Letting Nature Lead the Sleigh

Dear Reader:

Remember as I was leaving for the mountains a week ago… I, incorrectly, predicted my beautiful pear tree would be devoid of leaves and color except for the mountain of leaves on the ground by the time I returned? Wrong!

There still were plenty of leaves on the ground but now the continuum abundance of leaves on the tree were a brilliant fiery red!

So instead of fretting about starting work on decorating for Christmas-the most beautiful decoration of all was taking Christmas red center stage-nothing manmade on the porch would come equal to it!

It got me thinking as I walked around my gardens and saw other natural Christmas decorations-especially if you just add a sprig of holly or berries or pine cones.

We mortals make life a lot harder than it need be-rushing out to spend money on new decorations when nature has already provided all the beauty we need.

I checked the buds on Big Red and counted 10 more beginner buds-timing is everything but with a warm front coming in this week the buds should take off-I put a wall decoration behind Big Red to pick up the brick wall but Big Red will always be the star!

Then I found two look alike wreaths-Bingo-entrance doors done!

Now I want a cypress garland for my mantle but both Lowe’s and Home Depot said some might or might not come in-both were pretty vague. Anyone found any around here?

So until tomorrow… timing in life plays a major role throughout our lives-we just need to remember to let God guide our sleigh!

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Walsh showed me their tree-he said the kids ” decorated ” it bunching everything in one spot on the front-so after everyone went to bed Walsh and Mollie spread out the decorations around the tree.

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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