“Oh. 81 and 80,” he said.


He was reading this weekend’s forecast temperatures.

Mini collage #16, “Got it Made in the Shade,” cSylvia Robertson, 2017

It’s the second weekend in October—and this isn’t Florida. We live in the Northeast.

This autumn can’t decide if it’s summer or winter, or that season it’s supposed to be, in between. One day the sun blazes down through humid air, making everybody sweat more than they did this past summer, which wafted breezes light and mild. The next day we wake to frost formed thick enough on roofs to mimic snow.

Mostly it’s been posing as summer, and here it is again!

Perfect time to publish this collage, made in still-warm September, using cutouts mostly from house-and-yard catalogs, and named “Got it Made in the Shade.”

That describes my personal forecast for today.

I’ve cranked out our own table umbrella on the patio to full unfurl, and moved the hammock to beneath the apple tree. I plan to lounge there long in warm breezes and snooze or read, or gaze around above me at leaf colors I don’t normally associate with hammock lounging.

Yet ironically I added leaves to the collage, to represent the shade of trees—and the leaves, you’ll notice, aren’t green, but autumnal gold!

It is Sonday—the day I like to rest, really rest, “in His shade.” And a couple of Psalms verses drift through my purposely lazy head:

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps 91:1 NKJV).


“The LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night” (Ps 121: 5-6 NIV).

I’ve got it made in His shade today!

Hoping you do, too!


Previous posts in this series:

Day 1 Collage and 31-Days Introduction

Day 2 Collage: Nothing-But-Junk Fish

Day 3 Collage: What Grabs Your Heart?

Day 4 Collage: Why I Chose to do this 31 Days–Really

Day 5 Collages: On Being Transparent

Day 6 Collage: Salute to Birds and Dragonflies