Autumn’s True Colors: Monday Listicles

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Autumn or fall is often associated with midlife.  Obviously, it’s a metaphor I’ve used in the tagline and header of my blog.  Fall is my favorite season and now that it correlates with my stage in life, it has taken on special significance.  It’s a time of ripening, harvesting, dispersing, celebrating, welcoming, giving thanks and remembering.  I’m also more acutely aware of the impermanence and mystery of life.

The trees in northern Indiana will reach their peak brilliance within a couple of weeks.  This year, I’ve been marveling at the process in which leaves change colors.  When gazing at individual trees, I have noticed the random way the pigments appear.  For some it’s the very top of the tree, while for others it’s the outer edges or even the low hanging branches.

It’s intriguing how the leaves are now revealing their true colors.  Their appearance is no longer masked by the presence of chlorophyll.

I, too, am transforming into a bolder and more confident version of myself.  In other words, I’m showing my true colors in this the autumn of my life.


10 Things Autumn / Fall

1.  Marching band season – In Indiana, this is a big deal!  My son participated in our school’s marching band for four years.  Although I do not miss the every Saturday commitment, I do miss watching the evolution of the competition show.

2.  Soup - Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef, White Chicken Chili and more

3.  Apple cider - made locally

4.  Scarves - square, rectangular, triangular or infinity

5.  Fall TV season – NCIS and Big Bang Theory

6.  Fall foliage

7.  Leg shaving season is over - Thank Maxine for this one!

8.  Candy corn and peanuts – It doesn’t feel right to eat these out-of-season!

9.  Ground cherries

10. Time to begin obsessing over our annual holiday letter - I have the idea and my daughter is creating a framework to get it started.  Stay tuned!

What captivates your attention each fall?  Link up or add your own in the comments.

Helping Other Women: Monday Listicles

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I am a seasoned woman.  In less than two years, I will celebrate my 50th birthday.  It should go without saying, that I’ve accumulated a lot of life experience over the years.  I’ve acquired much wisdom by making mistakes, by reading, by watching Oprah, by listening to stories, by observation and by seeking advice…often times, from other women.

Throughout my adult life, I’ve surrounded myself with wise women.  I’ve worked, worshiped, conversed, laughed and cried with them.  They have mentored and empowered me.

I believe all women should be so blessed.  And, I’m not alone!  Back in 2006, Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, stated, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

We need other women in our lives.  Women need to help other women.

So as to escape the eternal flames, here’s what wisdom I wish to impart to other women:

10 Things Every Woman Should Know

1.  Never underestimate the restorative/healing properties of the sun, sand and surf.  (This assumes a minimum of SPF 30 protection unless you want your skin to age prematurely!)

2.  Know your lady parts and the importance of annual gynecological exams.

3.  Love your gray/white/silver hair!  It’s a natural sign of wisdom!

4.  It’s OK to eat peanut butter straight from the jar and to consume chocolate daily.

5.  Sex is for your enjoyment as well as your partner’s.

6.  Read.  Think critically (especially when celebrities contradict scientific evidence).

7.  Have the ability to support yourself financially.

8.  Own a passport and travel outside your country of origin.

9.  Nourish your creativity.

10. Your value as a woman has nothing to do with your marital status or whether you procreate.  Your value as a woman has nothing to do with your body shape or clothing size.

What words of wisdom would you add?

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Nightstand Show and Tell: Monday Listicles

My nightstand

My nightstand minus my smartphone

I’m currently taking a break from the blogging scene and am reevaluating how I want to spend my time and energies.  However, I started feeling guilty when I saw Stasha’s Monday Listicles because the prompt was my idea.

Peering into or on a nightstand reveals much about one’s personality, interests and lifestyle.  My nightstand stores the items I want close by for reassurance, comfort and relaxation.  I’m glad this piece of furniture is no larger than it is, because the top becomes a magnet to too many lists and assorted reading material. Luckily, I have a drawer and storage space below to stash other necessities.

I loved show and tell as a youngster!  So, here’s my grown-up version…

10 Things On or Inside My Nightstand:

1.  A coaster my daughter created during summer Bible School one year (a long time ago) which I use for either a glass of wine or a water bottle.

2.  My phone charging cord.  I use my smartphone as my alarm clock and this is a convenient docking space.

3.  The reading glasses I won in a giveaway a couple of months ago.

4.  My Kindle which includes…

5.  Lip balm

6.  Earplugs – my most essential sleeping aid to date!

7.  Body lotion

8.  Rice bag

9.  Portable clip-on reading light for use when reading traditional books.

10. Copy of my school/work phone tree which I don’t use much anymore since our school district went to automated phone calls and text alerts.

What do you keep conveniently located beside your bed?

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