Wednesday, October 01, 2008

AUTUMN BLISS

HERE COMES THE sun...finally! We've had continuous heavy rain since Friday and when Joe enthusiastically announced that it's sunny out, I frantically grabbed my camera to pay one of the two stiff neighbors (AKA cemeteries) a visit. This would be my second time around in this place since we bought our property in 2002! To me, cemeteries always equals zombie movies...weird thoughts, I know!

Anyways, I'm thrilled to be sharing this particular tree from this historical cemetery (located just right next to my property) for the very first time as New England's annual parade of autumn colors steps off. It's still early in the season, but the colors of autumn are coming on strong here in Little Rhody. We are expecting approximate peak color dates around the third week of October just in time for the Columbus weekend. Some people may never travel to here and see the greatest show in New England... so, in some way, what I shoot, provides a chance for you, my sweet friends, to experience a New England fall trip.


More splashes of tangerine and gold from this tree, and on a trip to southern Rhode Island last weekend, I saw richer fall color than I anticipated with the calendar still displaying September. The five-day rains sent a few leaves tumbling to the ground, but most trees still sport full crowns. I've heard more showers in the forecast coming our way...sigh...not a good weather recipe for a great autumn display. I am very hopeful, though, that it's going to be a great one this year!




On the other hand, Joe's pain level is now somewhat controlled. The hospice nurses are really awesome in taking care of all his needs. He's actually fishing right now with his brother John. He'll see a local oncologist next week for more opinion as he's having difficulty AGAIN digesting food (the very same problem before he had his chemo). He's back to juicing (mainly carrots, an apple and a few spinach leaves)and that seems to go down OKAY. And yours truly, decided to take some time off from work for a couple of weeks to spend more time with Joe and to blow the cobwebs away. I will have sessions of REIKI/Healing therapy pretty soon complements by the Hospice of RI. I never had one before so I'm excited about that! Has anyone tried REIKI before? Please share your experience...

P.S. Thanks to everyone who participated on my little poll. AUTUMN took the gold, followed by Spring then Summer and then Winter. That was fun!.

20 comments:

The Brenda Blog said...

I'm so glad you're spirits were good enough to take photos. That always lifts me, somehow, to take my camera and go out into nature and my gardens and see life through my lens.
Brenda

Virginia said...

Just a visit to check how things are going. I’m glad that Joe ‘s
pain has ease a little, and that both of you are enjoying God’s
glorious creation. It’s good that you decided to take some time off,
It’ll do you good and I’m sure Joe will be happy.
I work at a Spa-Hair Salon and they do Reiki there, I haven’t had it myself but some of my clients swear by it.
Many Blessings for you and Joe, Virginia

Judy said...

Hi Connie, It sounds like you and Joe are in good spirits and that is half the battle. The pictures are awesome. I've never been there and now I can visit via you!! I never have any luck winning either. I'm glad you joined in my giveaway. It's fun even if we don't win. Have a good rest of the week.

Debbie said...

I know what a wonderful treat it must have been for you to see the sun. I get the same way when it's cloudy/rainy for days on end.

I love your autumn pics Connie, just simply gorgeous!

I'm so happy your taking some time off with Joe. And happy to hear his pain is controlled. I'm sure it was so good for him to be able to get out and fish. That is always theraputic for me. I pray he can start digesting food soon.

I've never had the REIKI treatment but it sounds good and I hope you really like it. Please let us know how it goes.

Blessings - Debbie

Mari said...

Glad to hear you and Joe are in high spirits.

Your pictures are great. It truly is autumn in your place. Here in Southern California the heat is horrendous...and we have to bear the high humidity as well. Can't do much gardening or outdoor activities.

Have a blessed day.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

HELLO,
I`M DEBBIE... AND I FOUND YOUR LOVELY BLOG THROUGH MY FRIEND JUDY!
I WAS DRAWN TO IT BECAUSE OF YOUR BLOG NAME: CASA MARIA!
THAT`S IN PORTUGUESE... AND I`M PORTUGUESE!
BY THE WAY... WHILE LOOKING AT YOUR PAST POSTS, I HAVE NOTICED THAT WE BOTH LOVE CROSS-STITCHING!
I`M SORRY TO HEAR THAT JOE ISN`T SO WELL... AND I DO HOPE THAT HE WILL SOON RECOVER!
I WILL ADD YOU TO MY FAVORITES... SO I CAN COME BACK AND SEE HOW ARE YOU BOTH DOING!
BOTH OF YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS!
KISSES
DEBBIE MOSS

(ALL THE WAY FROM BEAUTIFUL BUT, WET ENGLAND)

Nance said...

Hi Connie,
when you can, please go visit my blog, I have an award for you!

'good day!
nance

Debra said...

Oh look at those pretty orange leaves....beautiful.

Alex said...

Hi Connie...I love your new header..and your new photos. They are so beautiful and relaxing. I'm always thinking of you!! Thanks for stopping by.

*hugs*

Debbie in CA : ) said...

"Tangerine." You found just the perfect word for that luscious leaf color. Thank you so much for the "peek" at the leaves. I look forward to seeing more in the near future.

I had the delight of visiting a girlfriend attending medical school in Boston one autumn (in the 80's) and we drove through the most fabulous "leaf shows" I have ever seen . . . till I moved here to the Sierras and realized our fall foliage display rivals the east cost. What a blessing! I just love fall!

Prayers still flowing for you and J as you take this break from work and live the daily life of peace and love and joy.

A little "Fall Cleaning" is always fun. I've been rearranging cupboards to gain easier access to my baking bowls, etc. We have rain predicted 90% for tomorrow -- WE ARE CELEBRATING!! I baked bread this week and served it with chicken stew. Last night I served up roasted chicken and stuffing. Ahhhhhh . . . such comfort food filling the house with delicious aromas all afternoon. Makes us all hungry earlier -- imagine that! ; )

Thanks for the beautiful update. Someday I would love to see a Little Rhody Fall Display in person.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am soooooooo envious.....upps....I should not covet right??? Well lets just say that I wish we had a little of your colorful fall. Your pictures are beautiful...thanks for sharing. I wish we could visit you. I've been told that there is nothing more beautiful than New England in the fall.

Tell me about Joe. Is he your husband? I am sorry that he is so ill and hope he is not in too much pain.

Please come visit me again. I am excited to find a new blog friend.

Have a good day. Grammy Lura

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Someday I would love to make it to New England in the fall to see all the color!

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog!!

Virginia said...

My dear Connie,
My post today is dedicated to all that like you are going through rough times, just know that I have you and Joe in my prayers.
And that I stand in hope one day we will find a cure, but until them remember that each day is a gift and each one carries with it special moments.
Enjoy these moments.
Blessings, Virginia

Lynne said...

Love the pictures. Sorry things aren't too good with you at present. You should enjoy the Reike, it's good.
Lynne

g said...

Your autumn new look is wonderful.

Good to hear that something is helping Joe's pain. I don't know anything about Reiki, but I am so glad that you are doing something constructive, acquiring real knowledge to help you and Joe go through this with real strength. How wonderful that he will have someone with him who is both loving AND trained to help him. Such love and devotion is really admirable.

Bless you both.

Alex said...

Hello, sweet one! Just stopping by to see how you are. Thinking of you! *hugs*

Nola @ Alamo North said...

Hi, I found you via thebrendablog. Your photos are great; I wish I had real fall photos to show. Here in Texas the leaves haven't yet begun to change colors.

CIELO said...

I know is a cemetery, but what beautiful place that is! I can feel nature saluting its dead.

May God fill both, your and Joe's heart with gladness to cheer you.

cielo

Alex said...

Hi Connie...how are you? and Joe? I hope all is well. You are always in my thoughts! *hugs*

Les Cotrions said...

Hello my friend!
What lovely pictures and colours!
Magic autumn!
Have a nice week end!
Hugs,
Vale