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What words, things, aromas, colors, sites, etc., do you think of at this time of November? Words are popping up in my mind as I ask you the question:

  • Pink Salad
  • Pink, Red, and Orange Sunrises
  • Thanksgiving
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Family
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Yams
  • Chill
  • Fireplace
  • Holiday

We lead such busy lives that we can easily forget to take a few moments of every day to notice our surroundings and to show gratefulness for the beauty and comfort around us. My mother-in-law referred to this as “saying my gratefuls.” She loved to sit outside in the cool quietness of the early morning to listen to birds, bask in the color and scent of flowers while drinking her coffee – and express to God her gratefulness for her children.

I listed each word above as soon as it appeared into my mind. They all connect to today’s events – like connecting the dots – of family, comfort, and holiday.  The events began to unfold early as I admired the vibrant colors of the sunrise; ate a fresh slice of moist pumpkin bread baked by a friend; spoke with  family members on the phone about an uncle who is not expected to live; picked up a pumpkin pie I had purchased; discussed yam and cornbread dressing recipes with an aunt; chatted with another uncle whose wife makes the best Pink Salad; and wished for a fire in the fireplace to give me warmth from a chilly evening.

At the end of this day I’m thinking on the beauty of the sunrise this morning, grateful that I have eyesight to enjoy the beauty. I took a couple of quick photos and hope you enjoy.


High Desert Sunrise


I’m linking to Pink Saturday.

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  1. November 19, 2011    

    This time of the year, my favorite dish always comes to mind. Fresh, homemade cranberry salad. I had a friend that made the best and shared it with me each Christmas. I lost h er a few years ago.

  2. Kim,USA's Gravatar Kim,USA
    November 19, 2011    

    It’s beautiful!

    Pretty In Pink

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