A Bit of Light

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While November, has a fair share of “silver days”, there are golden ones too.  Yesterday,as I was driving to work, the sun came up and turned the territory to gold.  Barren fields were the color of honey, in the first hours  and the woodlands, gilded in gold, were nothing short of spectacular.  Now today, I see the rabbit patch, through the window by the “morning table”, lit up with light the color of marigolds, and I declare it a picture-and name it “Morning Glory”.  

The sycamore and oak leaves have carpeted the yard , without mercy.  I must tend to this today.  Thankfully, I can mulch the leaves with the mower, but it is slow tedious work.  Kyle started yesterday, but he can not bear riding along in the low gear, the task requires.  

I am especially looking forward to another task today.  Tonight, Will, Jenny and Lyla are going to have supper with us, at my parents house.  Mama is cooking string beans  and we will fry chicken.  There is also turnips and potatoes to be creamed and macaroni & cheese to be made.  At some point Mama and I have to make the decision about whether to have biscuits or cornbread.  Mama can bake cornbread, crispy and thin.  I must learn how to perform the same miracle with the simple cornmeal.

Circumstances have prevented me from seeing Lyla, for several weeks.  I have missed her “like rain”.  So much happens in a matter of weeks, when children are so young.  Just this week, she used the word “impossible”.  Jenny had walked in the nursery and found it littered with blocks and books.  She told Lyla, that it had to be cleaned.  Lyla surveyed the chaos, and said “it was impossible” !  Mind you Lyla is  just two .  She ordered “broccoli please” at a restaurant, this week-and Lyla does not like broccoli, but apparently was not going to pass up a moment to use her new skill.  Jenny said when they left, Lyla said “bye people!”   oh, what will she tell me tonight!

I decided to make a dish with grapes as I had so many-and Lyla loves them.  Some people call it “grape salad”, but that sounds awful to me.   It really is just a concoction of grapes in a light, creamy sauce made with cream, brown sugar and cream cheese and it  is just sweet enough  to be  considered a light dessert.  I looked out the kitchen window, as I cut the grapes.  I felt so content to be in the kitchen preparing food for a family gathering .  I watched leaves fly by the window in the steady breeze, like autumn confetti.

I dreaded the mowing and put it off until I couldn’t, in good conscience, find another excuse.  It was quite mild outside after all.  I began mulching the leaves and as I did,  I saw tender, green grass  beneath the leaves, that reminded me of April.  Later on, I came across some wild hyacinths, with maple leaves scattered around them.

I mowed a good while, but didn’t finish.  I came in as there was a lot of chicken to fry.  I got to Mama and Daddys’ right on time.  Mama had her string beans cooking and was making the cornbread.  I paid special attention to that.  I was almost finished frying the chicken, when Will, Jenny and Lyla, drove up.  Lyla and I hugged for a long while.  

Mama gave Lyla a fancy little lantern, and since it was so warm out, Lyla and I took a walk around the yard.  We both enjoyed that.  In the absence of stars and moon, the countryside was dark and quiet. . .but Lyla “let her little light shine”.  What a difference just that bit of light  made.   I thought to teach her the song, over the holidays.

When we came in, Will and Daddy were in the den , watching the “news”  and Mama and Jenny were in the living room, talking about Christmas.  I couldn’t think of a single thing I wanted, (other than a small cottage )  for it seems I am totally satisfied with things like, cooking for family gatherings, taking evening walks and watching Mama make cornbread.

Dear Diary,  I am glad for the glory of bright mornings and the darkness of autumn evenings.  I am glad for having a loving family to gather round a table.  I am glad for Lyla. . .  my own child’s daughter, that reminded me how beautiful it is to “shine your light”.


25 thoughts on “A Bit of Light

  1. am always so glad to read your words.
    Today is actually cold here in Arizona.
    good to know you have gotten the leaves started!
    I gave a friend visiting from Oregon.we have been friends for over 40 years.
    so this is fun for a few days..
    Best wishes
    Desert Granny Lois Joy

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    1. Dear Lois-so good to hear from you-oh I am thrilled you are visiting with a friend-40 years is an amazing feat, and so beautiful. I visited your blog recently and re read your lovely posts-Happy Thanksgiving! and I so glad you came to the rabbit patch, love Michele


  2. My grands would have a new friend in Lyla. She is just too cute and you are right,we never know what they will come up with next.
    The grape “salad” was one of my MnL’s favorite dishes to take to church supper or any where a meal was being served. She went to every church and organizatin in town that was serving a meal so she didn’t have to cook or eat alone.
    The weather has been glorious this last week and we did get a little rain late last evening which we really needed. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Thanksgiving. I may get to bumfuzzeled later to say that. LOL. company coming and turkey dinner here. Oh my!

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    1. Lyla is a light for sure, Oh Peggy, I sure hope your Thanksgiving is good-I know there will be a bit od hurt for the loss of your sister in law-I do hope you all have abundant grace and comfort one another. thank you, love Michele


  3. Once again, Lyla is stealing our hearts – she’s too precious for words! (Although at 2 yrs old seemingly unstoppable with words like broccoli & impossibilities!) ✨🤗🌟😃🌟🤗✨

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    1. awwh-Lyla is good at stealing hearts! thank you for agreeing. She has an impressive vocabulary though her parents think I am exaggerating! She truly is bright and too cute! I have fallen inlove AGAIN! haha! thank you Virginia and Happy Thanksgiving! love Michele

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  4. Lyla talked to Carolyn when they were both here Friday. She told the Occupational therapist good by and gave her a kiss and hug..she had never seen the nurse before as this was an evaluation visit. She has now pressed the button on my Lifeline 2x!! The nurse that resets just laughs and makes sure I’m ok. After the first time, I try to remember to hide the button but I forgot Friday! We went to Recycle Reader on Wed which is the store the director of preschool and hubs own. Lyla found a Mr./ Miss Potato head to play with, instead of a book. She , “Oh,no”d several times as the yellow long hair would not stay on very long…but she put face parts where they belonged and stuck the hair back on!!

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    1. What a cute story! The Recycle Reader sounds like my kind of store. The Mr Potato Head is really a good toy for her-and isn;t she so smart? You are making good memories! Now the Lifeline button-wow! You and the operator may become friends! haha!


  5. The Pine needles in my back garden are the things which niggle both Mr.Cobs and I. They just refuse to rot down so can’t be left, and they stick to EVERYTHING! Me, the cats fur, and spider webs on the fences or bushes (making everything look so untidy). The garden vacuum has to come into action for those little blighters. But no sooner are they all vacuumed up than they’re all there again when the wind blows.

    I remember when we first moved here. The property had been empty for about 4 months and when we stepped out into the garden, nature had carpeted it with with a 2/3inch thick carpet of Pine needles. Poor Cobs Snr. had to shovel them up to get all of them cleared. Wheelbarrow loads of them. (he wasn’t terribly impressed. lol)

    Lyla … She’s so lovely, Rabbit. She has a smile that tells you she might be a little imp sometimes, but you have to love her anyway. lol. Bless her sweet heart.

    Another beautiful post, written from the heart and carries me and my heart into your world.
    Thank you my fabulous friend, for letting us share your world.
    Have blessed day. ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Lyla has bit of a woodland fairy heart-so yes she can be a firecracker! Oh you would love her! Painting is one of her favorite things! I know that pine straw was a chore. Well my friend, my dear Cobbs-thank you and know you are so loved-Michele

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