Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~American Indian saying
Milton (on left): I’m not moving.
Otis (on right): But I want to go north, and you’re in the way.
Milton: Too bad.
Otis: C’mon, bro, humor me. I’d move for you.
Milton, snorting: Yeah, right.
Otis: Really. Don’t you remember I moved yesterday so you could tightrope south?
Milton: I don’t remember that.
Otis: Well, I did. Now, move!
Milton: Nope. Not happening.
Otis: So how can I get over you to the pole?
Milton: Hm, let’s see. Pole vault?
Otis: You’re kidding, right?
Milton: Guess you’ll have to wait til I decide to move.
Otis: Oh, bother. I’ll just drop to the ground then.
Milton: Wait, there’s a dog down there!
Note: No squirrels were harmed here. Otis dropped to the evergreen, then went on his merry way. Milton left when he felt like it.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Mined as early as 7000 B.C. and prized throughout history, Lapis Lazuli is the universal symbol of wisdom and truth, used in jewelry, ornamental objects, dyes, and pigments.
Lapis is a metamorphic rock. True Lapis must contain at least 25 percent lazurite (which gives it a blue color), along with calcite (the white layers or mottling) and pyrite (the gold patches.). It gets its name from the Latin lapis (“stone”) and the Persian lazhuward (“blue”).
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are not taking cold. ~John Jay Chapman, American author
Fall colors…. so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary. ~Siobhan Vivian, bestselling American novelist
The estimated peak time for Fall color in Central Illinois is mid-October, but I’ve found that estimate to be off by a bit this year.
Still, all one has to do is get outside — regardless of cold, rain, and the urge to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate! — and the trees are ready to strut their stuff. Take a look and enjoy!