RevGals Friday Five: Season Change


It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States, also known as Summer’s Last Hurrah. So let’s say goodbye to summer and hello to the autumn. (People in other climes, feel free to adapt as needed.)

1. Share a highlight from this summer. (If you please, don’t just say “our vacation to the Canadian Rockies.” Give us a little detail or image. Help us live vicariously through you!) I did not go away for my vacation this year. Instead I took two off and stayed home. I did some much needed deep cleaning in my house, painted a few rooms, and played. Now as the busy-ness of my life ramps up I can be grateful for how clean and organized my large walk in closet is, or the fact the moving my bedroom furniture around prevents the hall light from shining in my face and waking me up when the kids stay up later than me. I am glad that the rooms that were painted look so clean and fresh and new. And, on my vacation I played with friends, went to Millennium Park several times. Plus most of the summer the weather in Chicagoland has been GLORIOUS! (That is other than the horrible rain, too much rain, and tornado’s of last week). It’s been a summer of just enough HOT weather to feel like summer, just enough sun, just enough cool days, and well, lately a bit too much wind and rain. But now, we are in for a fabulous Labor Day weekend. So, all in all, a great summer.

2. Are you glad to see this summer end? Why or why not? Well, despite how much I actually enjoyed this summer and our great weather, I am looking forward to fall. I am ready to pull out my fall wardrobe and wear jeans and long sleeved clothes and closed toed shoes. I’m ready to walk my dogs in the cool crisp air of fall and watch the leaves change.

3. Name one or two things you’re looking forward to this fall. See above. Plus I am looking forward to our annual Clergy Conference. We all gather for three days and two nights at a conference center north of here. We can walk the beautiful wooded grounds and enjoy the company of our clergy colleagues. Plus this year we have Tony Campolo coming to speak. Also, I am looking forward to meeting our nominees for Bishop and to our Annual Diocesan Convention when we elect the new Bishop. I pray it is a Spirit-filled election.

4. Do you have any special preparations or activities to mark the transition from one season to another? (Cleaning of house, putting away summer clothes, one last trip to the beach) We usually go apple picking.

5. I’ll know that fall is really here when: the leaves turn, we pick apples, and pumpkins are everywhere.

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About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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12 Responses to RevGals Friday Five: Season Change

  1. Mrs. M says:

    I really, really like Tony Campolo. I don’t always agree with him, but I really like him.

  2. Deb says:

    Your fall conference sounds great – Tony is a challenging speaker. You can’t listen with your brain off, that’s for sure…Enjoy your fall! :)d

  3. mompriest says:

    I know that some of us will not agree with him either – but we really try to bring in speakers from differing points of view rather than just feed the majority. So, I’m looking forward to being challenged. I just hope I’m not too tired, ‘cuz then my brain won’t work….

  4. Sally says:

    enjoy that fall conference- it sounds great. We are waiting for the children to head off to University before re-organising!

  5. karlajean says:

    I love Tony Campolo, although I haven’t heard him for twenty years, since I was a senior in college. I loved the MA program he was doing–starting cottage industries in developing countries to help folk earn some money…sort of like the Ten Thousand Village concept. In any case, great play!

  6. RevDrKate says:

    Great play. Your CC sounds revitalizing. Apple picking is always on my list and rarely happens….maybe this year!

  7. "PS" says:

    I love that cool crisp air…it is revitalizing. Enjoy!

  8. Serena says:

    I wish I could be at your clergy conference. I love Tony Campolo … there’s a man who walks the talk!

  9. Songbird says:

    Your conference sounds marvelous!

  10. Diane says:

    I like Tony Campolo too. And yes, the leaves turn, the apple picking wonderful!

  11. revabi says:

    Can I move north, it sounds wonderful. I wish I could do what you did,I actually need to do that. The house is a disaster. Never ever trust housecleaning to your husband.Hope you have a great fall, conference and election.

  12. mompriest says:

    abi, remember my kids are 19 and 15…I could never do this when my kids were younger….

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