I tried to resist. Honest, I did. But the next thing I knew I had dragged boxes, bags, and tangles of vines and dried fruit into my living room.  It was Fall in my mind, which meant pumpkins, sunflowers, & bittersweet for starters. 

Someone should have alerted the weather station as to my intentions. They seemed to think it was still summer and predicted high temperatures in the 90’s. I thought that rude. Not to mention stressful for my porch decor. Have you ever seen a scarecrow sweat? Sad. It wilts his straw.  How about a pumpkin blister up in sun spots? Scary. Or have you smelled fried sunflowers? Don’t. Nasty.

I Don’t Like to Wait

I’m not a good “wait” girl. Never have been. I’m in a hurry to dig out sweaters, flannel shirts, and cocoa. It just seems right once I see a single leaf turn colors to announce autumn to the neighborhood. It is the most abbreviated season, don’t you think? We need to extend it. Besides I’m almost certain I saw a fly-by crow in a hoodie.

Impatience adds to our stress. And I’m pretty sure with the way things have been going none of us need that. So if I could suggest a September tip it would be—Breathe. Breathing, deep breathing,  improves mental acuity, and it can help lower not only our blood pressure but the tension in our shoulders and the rubber bands in our jaw. And breathing exercises help us wait.

What Scripture Says

The Scripture uses the word “wait” repeatedly. Why do you think that is? Yep, because we forget. Waiting can be sacred work, for on the other side of wait, we find patience, hope, and most important God’s palpable presence.

“Wait I say on the Lord.”

Psalms 27:14a.

Blessing, Patsy

P.S. There’s a reason pumpkins don’t grow on trees. Imagine one of those falling on your head, you’d be seeing candy corn till Spring. But listen, when the leaves turn the color of pumpkins, reach for the rafters, pull down your orange sweatshirt, and skip on over to the mill for cider and doughnuts!


  1. Ana Retter on September 14, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Patsy,

    I listened to your story on moody radio today. I had a great time listening to your humor and the way you tell stories. I’m 30 years old and related to a lot of the stuff you talked about. I too experienced panic attacks at one point. Thank you for telling your story. God bless!

  2. Angela Pope on September 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    It’s BEAUTIFUL 😍

  3. Patsy Parkey on September 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    It all looks so very cute, too hot here in my part of Texas to even think about such things, I’m waiting for cooler weather

  4. Kim on September 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    I love your writing. I read it in your voice and it makes me smile. Happy Fall to you, Patsy from Georgetown, Texas! (Where Fall doesn’t get the memo until about November no matter what they are selling in the stores!)

    • Kimberly Balles on September 16, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      My sister lives in Georgetown, TX. What a small world. Yes, it is hot there. She says it’s sunny there too. We in IL are having nice beautiful warm weather, but not hot.

  5. Chris D on September 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I have a friend that I am softly witnessing to who is going through cancer (round 2) and now stem cell recovery. Things have stalled out and I just texted with him about waiting on the Lord. May God hear our prayer and soften his heart because waiting is not easy.

  6. VICKI SCHLUPP on September 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Love you Patsy! Thanks for brightening up my day!

  7. Sheryl Brown on September 16, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Love it! How beautiful! I love fall, also, not just cuz it contains my birthday, but I love all the warm colors and great baking ingredients!

    Thanks for helping me out this year. I made 12 flights in my quest for a retirement home in Tennessee. The Lord blessed us with one in Bethpage, and we saw it last week. Got three more years to go in California until retirement, but it will be waiting for me.

    Take care, and Happy Fall!

  8. Vickie on September 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I LIKE it! Very nice!

  9. Melissa Henderson on September 16, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful. Now, I want to decorate for fall. 🙂

  10. Terri Astin on September 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I live 10 miles from Galveston, so it won’t be really fall for awhile, but the pumpkin spice flavors are already everywhere! Love it! I haven’t put out anything yet, but Halloween comes shortly!

  11. Kristy on September 16, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you for the good and encouraging words!

  12. Debbie Wahlbrink on September 16, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    So pretty – and warm and inviting! Thanks for sharing – and for the giggles!

  13. Phyllis Zimmerman on September 16, 2020 at 3:23 pm


    • Kim on September 16, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      I Love it Patsy!!🧡💚🤎

  14. Laurine Forsythe on September 16, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    It’s perfect! 🙂

  15. Linda Fenska on September 16, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Very lovely!

  16. Billie Dumas on September 16, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Love it!

  17. Jan J. on September 16, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you, Patsy. It looks beautiful and gave me a boost! I put my wreath out on Monday without even thinking about the date. You just know when it’s time for fall regardless of a calendar. I put my wreath out on Monday without even thinking about the date. You just know when it’s time for fall regardless of a calendar!

  18. Cindy on September 16, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Patsy enjoyed your humor and cute pics of your decor! It is a special time of year and I think we are all needing positive changes this year. Waiting has been hard and thankfully we have our Lord who makes that possible especially in the hard seasons. Blessings to you! 🙏🏼💖

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