The day dawns with a chill in the air, but soon warms up when the sun is high in the sky.
The dew is drying on the grass and jackets are shed.
The Captain is tending to his dogs. This is a treat for him to do once a week, when he volunteers as a dog walker at Sammie's Friends, one of our local animal shelters.
Buddy and I go along. He loves to watch the dogs go by, although sometimes he's not too happy when he sees one with his Dad.
I love the peace and quiet of it. I catch up on my reading, sudoku, planning my posts and all with a beautiful view and a cup of coffee. Things that I can't always do at home.
The great delight, though, is seeing how happy these poor dogs are on their walks. They have been penned up in their kennels since 5:00 the night before and they are so excited to be able to stretch their legs and take care of business.
They are all so loving and it's sad to think why they are there and how long will they have to stay? This is a no kill shelter but, for some, who knows what the future holds.
It is a pretty route to travel to get to Sammie's Friends. It is a ways out of town, set among horse ranches, tall trees and breath taking views.
A horse ranch along the way.
A gaggle of wild geese, foraging through the field for their winter's fare.
This morning we were lucky to glimpse a small deer thinking he was safely hidden along the side of the road.
An old oak tree gracing a pasture.
Today was especially fine as the sun is so warming and the breeze is gentle...
...A day that only November can bring.
November is the month of thanks, giving and receiving, and we are so thankful for all the blessings that we have.
As I sit here, composing this, I can't help but think of all those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
There are the ones that have experienced inconveniences, or the loss of material things, and there are those who's lives are forever changed by the loss of loved ones and precious memories.
Each one, in their own way, are experiencing hardships and devastation, and my heart goes out to them all.
I would especially like to take this time to tell my fellow Scorpio, my dear, sweet friend, Barbara, Happy Birthday.
She and I share the same birth day, and I so wish that she could be celebrating under better circumstances.
I am so thankful, and lucky, for this moment in time, where I can see the beauty in my part of the world, and am forever grateful and hopeful that it will continue for all of the November mornings to come.
Thank you, Tim, Tami, and Jake for the beautiful birthday flowers. I share them with you, Barbara....Judy
I'm sharing this week with these lovely parties: