Don't Leaf me Now

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The plants in my gardens and trees in my yard have been with me, some on each move. I have said it before here, I take a piece of a plant, seeds, a small part of what will become my past, these are my memories, in part. Of good times and hard times, of laughter and tears. But always and forever, no matter what, it's a memory - and they are mine to keep.


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Such a sweet piece of history. This came from the summer house close to the Canadian Border.(A shout out to Canada!) She is such a delicate sort of beautiful. Can you see how pretty her little needles really are? I used to think when she was old enough, I would dig her up and use her for the annual Christmas Tree. I cannot help but think what a special blessing that will be for us. Paying homage to such a beautiful part of our life, then carefully placing her back in Mother Earth.


Today is #TreeTuesday initiated by @Old-Guy-Photos. Let's see some of those amazing tree posts!


Update Now way, Jose! Nobody is touching the precious tree that I risked life and limb for hauling it down here from up there. I just cannot do it. Although we have agreed that she needs to dress in a festive manner for the holidays.


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I'm curious. Aren't you? I have been seeing lots of pinecones on the trees this Autumn. So, I looked it up, and guess what? Some say that a profusion of pine cones in fall means a cold winter to follow. What? Can Pine Cones Predict the Weather? Much like the predictions that rely on an overabundance of fruit or nuts to predict what winter weather will bring, it is said that numerous pine cones in the fall foretell a long, cold winter source


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The pure joy and the beauty that the fall colors bring is muffled by the sight of barren trees, the work to clear the leaves and the task of putting it all to bed for a spell.I breathe deeply, inhaling the intensity of the feeling.

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I was doing a quick lap around the neighborhood, which was alive with color until this weekend, where the north wind showed his strength. I walk towards the pond across the street. There are actually more trees half gone and I have to carefully select the ones in color, we don't have far to go before we become nekkid. The local displays around the area have gone through the stages of color independent of one another. We are indeed lucky to have such a beautiful Autumn. I enjoy watching the cycle of life represented here. The beauty, the vulnerable winter, revealing her true self, and the regeneration as it comes once again. It gives you so many reasons to be in awe of Mother Nature.


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There is a small pond across the street from me. I love it in the spring as the new geese and ducks bring new babies into the world, teaching them how to swim in the safety of this private little piece of nature. There is this big tree full of green and streaks of blue (yes! blue!) lichen on it. Lichen is actually part of the biological soil crust. I have always just thought of it as a parasite of sorts. But, that was until it started putting out the blue color. Now, I just think it is kind of cool.


Isn't nature amazing and beautiful, all in the same breath? I have to say it is. Definitely. Yes.


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It is definitely starting to feel closer and I got those Christmas stamps from the Post Office and I even wrote out most of the Christmas catch up. I know, I could order them online, and I took plenty of flack for going the long way and wound my way through traffic to go to the Post Office. I got four different kinds of stamps and none of them were online, so I am glad I went. I am a little bit ahead of the game, it is starting to get a little bit harder to claim free time as the days are flying by and things are starting to call out for some attention. The shipping for overseas has been done, and the in-country ones are by the door, wrapped in festive paper, so it looks happy upon arrival. I put clear tape over that so it doesn't rip. But, the whole point is making somebody's Christmas a little more Christmassy. I keep saying that less will be more this year. More than I expect. :) I love this season of joy, it is all about family and friends. In keeping with the Christmas Countdown, I give you one seasonal picture and the day count! There are 32 days 00 hours 03 minutes and 27 seconds.


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All I have are my words, armed in my mind, written in pen, stand by stand. Oh, yes. Still by hand. It has a different feel. Altered not by keys, backspace, and delete, I write, erase, tear it to pieces and start all over again. And again.

It’s my way. I walk out to the deep end of the page and dive right in.


And just like that, this post is done. Come back tomorrow and we'll do it again! Thank you for taking the time, following along with me, perusing life. Have a wonderful day night!! week ahead! Never forget. Kindness counts, wherever you go, whatever you do.

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Your yard or garden tree are looking so beautiful. And also others tree are seen amazing. Nice photography

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Thank you so much for the kind words, I hope you are having a nice day!

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I like and share your tradition of taking plants. I learned it from my mom, whose garden was the focus of her life. I even add a little twist by including nice rocks and stones. Those do a wonder for keeping a memory! Great post!

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We do rocks and stones too. River rock, nice pink and green rocks from Phoenix, some from Pictured Rocks, a rock from Lublin, Poland where the kids relative was born. We have lots and they all mean something.

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It is so admirable that you plan your Christmas with so much attention, this makes me want to be more careful at this holidays. Hand writing is always nice, I like it when somebody appreciates it
I have just seen a post where someone did a handmade Christmas decoration, those are pretty cool too. It makes me want to paint a glass globe. I should do that.

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I'm so busy that if I dont plan it, it will never get done. This way, I don't get overwhelmed because I want to take on any more than I think I can do. It's as simple as that.
I love hanwritten letters. There's something so special about it. That people will actually take the time means a lot to me.
You should paint one! If I was in the least bit skilled, everybody would be given something painted. But I make a nice quilt!
Hello @creativemary! Happy Tuesday!

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Happy Tuesday to you too Denise🤗🤗Quilts are also cool, I bet you do some fancy ones

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all photography color combination just awesome. Tree and sky photography best one. @dswigle

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Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate your words!

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The excessive pine cone phenomenon is really interesting. Someone told me about that recently but I forget the reason they said why they do it. 🤔 😆
If you're saying that it means a cold winter is to come then maybe it's to increase the chances of a seed surviving? Or maybe trees are just super generous and want to help out the squirrels for a hard winter 🤣

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I do! I think that is Mother Nature's way of preserving humanity. Throwing a few extra kids out there. Very touching... or maybe, it is a sinister plot to take us over!

Wait. Let's scroll back and start again.

How thoughtful of her... Hihi! Have a nice day!

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Beautiful photography.
I love the title "don't leaf me now". :D

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Nature is amazing and always shows us its most beautiful version and sometimes makes us think. I had never heard that the profusion of pine cones in autumn could predict something like this, although I don't think it was something impossible, because nature and also the world change and adapt according to the environment! Not only in fruits, but also with animals, insects and in general in my opinion.

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Nature is amazing, for sure. I had never heard of it but looked it up when I was seeing it all over. I found it interesting!

I believe that Mother Nature takes care of her own and this is one of the ways that she does it. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your words! Have a great day!

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Such lovely vibrant photos Denise. You truly do have some stunning natural decor around you at the moment.

I can't believe we are this close to Christmas, I haven't done anything in prep, I guess I need to get onto it soon.

Have a great one 🌲

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Autumn is such a beautiful time of year and I do love the offering Mother Nature has and am basking in it.
It is so close to Christmas! I cannot believe it. I need to finish up so I can sit back and enjoy this time with family. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your words.

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I've really often thought about it, you know what the French say: To leave is to die a little, sorry, my mistake... Partir, c'est mourir un peu! For me it is true, every separation, either from beings or places makes me suffer. I thought of you and the countless moves. Was it hard? Probably, but now I understand how you made the parting easier. Taking little memories with you. From the garden and some of the little ones got big. I would have done the same as you...

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Yes! The separation, true. To die to what we love. We leave behind a bit of ourselves, wherever we have been.

It was hard, especially in the beginning. But, yes, taking a little bit with me. pieces of my heart if you will... A colored river rock from the beds of the desert. It is an interesting collection of me and my family.

The trees have gotten big, I have many of them at the Shore House as it is permanent, or the most permanent. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your words. Have a good day.

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Thank you! You certainly have a lot of memories. It's good to punctuate them with a souvenir.
Goodbyes are painful but thankfully no one dies. I could see that, that's the way life is. All the best!

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The plants and the trees you shared are enough to give me such a soothing feeling just by watching on it. I couldn't help but praise your words that armed in your mind that it feels like I'm hearing someone talking in a theater.

So you ready those trees for Christmas, how nice.

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I will do my tree this weekend. It is sort of tradition, although I have gotten most of the house together as I had a couple of days here to do it. My girls and I did a great job. :) We like it however it turns out.

I hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by! Have a great day, Paul! @mrnightmare89

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How cute to be carrying around a little piece of memory every time you move and stand-by for a long cold winter while I enjoy the tropics 🤣

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Amazing colours! ❤️ Your photography always beautiful and eye-catching.
Simply breathtaking and so peaceful. Thank you for sharing my dear sweet friend @dswigle.
God bless you.

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I swear I can remember my grandfather saying something about pine ones and cold winter 🥶. My uncle snd mom said trey don’t remember that but he said something similar I swear! I think winter is going to be a cold one in more ways then one. I say we obviously pay attention thin to the world around us but shut our the stress and build hope and love locally even as the world gets crazier

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I think you have this unique way of presenting life to us, and it is so beautiful like always. Thanks for this @dswigle

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