Gratitude Journal….Beauty Voyeur

The air is crisp and fresh, just a little too cold for these flip-flops and this baggy gray sweatshirt but it feels good, feels like a cool drink of water after a long, hot day.  I am in the yard, it is 7:15 and I have had a breakfast of today’s reading from the The One Year Bible: The entire English Standard Version arranged in 365 daily readings.  I have fed the animals, have done two loads of laundry.  Now, camera in hand, I am searching for bits of beauty to record, thankful blessings that represent what’s in my heart.  I try not to wonder what the neighbors will think, me out here again scouting for a picture to sum up a thousand words as they are standing at their kitchen windows, rinsing out a coffee mug, or getting into their cars and tuning their radio for the commute.  I am a crazy, beauty-seeking God-lover and this has blessed me, and I hope they ask one day what I’m doing out here…a beauty voyeur with a camera, snapping moments of grace and smiling away in the early morning light.  Today, as my fingers and toes grow cold in the almost-frost of this October morning, I find…

  400. Red roses blooming still
 401. The purple-blue that dots a carpet of green around the house
 402. Luminous yellow peering from behind the Weeping Mulberry
 403. Crimson stars…Oh, the brightness of that color!
 404. Just a touch of Sunrise Gold still hanging in the painted sky
 405. A rainbow of color in a single frame
406. Our doorbell, old-school verdigris against freshly yellow clapboard

 

 407. Oh, the new paint!  All but the rails and doors.
 410. The shiny-green shutters, and butter yellow

 

 411. The safe new coat this displaced-farmhouse wears, lead-free and winter ready

And more blessings counted….
412. The cottage, too, its pain nearly finished
413. Soup and Scripture, fellowship tonight
 414. That the garage is lead-free and requires nothing but a coat of paint
415. Family and Sunday Dinner
416. Dental insurance
417. Public Libraries
418. The smell of cinnamon 
419. The weather holding, still
420. New nickle knobs on kitchen cabinets

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7 thoughts on “Gratitude Journal….Beauty Voyeur

  1. The colors, the cool air and the smell of cinnamon . . . I'm grateful for the blessings of each season — and the surprising remnants of a previous one. Beauty everywhere!!

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