Cruel, Cruel Summer...is Outta Here!

The Redemption of Texas has finally come to rescue us all from the early Festivus that was waging its Grievances and Feats of Strength against our state.  I, personally, lost the crabapple tree that we planted in honor of the conception of my first son, the english ivey in the back yard, and I am pretty sure my St. Augustine grass is toast.  I don't think it's supposed to crunch when you walk on it... In mid July, when I heard that rain was not in the forecast until OCTOBER (?!?!?), I knew we were in for it.  Our cold tap water was warm- hot, even...we didn't use the hot tap all season. We were planning to take a trip to Sulpher, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend for a bit of cold-water relief (the springs there register around 70 degrees), but were notified that what usually looks like this:   currently looks like this:   On the one hand, I must admit it saved me from having to wear a swimsuit in public, which is truely a RARE and unforgettably ultraviolet sight, but on the other hand, I was almost willing to do ANYTHING, no matter how visually traumatizing to others, to cool down from this oven of a state. But, by the mercies of our God, we all (I know you felt it, too, 'cause I saw the Facebook postings!) were reminded this past weekend, including today, that in Texas, the Piper gets paid from mid June to August's end, but the rest of the year is Heaven on Earth. SO, in honor of Autumn, which hasn't officially arrived, but is TOTALLY previewing Events to Come, I want to list a few things that will be inspiring me in this season:
  • Pumpkins: pies, soup, lattes, patches, and my pumpkin purse that makes me smile every time I see it.
  • Music: Daniel's Sonho Dourado is as Texas Autumn as they come; Also the theme song to my life.  It's always playing in my mind's background. Close your eyes when you listen to it.  You'll see what I mean.
  • Coffee and Bible Studies: What is one without the other? I am headed up to Lifeway today to see what's new with Beth Moore.  The Patriarchs is my all-time fav study of hers, unveiling the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob...and me, and penetrating my soul with these words: "God has set eternity in the hearts of man, yet man cannot fathom ALL that He has done from beginning to end." (ecclesiastes 3:11)
  • Yummy Recipes: I just made a deliciously healthy dish of roasted tomatoes, zuchinni, mozzerella, and pesto, in an almond flour crust, shared by my new Twitter friend, Tonia from Itty Bitty Impact.  The pictures alone on her site are enough to make you want to create a masterpiece or write a sonnet or learn to play the flute...In the words of Senator Palpatine to Anakin Skywalker, I am "watching her career with great interest" ;)
And finally,
  • children playing...OUTSIDE...
   May your Autumn Days be filled with the Beauty of Creation, the Warmth of the Hearth of Love, and the Full Bounty of the Harvest!  What INSPIRES you this season? UPDATE: 9/8/12- This summer wasn't QUITE as brutal, my grass never grew back, but we never noticed, due to the ENTIRE HOME MAKEOVER that began in May and continues today (I hear the saw cutting the Silestone counters as I type), and my legs are still as ultraviolet- they even made Facebook notariety:
Keri Lehmann
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