I set the Thanksgiving table today, ahead of time (before the kitchen work’s too intense). The weight of the plates and such helps pull wrinkles in the tablecloth out. A no-iron tablecloth- perfect!
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Decorate the Thanksgiving table with seasonal fruit: pomegranates, persimmons, citrus & greenery. Write each person’s name on a colorful autumn leaf, with a sharpie pen.
Just when the last dahlias of summer were finished blooming, a few fall berries started ripening. I threw everything together in a vase and realized: there really IS a season for everything, and “a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Even when we grieve the ending of one thing, there is a a new thing to rejoice in.
There seems to be a painful period in the first thirty days, before establishing a habit. But after doing the groundwork, denying the cravings or whatever it is for a month or so, a habit settles in. Self-control starts being second nature. Ideally, we even start enjoying what we are blessed with, instead of craving…
A drought has been officially declared here in California, yet I post this picture on one of our (few) rainy days. Perhaps the ravines will yet indeed run with water! After all, God promises.
It really isn’t as satisfying as advertisers might claim, to accumulate more & more “stuff”. Seems like the best gifts are received through our relationships with others.
Every Christmas, my husband gets the lights going on the cross he made at our back fence. A reminder of what Christmas is really about!
Also, isn’t it better to enjoy a small amount of organic veggies, served with love, than to eat a huge steak or fatty chicken, pumped up on steroids and chemicals to make it gain weight?!
We might take abundance for granted in our land of plenty. How bittersweet it must’ve been for Job, remembering the days when God had so blessed him. He went through such trials…
I’ve been taking photographs to go with some Bible verses. This pic was taken in Yountville, across the street from The French Laundry. In a perfect world, we might all have such crops!