Random Five Friday: Fall Arrives

posted by Sharon September 27, 2013 14 Comments

1. This week fall swept in and brought a welcome chill to the morning. And lovely yellow blooms.

2. I enjoyed a hike along the river bed in Mission Trails park. Summer left this place dry and brown, but there’s still plenty of green in the trees. It’s still a peaceful getaway within a mile of my home.

3. The river in this part of the river bed is gone. In the spring I was jumping on rocks through flowing water. Now, it’s all dried up. And it was hot. So hot a little girl stood with her parents on the trail and cried and refused to take another step. Her mom poured water from a plastic bottle over the little one’s head and red face. Somehow this all made me wonder what the Indians did during the decades they lived here. Did they move upriver this time of year until they found water? Did they have some kind of water storage system? Now, we just pull out our bottles. We have life so easy in some ways, don’t we?

4. How would you define what success looks like for you? I came across an article that has this quote, and I love this take on success, paraphrased from author Wallace Wattles:

“I want to be financially successful . . . in order that I may surround myself with beautiful things, see distant lands with my kids, feed my mind, spend time with people I love and develop my intellect; in order that I may love others and do kind things, and be able to play a good part in helping the world to find truth.”

5. I read my first book by murder mystery author Louise Penny, Still Life. Set in a village in Quebec, the story drew me right in. The characters spring to life (well, all except the one with an arrow through her heart). So now I’m reading Penny’s recent book, The Way the Light Gets In. I highly recommend these!

How about you? How is your first week of fall going?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday.

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Karen September 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

I’m reading The Way Light Gets In right now, too! I’ve read all the books in the series and love them. They background story builds, though, so you may not feel the full impact of what is going on right now.

Your park looks like a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle! Enjoy your weekend!

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal September 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

We do often take for granted the things that we need to keep us alive and healthy.
I have a stack of books waiting for me — and I’ve promised myself I was going to set aside some time each day to read. Hasn’t happened yet — maybe today! 🙂

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a spirit of simplicity September 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

This is my favorite time of year. I love fall. I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction for school lately and haven’t had much time for pleasure reading.

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Coloring Outside the Lines September 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

I am enjoying the first week of fall so much! Yesterday I mowed, hoping against hope that this will have been the last time of the season for that. Probably not, but a girl can hope!

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Robyn September 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Sharon,
The River Bed trail looks like a great place to take in nature and let go of stress.

Great color capture in your first picture.

Awesome quote find and thought to ponder.

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Snap September 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I’m going to go read that article on success — the quote was great. I love the Louise Penny books and have read them all in order — necessary I think to get the whole story. So glad to hear you are enjoying them, too. Your photos are lovely. Looks like a great place to walk — as long as you have your water with you! I lived in NM for 23 years and often wondered how the Native Americans did it way back when.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I saw that article, very thought provoking!

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Amy September 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Beautiful pictures! I love how golden everything is this year. Great quote, enjoy your weekend!

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theartfuldiva September 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I’d love to join you on a hike sometime. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

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nina bille (@ThoughtsImages) September 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Hi Sharon,
I loke your quote on the succcesful life! And your hike must have been an enriching and beautiful experience – thank you for sharing those lovely captures!
Sunshine to your weekend,
Nina

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Rose September 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Love that first pic, and want to step into the others and see for myself. Our first week of fall has got off to a not so good start…but hoping things improve.

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Ida P. Krause September 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I’ve heard of the book your reading. I need to write that one down to see if our library has it.
Fall is slowly edging it’s way here. Lots of rain this week and cooler temps so the trees should start changing soon.
What a wonderful place you have so close by to hike.

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Leave It To Davis September 28, 2013 at 4:08 am

To me, anyone is successful if they are enjoying what they do and are doing it well…..whether it is the kid behind the counter at the fast food place or the CEO of a big multi-million dollar business. If they have not found happiness doing what they do, you can’t call it a success, can you?

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kathy September 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

What a gorgeous area of the country you live in! BEautiful scenery.

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