Cable Gauge Sweater: Ross
Lee Slimming Jeans: Kohls

Red Oaks are by far my favorite trees. I love their tall majesty…the deep greens of summer …and the brilliance of gold, orange and reds in late autumn. For the first eighteen years of our marriage, we lived in an 1100 square foot home built in the 1940s…hardwood floors, family history, and, yes, very cozy for five people. Yet, I loved the older neighborhood and to open my shutters every day to gaze upon our red oak dominating the landscape, planted there by my husband’s grandmother (the original homeowner). Thanksgiving was always my favorite moments with our tree…it would put on a flame kissed red coat which reached to the sky. I loved it and will cherish it in my heart forever.

Love the sleeves on the sweater…

I still collect acorns!

As the children grew, the one bathroom became more and more of an issue…just ask our daughter…so I knew we were destined to leave one day. That was when I began to gather acorns and plant them in plastic buckets…we just had to have a red oak wherever the new home would be. Now, I think acorns are really cute, much like small children…and they needed to be nourished,  and this was parenting with a reward. The tree I stand in front of here is one of my bucket trees and reminds me of those precious early days with our family.

What’s really interesting about red oaks is that they are most visible and beautiful AFTER going through tough times. Dry, hot sunny days followed by cool, dry nights will result in the most beautiful color. (I am expecting a lot from these trees this year since that is all we have had down in Texas). It is not the baby red oak that is the most striking…it is the weathered mature red oak.

My bucket tree grows strong and tall in our backyard!

I see myself now much like this tree. I honestly believe that right now, at 58, I am at my best. Yes, I have wrinkles, vericose veins, and a few too many pounds, but the weathering has brought  maturity that I believe keeps me my visible best. The red oak stands up in autumn with great confidence and you cannot help but notice its beauty. May we all stand with that same confidence and squelch the desire to return to our acorn-age, and be proud that we are majestic, beautiful, strong women with a lot of life ahead.

Scarf: Chico’s
Attitudes Earrings: Stein mart
Dana Buchman Bracelet: Kohls

Dollhouse Oxfords:  DSW Clearance ($8.00!!)

Now, go on over to Not Dead Yet Style and see some more striking red oaks for VISIBLE MONDAY!

The grass is dead, but the tree
looks great!!

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