Muted Magic


Autumn is oft noted for its splendor, breathtaking colors, and audacity (taunting the bleak black & white Season to follow), but it literally snuck up on me this year. Even though I had a brief encounter with Minnesota’s red, gold, and blaze orange glory earlier, I was relieved that Autumn arrived here subtly.


(And a tad soggy.)


While I was away, The Man Of Few Words (TMOFW) constructed a deck overlooking our backyard jungle. A new playground! (Or at least another place to think and write without being baked to a crisp; it’s still in the 90’s yet.) Shade is a blessing.

I’ve had very little control over my creative surroundings for much of this year and I’ve been longing for some Seasonal inspiration — without screaming for my attention. In my opinion, one of the greatest downfalls in this age of “immediacy” is the lack of mental space. Take time to ponder the Muted Magic surrounding you (whatever the Season).

All that’s required is noticing. Ahhhh…

Enjoying a lil’ breather,

~ Kim

14 thoughts on “Muted Magic

  1. Love the deck! Leaves are starting to change here in Norman and I hope to enjoy some yellow ginkgo soon. I hear ya on the cooking therapy. I love coming home from a trip to my own kitchen and creating. Praying for you!

    • Ally, don’t you know it?! I have a feeling your gentle Ben does the same for you. Every day is a new discovery and adventure with our thoughtful hubby’s looking out for our every need before we even know we need ’em! There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t sat out there (morning, noon, or night) amazed at his handiwork. (“HIS” handiwork, too — that’s where it springs forth from!) Hopin’ you’re high and dry at this juncture and sending post-Matthew HUGS your way! xoxo

  2. Kimby, you guys are so lucky to be able to experience four seasons while we can only do that when we travel. I love autumn where colours are so beautiful, dear! Kudos to your hubby for doing such a great job! xoxo

    • Shirley, I’ll be sure to relay your admiration about the backyard deck to TMOFW. Thank you! He’s about to embark on constructing the one out front — we’ve been sketching, planning, and trading “ideas” for almost two years! (Didn’t want to commence until we were “sure.”) Your encouragement will be a catalyst to greater lake enjoyment all year round, xo.

    • Thanks, Lori! I’ve only recently begun reading again and had forgotten how enjoyable it is. (Mostly cuz I was still putting books AWAY!) You’re right — it’s a peaceful place.

  3. Hi Kim,so true every feeling is immediately shared and no time to ponder…
    so wonderful though that you have time to share your beautiful thoughts!

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