What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thursday Thankfulness...Friday Foto Friends: Fall Has Arrived!

Good Morning, and Happy Autumn, Fall, Autumnal Equinox, whatever you want to call it, it's finally here and we are so glad!  My calendar says that actually the Autumnal Equinox isn't until tomorrow, but everything else says that Fall begins today, and so I am going to accept that and run with it! I will never forget the first time I remember hearing the term "Autumnal Equinox" used was by my then 5 year old grandson Noah. We had just arrived in Maine on the airplane from Florida and they came to pick us up at the airport. As we were driving out the gate and down the highway I was remarking about how beautiful all the fall leaves were and I asked Noah what he thought about it being "Fall".  He promptly corrected me and said, "Oh no, Grandma! It's the Autumnal Equinox!".  I about fell over with surprise! Out of the mouth of babes should come such big words! LOL. He was very precise in his pronunciation of those words and I was totally stunned that a five year old would even be able to say such words, let alone know what they meant! LOL.  He always was very good with words, and even to this day when he is now almost 23 years old he has a very rich vocabulary. (I just wish he'd call and say Hi more often...)

So today I am thankful for the beautiful weather we are having...it has finally started to cool down just a tad, and the rains seem to have let up for a little while so we can dry out and not be quite so humid.
And so hubby and I decided that on the mornings we go to work at Dixie Cottage we will get there a bit early and take a walk on the beautiful walking trail that starts right outside the door of the store:
There he goes...hey! Wait for me! LOL.  Anyway, this lovely walking path follows the old railroad track line through the old historic section of town, and it is a perfect place for us to take a nice morning walk before we open the store for business.

I was happy to see a variety of wildflowers and Beautyberries along the trail...

A perfect place to catch a glimpse of a Zebra Longwing butterfly sipping its morning nectar from the flowers:

It was quite elusive to my camera's eye...I had to keep trying to follow it as it fluttered and flittered by me:

You can tell that his wings were fluttering in this photo below:

And finally he lighted on this Firebush plant so that I could get a good picture:

I finally also caught up with hubby so we could take a selfie:

We are both wearing our "Dixie Cottage" t-shirts so you know we are "official". LOL.

I loved seeing these Turk's Cap Mallow flowers, which is kind of like a Hibiscus that never opens up. I remember as kids on the school playground we would pull out the flower and suck the nectar out of the end of it...it was SO sweet! Yes, the butterflies and hummingbirds love this flower too!

The view across the highway from where we were walking...a beautiful little lake

We turned around and headed back towards the store, and then I noticed these
beautiful Coral Vine flowers blooming all over the bushes and up on the trees along the road:

Even though they are beautiful, they will take over wherever they are if not kept pruned back...

Oh, another butterfly on the wild lantana bushes:

And there were lots of bees and Skipper butterflies on these wild Coreopsis flowers, (see picture below) also known as "tickseed". I thought this was an interesting comment in the Wikipedia explanation and description of these flowers: "Coreopsis is a variable genus closely related to Bidens. "  Here is the definition of that:
"Bidens is a genus of flowering plants in the aster familyAsteraceae. The common names beggarticksblack jackburr marigoldscobbler's pegsSpanish needlesstickseedstickseeds and tickseed sunflowers refer to the fruits of the plants, most of which are bristly and barbed, with two sharp pappi at the end. The generic name refers to the same character; Bidens comes from the Latin bis ("two") and dens ("tooth")."[3]

Without getting political, I'll just leave that information right there...LOL.

Okay, switching gears a bit, something "new" is developing in our neighborhood.  At the entrance to our subdivision is a large 3 acre tract of commercial land that was nicely wooded. It had been for sale for a while, and finally was sold. So this week they began to clear the land.  Being the good nosey neighbors that we are, we stopped and asked the foreman of the land clearing crew if he knew what was going to be put on this land. He said a "Dollar General Store".  I about choked. I said, "You've got to be kidding!" He said no he wasn't...   Well, here's the scoop on that...we already have a Dollar General store 2 miles to the east of this location. AND, we have another Dollar General store 2 miles to the west of this location, and about a mile beyond that one is a Family Dollar Store that is also a Dollar Tree store since they merged.  Our little town is overrun with Dollar stores, gas stations and thrift stores and one grocery store.  We need restaurants and other kinds of businesses...not another Dollar General Store! And especially not in the entrance to our subdivision.  I contacted our County Commissioner to verify this and he was actually surprised himself, but did some research and found out it is true. So I asked him to please make sure they put a traffic light at that intersection because it is already a dangerous intersection trying to get out onto the highway, etc.  We'll see what happens with that.  

So here are the pictures of the work being done...

These were taken a couple of days ago. The property is mostly clear now. Thankfully they left a boundary of trees around the edges that connect to our housing development.  We live about 1/8th of a mile from this.  I am not a happy camper. My husband actually is a huge Dollar General fan, and now he can just walk there if he wants to. LOL.  Life goes on...trying to keep a positive attitude.

And so here's something funny.  I am working on my outfit for the "High Tea with Mrs. Henry Flagler" that is coming up next weekend.  It was suggested that we come in "period style clothes" of the 1890's, etc.  When I called to get more information I was told that the hats should be large and have lots of flowers. Please don't laugh. I was just sticking some fake flowers around the brim of the hat, but they aren't fastened yet and I didn't know my hubby was going to take my picture or I would have fixed it better.  

A friend from our church gave me the beautiful turquoise colored hat and said I could keep it and do whatever I needed to do with it. So that became my color guide for figuring out the rest of the outfit.

This is definitely still a work in progress.  When the outfit is finally complete, I will take some better pictures to share with you.  Meanwhile, I am excited that one of our friends who comments on blogs occasionally but doesn't have her own blog and who lives in this area is going to come and go with me to the tea.  Then today I heard from another friend in the area who also plans to attend.  It's going to be a lot of fun.

Here is a brief history of Henry Flagler, and HERE is more information about his third wife, who loved to throw lavish parties and was the one who loved the big hats and lots of flowers. It should be a very interesting and fun tea party!

 I guess that's enough stuff for today and tomorrow.  I am thankful for how God watches over us in so many ways.  Oh, and I am also thankful that I did actually hear from our grandson today. I sent him a text this morning to wish him a "Happy Autumnal Equinox Day", and he wrote back a text and told me what he's been doing and apologized for not staying in touch better. Of course I'd love to have a real phone call, but for now I'll take whatever I can get. I know he's busy working every day, and that's a good thing, and he's healthy and safe...and that's an even better thing.  So that was an answer to prayer.

"To everything there is a season, 
A time for every purpose under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1


  1. Nice flower shots. I got a good kick out of Bidens. Boys are not good at staying in touch on the whole and that's sad. I hope you can have more time with him in the future. I am all for families being together as much as possible. I would go to the Mrs. Flagler with you if I was there. It looks like it can be a good time. Your outfit looks pretty authentic!

  2. How nice to have such a great place to walk and see such beauty before you begin your shifts at the store. I also understand your angst at having the beautiful trees cut for yet another Dollar General. They seem to be everywhere here too.
    Love your beautiful outfit and hat. I'll need to have a hat for our sons wedding at Cambridge next fall. I'm not a hat person so I'll need some help. ha!

  3. I like texting…if everyone called me, I would never get off the phone…love the hat…Dollar General my favorite…think of the money you will save.

  4. Texting is the way for that younger generation. That is how I connect with Lauren and Tristan. Better than not touching base at all!! Pam, I LOVE your outfit and hat for the tea!! Can't wait to see your finished hat and hopefully lots of photos from the event!! How fun that you have blogging friends coming, too!! Wish I could join you! Great photos and I am in love with the zebra butterfly!! I've never seen one before and love it!! Have a blessed weekend! xo

  5. Oh don't you look festive in that hat. Love your butterfly pictures and I totally agree with you about that Dollar General. They are everywhere these days.

  6. The flowers on the trail are so pretty what a great idea to utilize the trail before work! I just love your hat and outfit. I found some gloves of that period on Amazon of all places, will order today. I agree about all the dollar general stores we have a new one in our neighborhood, one advantage however our neighbors tell us was it brought high speed internet to the area. I am told that previously these rural areas had little or no providers.

  7. Love your outfit! The skirt is especially pretty. I also enjoyed all the pictures of the flowers and appreciated the added info about a certain species. I would be dismayed about the store going in as well, but must confess that one is going in across from my grands' high school and am thinking how handy that will be. The closest one now is 12 miles away. Happy autumn to you!

  8. We live in a rural area, but like you, have dollar stores all over the place!
    I didn’t get bidens this year (hadn’t heard of them previously) because of the name ;)
    You look beautiful in your hat and lovely ensemble!

  9. Your outfit is stunning, Pamela! It will be so perfect for the fancy tea you will be attending. Yes, I had a laugh over the Bidens, and adored your nature photos, as always. Glad, too, that you heard from your grandson and that he's doing so well. Good to know that there are some in this younger generation who value hard work!

  10. Great idea, beginning your day together while it's still cool(ish?)! Ouch(!) on that Dollar General; they recently built one a mile up the road. Like locust, they're everywhere! Love how you've pulled everything together to achieve this vintage look. Smashing, m'dear!

  11. Pam: Each child is different. Roger used to email me or phone us. Now, he calls us at least once or twice a week. I love the outfit. Of course teal is my favorite color. I read and enjoyed reading about the Kenans. If we didn't have a Dollar General near us, some people would have to spend a lot of time at our Kroger affiliate. It takes Jim a minimum of one hour to go to the Kroger affiliate. I love the nature scences. Your walking area looks interesting.There is a community center near us that has walkers each weekday morning. My best friend and I may be trying to go there for the exercise. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  12. Hi Pamela, I enjoyed the pictures from your nature walk. Looks like the Dollar Tree is everywhere! They should change the name since things went up 25 cents! Looks like you are ready for your high tea!

  13. Beautiful flowers and butterflies. I think your outfit for the tea is really cute. I hope you have a really good time with your friends.

  14. You know I love love your blog
    Hope to visit the store
    I wish people would avoid politics
    It does not matter who the leaders are, we
    Should be respectful. Maybe look at other countries…maybe remember as Christians if we can’t say something nice don’t say it. I have stopped reading any blog that gets political. Either party.

  15. I love kids with big vocabularies! I have a daughter who lives out of state, and it’s hard to not being in contact more, sometimes it’s my fault! She’s a busy momma of four young kids. I really like you outfit and your hat is great!

  16. Pam, I commented and it went through as anonymous, that was my fault. You don’t need to publish this comment just wanted you to know

  17. Your photographs are beautiful and so are you in your high tea elegant look. Happy autumn!

  18. Beautiful post, Pam, as always. I absolutely love your ensemble for the tea with Mrs. Henry Flagler. I'm sure that will be a delightful event and I'm so glad you get to attend. I look forward to hearing about it in a future post!


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