I’m linking up with friends for Share Four Something’s August 2023 over @ Jennifer’s place, Overflowing With Thankfulness; each month, we share something we Loved, Read, Learned, and Ate. 

Can you believe August is almost over? It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the Fourth of July. But before we know it, the leaves will be changing color and the air will be crisp with fall.

Some of us are sad to see summer go, but I’m actually looking forward to fall. There’s something about the change of seasons that always makes me feel refreshed and invigorated.

Of course, there are also some things I’ll miss about summer. But I know that fall will bring its own unique pleasures, like cozying up with a good book, hot coffee on a chilly frosty morning, drives to see the fall foliage changing of the leaves and landscape, and participating with my crafts at autumn festivals.

Loved

So my 52nd trip around the sun was on August 2nd. And I was surprised with not one but two birthday cakes.

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Little Girl is such a diva. She loves air conditioning & naps. Me too— I love naps.

Read

Barbara, blew me away when she shared this article, The Most Important Way to Change that just captivated me. You’ve got to check it out!

Learned

Hibernation is for winter, estivation is for summer. Both are states of dormancy that animals use to survive harsh weather conditions. Estivation is a similar state of dormancy that some animals enter during the summer to survive the hot, dry weather. Animals that estivate include snails, tortoises, salamanders, crocodiles, the Malagasy fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and East African hedgehogs.

And

So probably more than a year ago, I decided to stop coloring my hair. It was just a pain in my rear end. I decided to embrace my salt & pepper. I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I have a “skunk” strip— that I started to get when I was 16. I ALWAYS wear my “rats nest” natural kinky, coil curls up on top of my head. But I decided to let it down after my shower to show you guys, how my hair is all salt & pepper now.

I love the stories in the Bible about aging. It’s honored. And because of God, I’m now okay with aging, and want to honor it.

Ate

When my best friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday dinner. I said picnic food. So, her husband grilled hamburgers and hot dogs— with all the fixins’. Homemade boardwalk fries, watermelon and Cantalope. (Hover over photo’s)

As summer draws to an end, we’ve spent time with loved ones, enjoyed the outdoors, and made the most of the warm weather. Now, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming season.

Autumn is a time of change and transition. The leaves change color, the air becomes crisp, and the days get shorter. It’s a time to cozy up by the fire, bake pumpkin pies, and enjoy the cooler weather.

But it’s also a time to reflect on the past season and all the good times we’ve had. What are your favorite memories of summer? What are you looking forward to most about autumn?

Linking up this month with these AMAZING Blog Hop/Link-Up party hostesses

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21 Comments

  1. Happy, Happy Birthday Paula! What a fantastic month! And truly full of authenticity. I LOVE your “new” authentic hair! My daughter has had a gray strip in her hair ever since she was 4 years old! She is only 30, now but it’s still there! At 65, I really only have gray “highlights” which my hair stylist says is unusual and a rather fun way to go gray. I agree!
    All the food looks amazing too, what are birthday months for but enjoying all of life’s little pleasures?!

    1. Thanks bunches Donna. Natural gray highlights how cool.

  2. That’s pretty interesting about estivation – I’ve never heard of it before! Happy Birthday – and Congrats on embracing the silver hair! (I always call it silver rather than grey!) It looks great! I stopped coloring my hair a number of years ago and just owned the silver and I’ve honestly never received more compliments on my hair from people of all ages, and I love my silver “crown” as well. Hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks Kym, silver crown, I like that thought.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed your birthday – the cakes look great!

  4. It sure looks like you enjoyed a yummy birthday celebration! All the food looks delicious.

    1. I sure did Joanne. And it really was yummy.

  5. I love seeing your natural hair in the photo. Not dyed. Finally, someone who has the same hair as me in terms of texture. Exactly the same, except I’ve let mine grow long and have less gray. I want to become as gray in the future as you. I find it beautiful. Happy to have rediscovered your blog again.

    Aritha

    😍📸🌿👩‍🦳🎉👏🔗

    1. I’m happy you found my blog again too. Don’t forget to Link up monthly. Yes, my texture and fullness is the reason I keep it short and on top of my head. I did let it go long a few years ago but oh my it was so frustrating to take care of.

  6. HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!! The cakes look yummy! I might have one for my bday, just a slice as I don’t consume sugar any longer. Love the natural gray in your hair! I stopped coloring mine too. Every 6 weeks at the salon sitting for 3 hours to get colored (base, hi-lights, lo-lights) for many years just finaly got to be too much. I can’t sit that long with the arthritis and fibromyalgia.

    1. Thanks bunches for the Birthday wish Dee.

  7. Belated happy birthday! My birthday was in August, too. How fun to have two cakes and grilled hamburgers for a birthday dinner!

    Thanks for feaurtung my post. I’m so thnakful it was a blessing to you.

    I thought about dying my hair. It’s funny, I didn’t mind the grey as much as I did turning from blonde to a mousy drab nothing color. But I knew that strip of undyed roots between touch-ups would bug me to death, so I never did. I have kind of a mix of blonde-ish (when the sun hits it just right), mousy brown, grey, and white.

    I agree about seasons. There are good things about each one, but I find fall especially invigorating. I can’t wait for cool autumn breezes.

    That’s interesting about Estivation. I had never heard of it before. Heat tends to sap all my energy, so I can understand it!

  8. Happiest birthday wishes! Hooray for two cakes:) And you are looking just too cute with all those curls. Trying just now to decide if it is time to give up the hair coloring project!?! Haven’t decided but yours look nice!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. ❤️

  9. Happy Birthday, Paula! What a lovely month! Love your hair and beauty. The cake and the picnic food look delicious. Blessings, Deborah

    1. Thanks so much Debbie ❤️

  10. Happy belated birthday! Picnic food sounds lovely and the cakes look delicious! Sounds like a great month.

  11. August looks like it was a wonderful month for you, Paula! All the food and cakes look terrific. It’s wonderful to have friends to celebrate with. Happy Birthday!

    1. Thanks bunches Joanne ❤️

  12. We celebrated our youngest son’s BD recently, and he also asks for picnic food! It’s the best in august!

    Thank you for sharing this at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop 76! SSBH 77 is now open for entries!!

    Laurie

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