October Mornings & You


“Life is but a day:
A fragile dewdrop on its perilous way
From a trees summit”

~John Keats


This October morning I would love to know a little more about you. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Even something as simple as where you are reading this (city or country) or what you had for breakfast, I’d like to know.

It can be anything, a school crush or a grown up day dream, what you did yesterday, or one thing you wish you could do everyday. It can be as simple as describing your family life although family life is rarely simple or a dream you had last night and what you think it means.

It can be a favorite food or a song that means something to you. You can leave a few words or many…write your own post in the comment section if you wish or just say where you’re from and hello…you can say anything. You can rant and rave about something that matters to you or leave a quote or a practice that you like to use to bring you back from the edge when a rant is over.

I’m really hoping to find out more about the people who stop by GOTJ, but if you have a question for me, you can leave that here too.

I’ll go first today. Back in the 90s when I used to go on auditions that required me to have a song prepared, I used to always depend on a couple that my agent said I could pull off fairly well. When I sang for her the first time, she said that I had a “nice”  little voice which really meant, ” It’s the chorus for you girl !”

I think it’s kind of telling that my best song for an audition was Oscar Hammerstein’s, ” Getting to Know You. “

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy.
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say
Haven’t you noticed
Suddenly I’m bright and breezy
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I’m learning about you
Day by day

27 thoughts on “October Mornings & You

  1. Morning Elizabeth (just………………morning, that is!)

    The most important things in life
    are not things
    They are people

    That’s exactly what sprung to mind when I read your blog…….

    Loving it my friend ;~)

    Suzanne x

  2. Now that’s something I didn’t know, that you sang professionally! You are a multi-talented person! What area did you work in when you were in the Army? Did you serve overseas? Okinawa is where I met my daughter’s dad. He was in the Marines and I was in the Air Force. Beautiful pictures! It reminds me of a ball sliding up and down a stick, yet it’s a dewdrop! Beautiful!

  3. I’m in Charlotte, NC. It’s fall and beautiful this morning, leaves dropping in the wind. But it’s 68 degress at 8am. So temps will pick up probably to 80 today here in your south.

    For a year and a half, I moved to the country an hour north of here in the middle of nowhere. I lived in the farmhouse my great granddaddy built. My grandmother lives in a resthome a mile away from the house. I became her new project. “Turn on Oprey, she’s talking about women your age and still looking for a man”. I do readings of my stories about her and Harmony life around town and have a small following. Mostly the stories are funny, but also poignant. I’m working on what I hope will become a book about that time. Grandma is 98 and winding down. I’m driving up to see her today.

  4. I am sitting here in the couch, next to a sleeping cat, looking out on an NEast Texas fall morning, cooler than average this year. Yesterday was an reception for an art show in a gallery downtown – I had 3 paintings accepted for the show! Yayy! – and then shopping for stuff for crazy Halloween costumes, preparing for an all adult party in the middle of the woods next weekend (always fun), then a supper of bruschetta and salad and soup, more shopping. This morning my camera calls, and I will be off into different woods and flower patches. Sunday beckons! The leaves are calling me.


  5. I am sitting in the loft in Ellijay thinking “cool, my big sis will be home soon :)” I am hoping you will be able to come up here and see some leaves before they all vanish. We had Fall Festival at my school last night and I spent 3 hours painting kitty cats, ghosts, vines, turtles, bats, spiders, G’s, and the one I am actually good at…pumpkins on little faces!!! Fall Festival brings out the child in everyone and a good time was had by all I believe.

    I am now sipping hot chocolate, admiring the beauty of this gorgeous Fall day and getting a list together of all I need to do today. Red Ribbon Week starts Monday…easily my biggest week of the school year 🙂

    I love my job and think I work with some of the best kids around!!

    Looking forward to having you home for Thanksgiving Izbob 🙂

    Love, J

  6. First of all, this is a gorgeous take of droplets! I just wanted to nip over to your blog again to have another look at your photo and leave a comment I didn’t have time to leave earlier. Then I’ll get everything ready for tomorrow morning when I’ll be up at 5.45 to drive to various rivers to do some research and continue some work I’ve started today. All that work leaves almost no space for any more reflective thoughts…but I do hope the weather is such tomorrow morning that I can at least take some photos.

  7. Just got back home to Atlanta after 4 days in Las Vegas. Had a GREAT time. Saw “La Reve” (French for The Dream) at Steve Wynn’s “Wynn” hotel. Great show. Also saw Bette Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” at Caesar’s. Bette can still entertain the masses! It was a wonderful show.

    Hope you are well.


  8. Hello there,
    Just got off my 12 hour shift a little while ago working at the Sheriffs Office in a small town in central Texas. Today turned out to be one for drunk drivers so I am mentally exhausted but thought looking over some blogs like yours and Operation You I would unwind while drinking a warm cup of hot chocolate. It is cool her this evening but really nice.
    I am rather new to blogging but so far it has been a lovely journey and so uplifting especially after stressful days.
    If I could do what I want each day it would be to visit my children and grandchildren more in Austin and Dallas Texas. Start writing again maybe finish a book I started a few years ago. Volunteer more for Juvenile Diabetes,Breast Cancer and supporting our troops. Spend more time enjoying the country life that I now live and give thanks to God for everything he has given me in life.
    Thanks for having such a wonderful blog.

  9. Beautiful photos, Elizabeth! Sitting in a hotel room in San Francisco as I write this; met my husband here for a romantic weekend 🙂 The weather has been absolutely fabulous and we did lots of nice things around town and Napa Valley. Thanks for asking! Kxo

  10. Hi,

    I am reading this in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a first ring suburb of Minneapolis. I had apple doughnuts at an orchard this morning with my son and husband and a delicious latte. It was a hang out, clean and errand afternoon and evening.

    I love your photos, stories and blog. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Having cold coffee- no food yet- what i want for breakfast is fresh bread with nutella- what I will let myself have is another story…..
    the other day I saw a double rainbow – all the way – it was so beautiful it took my breath away!

  12. I love the photos – simply delightful!
    And I love that song – “Getting to Know You”. I learned it in first grade for a school program in a Rome GA elementary school way back in 1960. It is one of those things that will stay with me forever.
    I’m reading this in an Atlanta suburb during my free time between getting my son off to high school and getting my daughter up for homeschool.
    I love your blog – the photos and the words are beautiful and thought-provoking and meaningful.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting the other day!

  13. What a serendipitous find! I stumbled upon your beautiful blog as I checked the tag for ‘John Keats’. I’m writing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Thank you for creating such an inspiring blog… the photos are mesmerizing! Why John Keats? I just watched the movie Bright Star. I’ll definitely stop by and read all your previous posts! I’ve read a couple, and they resonate much: I love Eva Cassidy, and, Writing Down the Bones has been on my TBR list for years, but one which I should go look for in greater urgency now.

  14. Beautiful photos!

    I’m sitting here in Wiltshire, England having my green tea and getting ready to work on a blog post and then work on my school work. Have a wonderful day!

  15. I’m not sure how I found you, but knowing you’re in Cornwall brings back fun memories of a family trip there. We went by train from London to Foy. We stayed in a cozy inn on the water. It was magical to think Daphne DuMaurier had lived and written there. The kids squealed with terror/delight when the sea gulls swooped down and stole their pasties right out of there hands. We saw the Eden Project and it’s amazing landscapes.

    I’m sitting in my cozy den writing this from the heart of the U.S. Midwest — Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks for triggering the memories!

  16. What an all-rounder you are! An amazing woman indeed. Even in the blog world, we meet, we get to know each other, we become friends over time. Little by little and bit by bit…

  17. I’m writing from Turin, Italy where the sun is shining again and it’s too warm for October…the Alps are covered with snow from the past weeks’ rain…all I am missing are the bright autumn colours that I grew up with in Montreal, Canada.

  18. Autumn colors are lovely here on the prairie of central Illinois. The Maple tree in the yard has produced quite a job for raking them to the curb. We need some dry weather, having rain the past 5 days in a row.
    Farmers in the county are complaining about not being able to get into the fields for the corn and soybean harvest.

    Meanwhile, I’m indoors reading your blog and ignoring the dryer beeping, with my husband’s cotton shirts in it.

    This evening, I crochet a cotton bookmark to tuck into a sympathy card.
    A dear friend since we were children passed away over the weekend. Diabetes is such an awful disease.
    His brother from out-of-state is making arrangements for their mom to go to an Assisted Living facility so she won’t be alone in the big house.

  19. Hi Elizabeth!
    Thanks for stopping by and your kind words! I too see stories in old objects and phtographs and histories are invented in my mind if not known….I will check out your TMAST although I do not think I am talented enough to tell my stories through the written word….more of a visual person! I am so happy to meet you and to follow your delightful blog….
    Take care, Laura

  20. first of all that is an amazing dew drop photo and second i love so much that you did this post. i am learning a lot about people and meeting many new bloggers. These comments have a different casual conversational tone to them which i like.
    Right now i am at work, just had a slice of Thai Chicken pizza, my favorite, from California Pizza Kitchen. Once again the boss ordered us dinner because we will be here well past 9 pm.
    I just bought tickets this morning for Cavalia. They say it is “a must-see performance. It is like a dream that you never want to end.” The performance was created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soliel and involves 50 horses. I can not wait to surprise Taylor with these tickets. She was like so many young girls that grow up with a love for horses.
    Your quote from John Keats reminds me that just last weekend Taylor popped in by surprise for the weekend and we went to see “Bright Star”. A beautiful movie. Have you seen it?

  21. Gorgeous photos! I’m sitting here catching up on your blog with my little iPod Touch while I nurse my baby. It’s 9:45pm and I’m hoping he’ll go to sleep early (not at 11) so that I can write my newspaper column which is due Friday. I haven’t written anything yet because my mother was in town this week. She left this morning, and I’m exhausted even though my baby sleeps 9 hours at night. I’m tired from the 3yo’s energy baby my mom’s visit. And I can’t think of anything else – past or present – to tell you. I suppose the good thing about exhaustion is that it makes you live in the moment…as well as count the minutes until you can hit the pillow.

  22. Hi Elizabeth, I’m writing from Bellevue, WA, a suburb of Seattle, far enough out of the city to be in under the trees. My home-office looks out over the ravine in front: with our recent rains, the stream is running again and yellow maple leaves flash as they float to the water.

    This week I learned that I need glasses – this is a good thing, as it may mean the end of the headaches I’ve been getting – and I had great fun picking out frames with my daughter and her boyfriend. The glasses should also help me focus on all the writing I want to do in the next couple of months on my YA book. Fingers crossed. Cheers!

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