Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fingerprints on Friday

A very colorful week here, with the leaves changing their colors all around and it's a wonder there are any leaves left on their branches with these windy days.  It's fun to walk on these nice sunny days, admire these beautiful fingerprints of God, and crunch the leaves that have fallen...why rake when the wind will carry them away?  I used to think that the leaves changed their colors because of the lack of chlorophyll during the colder weather, but I learned that these leaves actually contain the pigments of the colors they will eventually turn.  Red leaves are really special as this pigment is sensitive to the PH of the sap of the tree, so depending on the acidity and amount of light it receives, will determine if the leaves turn red or purple.  I always wondered about the purple leaves...can purple occur naturally in nature?  Something to think about as I take in all these different colors of the fall that God created with his glorious light, one pigment at a time. 
Psalm 66:1,3
Shout joyfully to God...How awesome are your works.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tea for Two on Tuesday

Hot tea solves everything.  Well, that's not entirely true, but hot or iced tea certainly has a soothing, calming, and quenching effect on me.  I'm not a tea expert by any means, but I do like to try new things and there are so many different kinds's just exciting to a tea fanatic like myself.  I do like chamomile tea when I'm feeling a bit on edge or achy, as it calms me down and lets me sleep peacefully.  During the daytime, I usually choose a nice fruity tea or with a touch of mint...peach or raspberry teas are my favorites.  Decaffinated tea is sort of a misnomer, but what I like in the mornings as I try to wake the smell, the steam opens my pores and the hot cup warms my hands.  I went to a tea room with my daughter this weekend and since it was another warm fall day, we decided to have our lunch out on the deck.  She chose a green herbal tea to go with her portebella mushroom sandwich and salad (what's the difference?) and I chose peach tea to go with my fruited turkey sandwich and pasta salad.  We thought they had mixed up our teas but they proved to be correct, even though my tea looked green and hers looked peachy.  Looking at Bonnie's collection of tea cups and saucers was fun, and everything hanging on the walls had to do with tea.  A tea room...maybe I should decorate with tea?

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!