Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I saw the shifting colors today...Autumn and Halloween are on the way:-)

I love Autumn! It is that quiet time when the Earth prepares to rest. It gets out its brightest fabrics of leaves then shakes them with soft breezes so they fall in quilt patches to the ground. The air is crisp with the smells of the harvest and the soft nights yawn with frosty breath as winters sleep approaches.

Today I saw the first shifting of color that announces the beginning of Autumn. The summer dark greens of the forest lighten with a overlay of yellow accented small touches of color at the tip the tree tops. In a few weeks they will be ablaze!

In a few weeks the woods will be ablaze!

Produce stands are filling with a new crop of apples, bails of straw and pumpkins. Children have started back to school. The school buses roll along through country roads, town and city neighborhoods. If you listen carefully as they pass you can hear happy plans for Halloween.

Baroque Bat.
Halloween, the last big block party before we must hide from the cold winter winds. There will be Thanksgiving of course before winter comes calling but it will not bring out the joyful kid in all of us quite the same way as Halloween.

For children Halloween is fun, scary, a mystery, skeletons, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, bats flying past the moon and witches beckoning us to watch and listen to the night. It is a flashlight under the blankets when we should be asleep. It is sitting at the top of the stairs to listen to grownup talk and then being afraid to walk down the darkened hall to bed. When I was a girl it was sneaking into the living room and sitting by the radio, turned on just loud enough to hear if your ear was pressed close, to dark stories of the night.
Black Cat and Witches Hat.

For anyone who thinks childhood has passed them by, this time of year can bring you back to magical times, walking through the leaves, making the breath of dragons in the frosty air, sweet treats, dressing up, the last block party of the year... Autumn and Halloween.

Halloween, for the kid in all of us!

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Re-Joining the party...There is an App for that!

I started this blog over a year ago and I must say I have been remiss in keeping it up. I often think of things to blog about but sometimes I seem to get stuck in the past when most of us didn't share our thoughts...

I was born in the time of radio and books, not ebook, but paper and print books. My Google was the Public Library, National Geographic, News Papers, Magazines, and when I was 10 years old my parents bought us a used encyclopedia. We had typewriter but the children were not allowed to use it. So if you had a thought you got a #2 pencil and a piece of paper.

There wasn't a good way for the average person to share their thoughts except with individual letters to their closest family and friends or you where very lucky you might meet someone to share ideas with at school, work or a party.

Frogbird Says: You are as young as our thoughts.
Today we have email, blogs and social media. Things have changed and for the most part the changes are good. This new virtual world is  making our "Earth Lifeboat" smaller and is bringing us closer together as we learn about each other.

Much of what I have found in this virtual new world has been instructional and educational. Many of the people I have meet have been intelligent, witty and charming. I find, in this virtual, shall we say "Party", I can "mingle" to find people with whom I have a common interest, and meet new people that broaden my horizons.

 With this in mind I am going to make an effort to re-join the "Party". We learned from Frogbird to make the most of what we have around, so with that in mind I will make an effort to use the virtual world and be more prolific. I am trying a new App called "Posts" on my iPad and using dictation on both my Mac and iPad. I learned to touch type years ago in high school but find dictation to be much more fun.
Wrens in Frogbirds House and How He Got His Name

I hope you will enjoy my efforts and would love to hear from you. "Be Calm and Party On!"

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)
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