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Live from the back porch

Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at 11:41 PM

I really haven't done any stream-of-consciousness writing for too long a period of time.

Got to thinking about that tonight while just lounging on the back porch in the dark.

Some folks dislike the dark of night. I sometimes find it relaxing.

Moon's shining through broken clouds. Quite a pretty sky tonight, and it looked even better when the clouds resembled a bright, blueish-white blanket while ago.

Quiet, too. Just the crickets, lots of 'em, (makes me think of being beside a country stream) and the occasional roar of a neighbor's central air unit. It was off earlier, and things were even quieter.

Relaxing's just what I needed tonight.

Occasionally I tend to shoot off my mouth when I should take a more positive and proactive approach to things bothering me, and I really hope I haven't left anyone mad at me lately. I can get frustrated easily at times, I'm sometimes not reflective enough about things, plus I have sort of a competitive nature. In other words, I'm human.

Then come nights like tonight. Just slow down and think.

Memories of the past, worries and restful thoughts (what a contrast…) about the present, and wonders about the future; lots of things just bouncing around in my head.

Distraction: Bird's singing way off in the distance. Wonder what's going on there.

Dog's barking. And another one. Can't help but wonder what dogs' messages are when they bark.

Something's rustling around in the bushes nearby. Can't see what it is, probably just the gray cat that wanders the neighborhood alone each night. Sometimes, unfortunately, I can relate to that cat.

Yawn!!! Guess I need to go to bed. Alarm clock'll be going off at 5:15 and I probably should be going to sleep earlier than shortly before midnight.

Wish I could just stay out here tonight, 'cause it'll be too cold before long. Noticed the leaves turning? It's always sort of a downer for me to see summer end.

Good night, y'all. Have pleasant dreams and wake up refreshed.

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My favorite time is right before sun up , about now actually.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 4:22 AM

My favorite time is right before a storm when there is a cool breeze and everything seems still and calm right before the lightening and thunder take over.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 8:46 AM

This time of year is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect and the colors are beautiful. I love to go driving in the country in the afternoons and just feel the breeze and see the colors. I love sitting on a porch swing. This time of year is perfect for camping. I love going camping. I'm hoping to go before it gets too cold. I really like this blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You paint a wonderful mental image of the perfect evening in the fall.

-- Posted by candasons07 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 8:47 AM

I love the hot humid days of summer..it really does not get to hot for me.

Fall is kinda depressing to me with everything dying and knowing that winter is just around the corner. ;>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 9:32 AM

Fall and Winter.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 9:50 AM

Fall is a GREAT time of year but I too do not look forward to winter and short daylight.

However, I also have fond memories of winter nights with heavy snowfall and QUIET peacefulness. My parents got upset when they would find out,(because of the heat bill) but I used to like to open my window on a cold night and feel the cold air across my face as I fell asleep under nice warm covers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:09 AM

I love Fall and Winter. I love the wee hours of the mornings, it is peaceful and quiet. I call it my "Me Time".

-- Posted by wonderer on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 1:06 PM


What a refreshing blog and just what is needed in the world we live in today. I miss Tennessee and the beautiful leaves that are changing right about now. In Plano, Tx., we don't see the fall colors that you have and I get a little homesick about this time of year.

We all just need to take time out from our busy lives and reflect on the beauty of this world and thank God for what has been given us.

-- Posted by cookie on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 1:26 PM

I love spring and fall when I can get out and work in the yard.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Oct 15, 2008, at 10:51 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.