31 Days of Transitioning to Autumn: day 7 {The Great Big Fall List pt. 2}

This is one of my Great Big Fall lists. I’m doing them scrapbooked into journals, too. But I thought I’d do this one to show y’all! As I promised I would. Maybe it will give you an idea of what I was thinking in my last post.

The Great Big Fall List

I think it’s great to savor each season and making a list of fall-specific ideas is a great way to make October special and make it stand out from the rest of the months of the year!

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31 Days of Transitioning to Autumn: day 6 { THE GREAT BIG FALL LIST}

Feeling rather uninspired I look beyond myself today for inspiration. There are no words in me to be shared. Nothing grand. But around me I see that fall has truly arrived. In it I look for ideas to fill both my blog and my life. Not that my life isn’t sufficiently filled by those everyday demands on our time, but I mean something a little different. I mean sparks of blissful contentment in the face of the everyday and the problems. I mean that beautiful golden maple out back when you’re feeling low. I mean that soft bloodhound puppy when you don’t want to leave home. I mean the perfect cup of chai tea when your throat is sore and you’re trying to check off your to-do list. The little things. Those little things that make this season special and unique and different from the others.

The Great Big Fall List project via. ThisGreenEyedGirl

So here’s my fall challenge for the day: THE GREAT BIG FALL LIST.

1. Make a list of your favorite things about fall. Maybe 8-10.

2. Now add to it a bucket list of fall activities to do.

3. Illustrate your list by hand. Maybe scrapbooking, drawing, or painting.

4. Post this list where it can be seen and start doing it!!!

 

Take photos of the things you said you appreciate. Journal a few sentences about

them. If it’s leaves, start a leaf collection. Delve deeper into the appreciation of the

season. Do it with your friends, your family, your kids, your blog readers. I will be

sharing my own list soon!!!

For some bucket list inspiration go here!!

For some illustration inspiration go here!!

31Days of Transitioning to Autumn: day 5 {A Simpler Life}

I spent yesterday logging on a hillside, maneuvering the tractor between ruts of an old logging trail, as I skidded trees to the plateau below. 100 footers crashed down right in front of me, blowing leaves into my face. You feel the wind from them as they land. Logging #31Days post on living a simpler life

 (image from pinterest)

I took a break and tried to doze off for a minute on the Kabota seat about three o’clock.  My worn boots propped up on the steering wheel.  Getting more and more worn with each job. Each treck up the mountain side.

Yesterday I thought about work and the warmth it brings to your heart. I wrote that life begins in work and transitions into love. Be it our jobs, our relationships, our homes. It’s a union of work and time that brings forth a deep sense of satisfaction in accomplishment. That’s how a life is built. My very first post in this series I spoke of my fear of change and my epiphany that it’s not change I have a problem with… it’s transition.

This morning I fed the dogs… squeezing in a few moments to hold the puppies. They’re just learning to walk! I wandered into the hoop-houses and hung my quilted denim jacket on the hook… it’s nice and warm inside. I watered the greens and got my hands dirty doing some weeding in the salad beds.

hoophouses at NarrowGateFarms

The cows are mooing out back. The sun is glowing. I hear the crickets….

Cow at NarrowGateFarms #31Days post on living a simpler life from ThisGreenEyedGirl

Am I delving too deeply into the ambiance of farm-life here? I promise I’m not exaggerating.

Farms wake you up in new ways. Not just in the morning but in your soul. They wake your senses to every small sensational pleasure.

They take you new places you never knew you wanted to go.

And slowly I begin to make the transition to a simpler life.

Seedlings #31Days post on living simply via. ThisGreenEyedGirl

Don’t we all want that? We don’t want to Change… we don’t want to transition daily. Buy less, spend less, breathe more, slow down, cook for our families, blister our hands… but ultimately once we pass through the time of transition we’re happy to find ourselves in a more peaceful state of simplicity. One where suddenly we can ‘take this morning’ and savor the sunlight of a Saturday, write what’s on our hearts, slowly pull on our boots and a flannel shirt, make our way out and water the hoop-houses and feed the puppies. Stop and hold them. Quietly cook and eat breakfast with the ones we love. The ones who have built this with us. Sip our coffee and do our devotions together.

Beekeeping

Not rush off to appointments. Not get angry calls from the boss. Not worry about whether or not our clothes are office presentable.

Simple work. Simple love. Simple life. Simple change.

winter chores

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

So tell me…. is it worth some sacrifice to transition into a life with more simplicity?

“Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward.”

Can this be a change we learn to love?

#31Days  (little Hen)

(photo stolen from this post)

Simplicity:

love without strings attached.  Someone holding your hand.  Honey on home baked bread.  Sunflowers in a mason jar.  Coffee in the morning.  A good book.  Visiting with friends over a glass of sweet tea on the front porch.   Weeding a garden bed.  Cutting hay.  Logging a hillside.

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31 Days of Transistioning to Autumn: day four {Work to Warmth}

  “Draw me ever on life’s journey – Rendered thus to understand- As a songbird that has fallen – Only to regain the sky – From this frozen shadow valley – Lay my sweary head.

Love is from no distance calling – faithful as the rising sun – warms the bitter heart and heartache – Til the east of Eden’s gone – Clouds of fear and misconception – wax and wane as if the moon – so is in a sense forgotten – Til the will of God be known “

I walked out onto the porch of the log cabin, a friend’s baby on my hip, and looked out over the land. Lush. Ready to be tended. The sun was setting low. Pink sky. A day’s work done. Trying to dry home in for the coming winter. Each of us coming inside, chinking on our hands, to fix a cup of coffee. I rub chickweed salve on my palms, blistering from the lime in the mortar. Ladies cooking over the open fire in the yard. Slowly, we all gather round in the kitchen to bless the food. Quiet prayer. Food fixed, so satisfying at the end of the day, we sit down together. On the steps, in chairs pulled out to the porch, and in the handmade hammock swinging gently. We share stories. Sip coffee. It has the marks of an autumn eve, soft breeze, hot coffee, cinnamon cookies.

And through it all I think to myself  ‘This is a life. A life to build on.’

Life isn’t bliss. It isn’t easy. It isn’t love at first sight or fairytales. Not for most of us.

It’s work. Sometimes, hard work. To build a life takes work.

Work via. thisgreeneyedgirl A 31 Days post on the transition from work to love.

It is from work that warmth of heart comes. Satisfaction at a job well done. Bonds made side by side. Staying on next to someone when things grow tough. Remaining at their side when life throws hard times. It’s sweat. It’s toil. It’s quiet mountain evenings on the porch at the end of the day. Gentle strength.

It begins in work and transitions to love…

Love begins and transitions into needful work…..

Never one with out the other, stagnant. They are forever joined hand in hand.

Gracefully transitioning in and out of one another intertwined as the bramble and the rose. But it brings me peace. It’s those who never know work, toil, accomplishment that never know true gain. Never know that warmth of heart at the end of the day.

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31 Days of Transistioning to Autumn: day 3 {Mr. Fox}

So, I pretty much felt that this fall would have no credence to it without a fox sweater. I’ve been wanting one sooo long. I think I wrote about my obsession a while back right here when I found a great handmade one on Etsy.

Well, I finally wised up and just made one.

I still have a few finishing touches to put on but I thought I’d go ahead and share with y’all. Is there anything more ‘Autumn’ than a good sweater? I love sweaters.

Fox Sweater and Cords

Fox Sweater

Fox Sweater outfit via. ThisGreenEyedGirl

Fox Sweater and Cords with Vinyl

Record and Mocs via. ThisGreenEyedGirl

Sweaters via. thisgreeneyedgirl

You can find a DIY Fox Sweater tutorial here.

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