Friday, September 18, 2015

We Love Lucy

Another lovely late summer week for us.  We had lower than normal temperatures early in the week and had to turn on the heat.  Reluctantly, but when the house is 64 it's time.  This weekend we will no doubt change to air conditioner as we expect much warmer days.  Such is the month of September.  This is the last week of summer, with Autumn officially making an entrance on Wednesday.

Ellie, our other Golden loved to lie on the deck while I sat reading or watching the birds.  Lucy does not generally care much for it.  But on these cool days she soaks up the warmth from the deck and enjoys the sunshine.  She watches the birds coming and going from the feeders and the water.

Bird-watching Lucy
Every now and then her head raises up to sniff something in the air.

Political rhetoric fills the airwaves with appearances and debates and "news" reporters tell us more than we wanted to hear about the political campaign.  If you are a liberal Democrat and lover of sarcasm in little old ladies, I recommend you check out Margaret and Helen's blog (here).  But if you are a Republican, it's not going to be your cup of tea.  I'm sure there are such blogs equally appealing to Republicans but I haven't found them.

Tuesday at Sundown our Jewish friends begin the High Holy Day of Yom Kipppur (Day of Atonement).
It is fitting that our quote comes as an excerpt from the forgiveness prayer, Al Khet:  (This is one of simplest of its forms although the words may vary and the entire prayer is much longer.)
For the sin that we have committed under stress or through choice;
For the sin that we have committed in stubbornness or in error;
For the sin that we have committed in the evil meditations of the heart;
For the sin that we have committed by word of mouth;
For the sin that we have committed through abuse of power;
For the sin that we have committed by exploitation of neighbors;
For all these sins, O God of forgiveness, bear with us, pardon us, forgive us!

If you do not believe in any higher being, this prayer is still a meaningful one.  Repeat it beginning "I'm sorry."  Jew, Christian, Muslim or non-believer, we all commit these shortcomings and need to reflect upon them.

Pope Francis is coming to the United States at the end of next week.  Catholic or not, religious or not, one must be happy to see the eye-opening humanity, humility, and inclusiveness this Pope is showing.  So it is also fitting that we have a quote from him as well:
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression, or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities.

 Whatever you are doing, enjoy these last days of Summer.



From the Kitchen said...

I am trying not to tune in to these debates (debacles)! It is much too early. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tian!!


Barbara Rogers said...

Lovely prayer. Lucy is so's great to see how she's doing 52 times a year!

Lowcarb team member said...

September can often bring many variances in weather.
I think this weekend, in many parts of the UK, may be a good one. I hope so - there's nothing like a walk in the Autumn the colours can be stunning.

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

It's lovely to see Lucy on the deck getting her warmth in the late summer sun. Soon fall will really begin, the light will change, and those temps will drop and stay low. It's one of my favorite transitions. Fall is such a beautiful time. Love the quotes. Thank you, thank you.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

This is a crazy time of the year with temps -- A patient said the other day it was like "Mother Nature was going through menopause!" :-) Glad Lucy is enjoying her days!

Ms. A said...

I'm ready for Fall! I hope to be able to actually go outside occasionally and I know Lucy will love the cooler weather.

Arkansas Patti said...

Me too switching between heat and A/C. Interesting. Love Margaret and Helen. She vents my spleen for me.
Wonderful prayer.

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful prayer -- I would include all those sins of omission -- so easy to forget.

Pat said...

Politics ...yuck. Anyway we enjoy our dogs also. Wish the temps would stay in the 80's a little longer. BTW your header is awesome...don't see mountains here.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Running the heat and then the a/c?? Kinda crazy. Enjoy the rest of your summer looks as though Lucy is.
The politics are exhausting to me....I can hardly stand it all!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Bonnie - We had the last of the tian last night with pork chops. It was still just as good.

Vicki - I'm sure the entire Al Khet does include sins of omission. And I do believe we commit more of them than we would like to think.

Patsi - Thanks for dropping by. We do love our mountains and the header photograph was taken right here in our community.

The Bug said...

What a lovely prayer! Off to check out that blog :)