FUN scary night…

I don’t share many “people” images, but thought those not in Chicago might enjoy seeing how one section of Chicago celebrated Halloween last night. Halsted Street’s 22nd Annual Halloween Parade begins with a flash mob doing Thriller. It was a celebratory, unusual warm 50’s, so prime party weather which brought out MANY participants and viewers. This parade is adult oriented; multiple events for children happened over the past weekend. Because sometimes adult need to play!! ALL images copyright 2018 Pamela Beitberg

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Embrace each moment, each person….

The world is rich with diversity in nature and it’s people. That’s what makes it so wondrous. Today the brilliance and awesomeness of each of us feels dimmed because of multiple, hatred attacks to too many. May we grieve and know that it is OUR love and faith that will make each day most special; each moment a miracle unto itself. May we be strengthened by each sweet moment today. May we embrace each other and radiate the love that makes life wonderful. ………….Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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It’s beginning to happen…

The leaves don’t lie, Autumn is arriving and the next stage of life for our plants and many animals is underway. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

In less than a day this tree went from one yellow leaf to clusters of yellow I’m hoping that our soaking rains will insure a colorful fall. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Sometimes it’s best to go with the wind…

I remind myself

Many times a day, a week,

To accept what I can’t control.

To accept what I can’t change.

I remind myself to let life flow

To take advantage of winds of change

And use change to move forward.

I remind myself life is richer

When I embrace the flows of my life.

Sturdy enough to handle the winds of incoming weather changes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Skilled at using the winds to move to and from as a community. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Time’s a changing…

Fall mums in mass across from Lincoln Park, in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

While most perennials are going to seed a few new blooms brighten the landscape. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breirberg

Autumn brings a physical change in the weather and Midwest landscape. This week a nearby condominium replaced summer flowers with these hardy Mums. They are hardy officially but still considered as annuals in the Chicago area; they aren’t “hardy” enough for Lake Michigan’s winter temps. Other flowers are in their final bloom cycle as blossoms fade in color and turn to textured seed heads bringing a new element of design and pattern to the garden. During this time of change, pods begin bursting so that puffs of feathery seeds are dispersed in hopes of ensuring future generations. Among the fading petals and growing seeds there are some late bloomers adding perennial colors to the scene.

Embrace the changes in the season. Embrace changes that are natural. At this time of year, it’s easy for me to be reflective and to realize changes in my life and myself during the past year. Somehow this “end” of season time of year brings renewed energy and purpose to me. May you marvel and feel empowered from your own changes this past year. May you find energy and passion to be able to embrace changes in your life. May change be positive and meaningful for each of us.

I write all this realizing it’s a challenging time as we strive to come to terms with other’s choices and decisions. Other’s choices can make us feel dis empowered and hopeless. We always have a choice in how we react to others and their actions. The fact that we have our own power and choice is what keeps me optimistic.

 

Milkweed seed has been temporarily caught by a spiny seed-head. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Fading Hydrangea bloom; many collect dried flowers for their continued beauty. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

 

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When fiend becomes friend…

Maple tree roots in lawn copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Maple tree roots in lawn copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Acceptance of things we cannot control leads to flexibility within our best-laid plans. Gardeners that enjoy their labors learn early in their endeavors to embrace the challenges that nature places before them. Persistent weeds (any plant you choose not to want in a given space) are the known garden villain. Above ground tree roots are a slow invader that effectively claims proprietorship of space.

My maple tree’s roots engaged me in realigning the garden bed to lawn space in my yard a few years ago. My work is not done however, as its roots have invaded more lawn area. My creative juices have begun flowing as I plan further redesigning of this loved space. Ah, this gardener’s work is never done as I choose to embrace this fiend as friend. I rise to the challenge as do these roots.

Above ground roots, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Above ground roots, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

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