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On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall…

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“A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.” Thomas Jefferson

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Whites by LaWendula, Ignore the no white rule... live!

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... capture the colors of falling foliage

Labor Day Weekend  is a time to shift gears from the summer of surf and sand fun to a return to work and the impending fall season. It sets the tone serving us notice that summer has ended and new rules will soon apply. Labor Day marks the end of wearing white in some circles; the start of football season; the time to pack away summer things and do fall dusting and unpacking; watch the changing colors of falling foliage; a time to plan for Thanksgivings dinners, Christmas holiday shopping and other things that will soon take up our time… It is also a time for reflection on what summer meant and what we might have missed.

“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” Bertrand Russell

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Football season comes and goes...

This was a busy but relatively easy summer for me… I got out a bit more though never quite made it to any of the wonderful beaches dotting the NY landscape. I took lots of photos of flowers and nature landscapes and rediscovered the beauty of my neighborhood…  My twins graduated high school and took off to college leaving us as empty nesters. It was a great period of growth for all of us and we have been the richer for it.  Labor has been a constant on my mind; in all its forms and  we could all use more of it…

“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.”  Jim Rohn

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... It's about all Labors of Love and family

As the fall approaches, I have a few fires to stoke and projects to complete. I will continue with all the writing projects in front of me, empty out closets of old clothes and unused things that no longer serve my lifestyle, and do some fall planting of new seeds; figuratively and otherwise… I will continue to wear white as it pleases me and eat ice cream if I choose. I will watch the leaves fall and capture the changing foliage which can be very pretty in these parts. Football season will come and go, and soon, a blanket of snow will replace the warmth; leaving everything stark in its wake…  More below. 😉

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson

On Labor Day: Shifting Gears From Summer To Fall... Relax with the beauty of fall... hibernate.

I have no summer regrets actually but I do know that I would like to have a few more gatherings of friends next summer… Maybe meet some of my blog buddies who might be local. That would be fun… I’d like to learn a new skill and that is part of my fall plan; get fit for fall is on my agenda too. I love fall clothing;  all the heavy knits, earth tones, boots and coats suit me. So, I look forward to the change.  HAPPY LABOR DAY   What about you? What are your thoughts? Any regrets or things you missed this summer? How did you spend your Labor Day? What final things do you want to enjoy during the remaining summer weather? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Today is Labor day in the United States, a national holiday for workers. It marks the end of summer, so for many it’s a last holiday out in the sun.

Positive Motivation Tip: As you wrap up the summer give thanks for the upcoming fall…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Football Season, Fall leaves & St BernardGrant Park, via Wikipedia. Whites by LaWendulaLabor Day Stamp by Karen Horton, via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 06/09/2011 12:43 am

    I love the fall season. Here in California, it is not as dramatic as on the east coast, but the days are shorter, our time sitting out on the patio is shorter, and the evening breeze blows a little cooler. We had a busy summer and have a move in a few weeks. I look forward to settleing in to the new house in time for the winter days and nights.

    • 06/09/2011 1:07 am

      That is so sweet… I love fall too and, like you, I have packing/moving to do in the coming months so transition will be the name of the game for me too… in between, I will enjoy the season. Best wishes on your move into a new home. 🙂

  2. 06/09/2011 12:53 am

    i LOVE FALL! Football season is finally here. Your photo’s are so warming and welcoming the fall.

    • 06/09/2011 1:09 am

      TY Jackie! Football season always meant 2 for 1 at the Haagen Dazs ice cream shop! … 😆
      It’s all good. TY! 🙂

  3. 06/09/2011 1:19 am

    I love fall too!!! And soon Hockey season starts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 06/09/2011 2:23 am

      I love fall too and I’m glad your hockey season starts soon. 🙂

  4. 06/09/2011 2:17 am

    Congrats on the twins heading to college! ( my day to day involves inspiring youth to reach for higher education options) I am sure the fall will bring you many wonderful treasures!

    • 06/09/2011 2:26 am

      Thank for your blessings and I extend same to you… Yes, amen to their success! I do look forward to the coming of wondrous treasures. 🙂

  5. 06/09/2011 3:11 am

    Lovely post Elizabeth – great photos as always!
    Being “down under ” we are just emerging into spring and I am enjoying the blossums in the trees and more warmth in the sun. It makes me want to get outside and do more things.

    • 06/09/2011 9:05 am

      Cheers Lorraine and enjoy your spring. That’s what I love about our blog friends; we are in different parts of the world with varying weather conditions and patterns… It has rained all day here and the weather will slowly start to shift. 🙂

  6. 06/09/2011 4:55 am

    I miss the time when I was in Australia, and have the fall season there, the weather is just right and very nice. See all your pictures make me want to go there again on the fall season.
    Nice post and nice pictures, Eliz 🙂


    • 07/09/2011 12:57 am

      TY for your feedback Yulia! I love the changing seasons too and that is what makes or world so beautiful… One day, I’d love to see fall in Australia. 🙂

  7. 06/09/2011 5:30 am

    “Thanks to the greenhouse effect Labor Day no longer signifies the end of summer.” (by someecards)

    • 06/09/2011 9:06 am

      Yes, those funny ecards on HolyKaw made me laugh out loud too. 🙂

  8. 06/09/2011 6:34 am

    I always love Autumn as we call it in the Uk. A sesne of nature going to sleep. I also agree that 90% of success come fro effort rather than talent. Believing in yourself and doing the work opens many doors

    • 06/09/2011 9:08 am

      I love Autumn/Fall too as the changes gives me more to see and contemplate… Yes, doing the work is very important for sure… TY! 🙂

  9. 06/09/2011 7:33 am

    This summer was full for us. We’ve just moved into our new apartment (one week ago today) so the fall will be a time of settling in and getting our bearings. The summer went to fast for me, and so many things that I had hoped to do were pushed aside for another day as events unfolded, triggered by a new job in a new location. But all is good. Transitions can be messy but we are in a good place and it will be fun exploring our new surroundings. Enjoyable post!

    • 06/09/2011 9:11 am

      TY Cecelia, I thought about you and several other buddies who are in transition and moving to new homes… It is an important time for us as we all plan to settle in elsewhere and move forward with new, modified lives… Sending hugs and light to all. I am just beginning the process but it is a time of grace and excitement… TY! 🙂

  10. 06/09/2011 8:08 am

    Fall is always a lovely time, especially where you can see the changing leaves. Things slow down in preparation for the chill of winter. Like you, I love fall clothes – the colors, mostly – adding and mixing textures, and layers (like the animals whose coats become thicker).
    I also love September because I begin to look forward to my birthday and my new year. September is when I reflect on the year that’s passed and make plans for the new one.

    Isn’t great not to have regrets? They sure keep us looking back. I look forward to reading about the new person you’ll become now that you’re empty nesters. It’s a new feeling, isn’t it?

    • 06/09/2011 9:14 am

      Yes, the empty nester person is a new one for me and a time of change and growth…. no regrets. Yep! 😉
      I love fall colors and textures and the bulk… It’s just a tad more exciting that the lightweight colors and fabrics of spring/summer…
      Happy Birthday in advance… what a thrill for you! 8)

  11. 06/09/2011 8:56 am

    What a beautiful post, Elizabeth. Such a lovely transition piece. It has this very peaceful tone to it that I find soothing.

    Congrats to the twins!! It must be A strange combination of excitement and quiet for you. Much love to you. You have been my rock in my absence. Today is closing! That is how I spent my summer! I’m back tomorrow!

    • 06/09/2011 9:16 am

      WooHoo for you Karen! 8) I’m glad to read that the closing is at hand… My prayers have been with your team and I trust the grace will follow. Kudos and take five before jumping back in the fray. I look forward to reading your blog posts again. TY! 🙂

  12. 06/09/2011 11:18 am

    I missed one thing this summer, sun! The weather hasn’t really been any good in the Netherlands unfurtunately. Luckily for me I started a job and barely had any holidays anyway!

    • 06/09/2011 1:29 pm

      Congrats on your new job and catch some sun before it disappears entirely… Any chance the sun will come before fall sets in your area? 🙂

  13. 06/09/2011 1:39 pm

    Fall is my favorite season. I would prefer it last a bit longer but I savor all o f it.

    If you would like to get together with other bloggers in your area perhaps you’d like to begin a new chapter of The Blogstress Network?? Love to chat about it.

    • 06/09/2011 1:44 pm

      I love the fall too and with the rains, it might be on us sooner… Great idea about the Blogstress Network in my area. Let’s chat about it and see what is involved… Will send you a quick email and we can chat. TY! 🙂 E

  14. 06/09/2011 4:30 pm

    We moved to FL so we could enjoy the fun of summer pursuits until Thanksgiving or so. 😉

    I never enjoyed packing away shorts and t-shirts or dressing in sweaters and jackets.

    • 07/09/2011 1:59 am

      Good for you to have year round sun and surf… We get to change our wardrobe which suits me fine… Still loving it! 😆

  15. 06/09/2011 6:13 pm

    Love your post! It’s so beautiful how you gracefully usher Summer to Fall. I didn’t realize Labor day is the start of fall. I did notice how cool it was in the morning. I can feel Fall’s refreshing weather. I think I’m ready for it. I had a great Summer with my family. Time to chill and just watch the magical change of the Autumn leaves. Stay blessed.

    • 07/09/2011 2:01 am

      I agree with you on that one… I’m ready for fall as my summer was great too and it’s okay to move on… TY for liking my post… I appreciate your support and your blog too.! 🙂

  16. 06/09/2011 8:02 pm

    I am looking forward to this fall season. We have planted a fall garden, our first. I hope to organize a gathering of friends under the oaks this fall and visit the beach in the off season. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • 07/09/2011 2:04 am

      Thank you Jeane! Sounds like you will be having a blast all fall.. Go for it and enjoy the seasonal change… I do love fall. 🙂

  17. 06/09/2011 11:28 pm

    Hi, I really appreciate, that you like my mosaic, but it would be nice, if you will mention my name too. Thanks. LaWendula

    • 07/09/2011 12:52 am

      Gladly… I already added you to my attribution/photo credits at button of page and will add your name to the picture. No problem and thank you! 🙂

  18. 07/09/2011 10:11 pm

    I’m sad to see the days getting shorter and a little chillier, but I’m excited to see what autumn has in store! I too love fall clothes and am excited for stylish boots, jeans, and comfy sweaters

    • 08/09/2011 8:16 pm

      I love winter wear and all those sweaters too… I’m looking forward to wearing boots again and chilling to the cooling weather… It’s all good. 🙂

  19. 08/09/2011 5:41 am

    Love that puppy! Stunning, stunning photo!

    • 08/09/2011 8:17 pm

      TY Robyn! I love digging up these gorgeous photos on Wikipedia and Flickr and sharing them with everyone… That one with the doggie is the cutest. Glad you like it too. 🙂


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