of you who take care of your parents - bless you!

From finances to diet, training one's parents while trying to remain respectful

can be a fine line to walk. 

I also have a friend who has been struggling with losses.

Her losses are not mine.

I don't know the same people or have the same feelings,

but I do care that she was hurting.

She lives alone and was feeling alone.

I acknowledged how she felt and told her 

it is difficult not to be with those we care about at times

 when we feel we should be closer, and

that sometimes folks just need a hug.

She said "You nailed it."

I think just identifying that helped her feel a little better (hope).

Made it so.

And that last one, 

all I can say is I'm countering it with love and kindness.

Make it so.

It's easy to be grumpy about others trying to force us

to believe certain things.

My solution to that is just find a diversion.

I've been trying not to share my opinion on much of anything.

That might sound a little silly,

but it seems to me that we've become so accustom 

to sharing our opinion without it being sought and

without much consideration of how others

might feel or respond, we've become non-communicative.

Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of opinions.

I've just been trying to keep my big mouth shut.

Sometimes I'm more successful than others - am still so human.

I'm trying to remember that it is much more pleasant 

to communicate in a positive manner than to force my opinion on others

or have them force theirs on me.

It works both ways, you see.

It does seem to be working.

Made it so.

So all those things that are out of my control,

well, maybe I just need to look at them sideways.

Seems like I'm making some progress.

I will falter (will just go ahead and ask forgiveness right here and now)

as I know I am so far from perfect.

And only One has control,

but if being grumpy or discouraged or depressed wasn't working,

why not do my itty-bitty part in attempting to right the wrongs.

I might only be one person,

but it's one less grump spreading negative.

Guess I would rather be one person spreading joy.


If your autumn isn't absolutely beautiful,

Make it so.

And whatever joy you seek,

Make it so. 

Blessings dear friends~



  1. Such a wonderful and timely post that I needed to read today!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it!
    You "Made it So" for me!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week and I do hope your dad continues to improve, too!!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  2. I think it's only fair to share our opinions with those who insist on sharing theirs with us, but only to a point. Ignorant people will never be convinced with facts, so I try not to argue.

    1. Yep, fair 'nuf :-) I guess it's when I don't ask or share and am bombarded that it gets to me. And you are quite right in that facts are often ignored - no sense arguing with those folks.

  3. Good for you surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy ~ tending and growing your garden, canning and providing sustenance for your loved ones. Life is less stressful when you surround yourself with happiness or at least a level of calm.

    While I understand your displeasure with some things going on in our country you seem to still have the 'glass half full' attitude vs. the glass half empty. And like you find keeping an uplifting attitude is key to avoid that dark rabbit hole. You've got a good head on your shoulders and wonderful heart inside your chest.

    OH, and this is my favorite time of year too....warm during the day yet cool and crisp during the night.

  4. Amen! I feel your frustration in so many of the same areas... but I think you are wise to choose to be part of the solution instead of adding to the rage...

  5. You're finding the good. That's important. There are joy sparkles all over if we watch for them. God is so good!
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage

  6. Divert yourelf with some sourdough starter,me too multiple times, this starter begins with 2 tbs rye flour..check out the link to Mary's nest. Give it a try. I've got a loaf in the oven using the starter I made. The smell, varies. First it smelled like beer, at one point reminded me of nail polish remover, as it progressed along it just smelled yeasty. I love ladybugs, and never squash them. What a delightful picture that was.

  7. Spreading joy - too bad more people wouldn't subscribe to that! I try very hard to be kind even though it isn't always the easiest choice. I subscribe to the theory that you can't fix stupid and leave it at that. As for parenting parents - been there, done that, and it certainly isn't an easy road. I did it with two teenagers at home and some days I simply didn't meet the challenge but other days I did - and I managed to find the joy. You will too.

    1. It isn't always easy. I often write these things to remind myself :-)

  8. Those do look like fairies. I'm glad your dad survived all of those surgeries. It is challenging to help parents at the end of life. I had a hard time. I am focusing on taking care of my plants and trees, too.

  9. I enjoyed your last post. I hope you are having a wonderful October.