Over the past few months I have been completely immersed in the work we are doing at Ruby for Women. The monthly online magazine calls my name quite intently for many hours each month, and I always like to hang out in the Ruby for Women community as well as read the posts from our members on the Ruby for Women blog.
We are also in the process of the final phase of the brand-new subscription website, More from Ruby, where we are bringing together so much MORE of the kinds of resources for your everyday life this you have come to know and love in the Ruby community and blog. More from Ruby should be ready to launch in two weeks so we are busy as little bees uploading all of the new recipes, crafts, advice and wisdom articles, devotionals, Bible study series, home and family ideas, and so much more.
But today I decided that I need to take a break from all of that fun and hang out with my dear friend Katie from Katherine’s Corner! I’m hoping to connect with a few new bloggy friends through today’s Favorite Things Blog Hop, so I’ll be stopping by to visit the other “Blog Hoppers” this afternoon. I look forward to meeting YOU and would like to invite you to visit me in the Ruby for Women community, as well.
One of my favorite things is autumn. I love this time of year for many reasons, including the fact that now the days are cooler and it just seems like there is a freshness and new excitement in the air! Perhaps it is the temperature, or maybe it is the beginning of a new school year, or it might even be the anticipation of the holiday season just around the corner. Whatever the reason, this is my absolute favorite time of the year! Today the sun is shining in a brilliant blue sky, the leaves all around our little house are turning gorgeous shades of scarlet, gold, brown, and orange and in the woods behind our house we can see squirrels scurrying back and forth hiding their little treasures for the winter.
It is still warm enough for the girls to ride their bikes, or rake the leaves into piles for jumping in, or for finding furry caterpillars under the deck. When I was a little girl, I remember raking the leaves into piles and them spending hours raking them into little “walls” around my pretend house. I would create rooms in my “leaf houses” with doors, and sometimes I would even build pretend furniture out of tree branches and old logs that I found in our woods. I was the great architect of the neighborhood back in the day, and all the neighborhood kids would ask for my help in building their own “leaf houses.”
One time I even “hired” a boy from the neighborhood to “build” me a REAL “fort.” With a bunch of old boards and nails he scrounged up from behind his garage, he created the “first story” with a primitive door, window, and roof. I was ecstatic that I had a REAL “fort” where I could hide-out with my friends! Well, then I thought, if one story was so great, just think how amazing it would be if we had a “second story” to this magnificent structure.
So the next day, I asked him to “add on” to our amazing “fort,” and he managed to construct something (not sure it could really be called a “second story”) on top of the “first floor” of the REAL “fort.” My recollection is that it was probably too small to accomodate one whole person inside it, but it looked cool! I was so proud of that REAL “fort” in my backyard, and I only had to pay my “construction guy” 50 cents for each “story” of that memorable building.
Then . . . . well, I’m sure you can guess by now . . . . I was really into my “entrepreneurial” mode at 10 years of age, and figured that a “third story” would be the most impressive thing I could do with my young life. So, I paid him another 50 cents to build the “third story” on the top of that REAL “fort.” If my memory serves me correctly, it did have four sides and a “roof,” but there were no windows and, of course, there was no way anyone could actually get into it, but it looked so incredibly HUGE right there in my own back yard!
About this time, my mother decided that not only was 50 cents a “story” a bit extravagant for our little family to afford, she also decided that it was also probably dangerous for all the neighborhood kids to be climbing up on the silly thing. About the time I informed her that the third “story” was complete, she came roaring out the back door and demanded that my “construction guy” tear the whole thing down. I was devastated! But it was fun while it lasted ;o) And that is one of the reasons that autumn is my favorite time of the year . . . . so many memories of being a little girl playing in piles of leaves in the woods behind my cottage by the lake. Do you have any special memories of autumn days in your childhood? I would love to hear all about it!
Thanks, Katie, for sponsoring the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, and to Becky for co-hosting this week. Please visit Katie at Katherine’s Corner and Becky at Not Your Ordinary Recipes, and be sure to leave your link so we can come over and visit you, too! Have a great Thursday and enjoy YOUR favorite things! Nina