My son and d-i-l sent me two journals from Papyrus for Mother's Day. I love them! They are "deconstructed." Not sure what all that entails, but they lay open flat and are 6.5 by 8.5 which is a nice size for writing or art journaling.
As I told my son, I would keep them in my "journal drawer," and one day, probably before too long, they will beckon to me and I will know just what I want to use them for. Could be as a commonplace journal or an art journal or a scrapbook or a Bible scripture journal or ... (If you are interested, you can check my sidebar for a couple posts on my journaling.)
You might notice the dying maple leaves on the ground, a gift from our recent hailstorm. We have a man who takes care of our yard because neither my brother (obviously!) nor I are in good enough physical condition to mow and rake. Although I did do it for years. It's just too risky now however. Our yard man is kind enough to come only every other week since our budget is limited. He is a huge help to us. But as it's his week off, the leaves will be with us awhile longer.
My yard has dandelions and other weeds, and I am so thankful it does (this is more so in my backyard, than the front). I think of it as a little nature preserve and am constantly blessed by visits from rabbits, large and small; squirrels; local birds; and birds just passing through. My desk faces out from my bedroom to the backyard, and I love watching all my critters. Most of the neighbors have more pristine yards than mine, but that's OK. I'm glad my yard isn't full of fertilizers and herbicides. In fact, I hope to, someday, make it a Certified Wildlife Habitat, per Brenda's post from Cozy Little House, here. I must wait until I can earmark the funds for the few things I'd need to complete the requirements, but I've got a good start!
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath
but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:9