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Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground.

Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

What the Fall Leaves Teach us about People

After about an hour of hiking, Kibbs and I started thinking about all those different leaves all over the ground.
You know, those leaves on the ground are kind of like people.  You see all sorts of shapes, colors, and textures–and they’re all beautiful in their own way!

It’s hard to find a perfect leaf. For example, one leaf may have a bunch of different colors. Some have holes in them. Some have broken points. We’ve all got flaws, and it’s not like we the peeps we see on tv with perfect hair and flawless skin.

Fall leaves



What the Fall Leaves Teach us about Life

It’s kinda like us, isn’t it?
Our lives aren’t perfect, our families aren’t perfect…but everything seems to come together on this one beautiful rock called Earth.

What I’ve been Taught about Fall Leaves

Here’s one more thing about leaves…If you mow them into tiny bits rather than rake them, you’ve nourished your soil with a great source of nitrogen!  I’m one of the few in my neighborhood that doesn’t rake up all the fall leaves.  First of all, they are fun to toss at other family members, the pups like playing in them, I like the music they make under my boots, and I just think they’re really pretty.  So there’s your excuse for not raking this season.  Mow them instead for the sake of your soil.

Fall leaves


Happy Fall, Y’all!

Fall leaves with Spike and Snuggles
Spike and Snuggles love to play in the leaves.

Counting Cows Devotional Thought

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows. Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate. Then he would start counting cows.… Continue Reading

The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band

The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band Alumni Weekend. At the last minute, Princess Buttercup, one of her pals, Lefty, and I acquired tickets to go watch the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band! Oops! I meant to say that we got tickets to go watch the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide beat the University… Continue Reading

The Sunny Sunflower Field

The other day, I drove past this beautiful field of Sunflowers in a sunny field in the country near Athens, Alabama. Love!!! What southerner doesn’t love sunflowers? I surely do! There was a sign that said something like: You pick–Saturdays mornings! The field was near Isom’s Orchard, one of my favorite roadside farmer’s market that… Continue Reading

Happy Southerners Share their Plants

One of the things that southerners do best is to share plants. I ran into a very generous lady yesterday who gave me a ton of plants to install at Sweetgum House. Here we have purple basil (yummmmmm), variegated Privet, dill, and a type of weeping willow. My friend told me that the Privet is… Continue Reading

Pin or Pitch: Heart-friendly Salad Recipes

Here are some recipes that I tried this week in an effort to prep heart-healthy meals for Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and myself. I went to the American Heart Association’s website to see what they had online. Their Black Bean Salad looked okay, but I used the recipe from Allrecipes.com for mine. It definitely was a… Continue Reading

How Nature Praises God

Trees rustle in Morning’s strong wind. Sway high above, into bright, blue Sky– Pale green against bright blue. Leaves sing their rustling song. Clouds quickly scatter, Until Sky is clear. The Birds sing. The Trees sing. I sing. By: SLR   . This morning is a beautiful spring day. The sky is a clear blue.… Continue Reading

My Lovely Garden

Here it is, Everyone…(drum roll)…… My garden at Sweetgum House! Okay. That’s not entirely true. I ‘fess…Actually not true at all. All of these fantastic flowers/herbs are at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! And that is the real, true truth. Continue Reading