Twilight in Autumn


Twilight in Autumn

There’s something lovely about twilight in autumn; the stillness, the serenity of it seems to penetrate into the heart.  As the last glow of day dims, and the shadows recede into nothingness, a peace enters in.  O, that peace that delights the soul and gives evidence that God is near, willing to hear our deepest desires and to share something from His heart with ours.

How strange then is the irony of a loneliness which wells up within.  Perhaps from memories of days long gone, or the silent wish of reliving those moments – a hug, a laugh, a shared dream.  A sigh wisps away from slightly smiling lips and awakens one to the present moment.

Ah, twilight in autumn; where mercy surrounds, and the hope of a new day containing all God’s goodness awaits in the wings.  You are a gentle reminder to pray and to breathe, and I cherish you.

Marianne Coyne copyright September 22, 2016


Good day, friends, and welcome to Leisure Lane, with a special welcome to Leisure Lane’s new followers.

I hope the above filled you with the beauty of Autumn.  Perhaps it persuaded you to slow down and take a cup of tea, while you ponder the delights of a new season.  I hope so.  I’m continuing to work on my newest romance book, River Runs Deep.

Thank you for strolling by today.  Until next time, may happy days abound!


Note:  The above image is a detail from the original oil painting, Sheltering Oak, by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.





October, October with pumpkins and spice,
With leaves multicolored like a quilt without price.
With billowed white clouds ‘gainst a sky deepened blue,
I long for crisp breezes brought only by you.

A nip here and there against rosy cheeks,
A walk along meadows, hedgerows, and creeks.
A plaid blanket and basket with goodies inside
For a picnic with you along countryside.

October, October my year seems complete,
As I quietly sit with a book at your feet.
My soul is serene, my heart ardently gay,
As I ponder your beauty in every grand day.

Copyright©2016 Marianne Coyne


Happy October, friends! And until next time, may happy days abound!



Homemade Bath Powder

Good day, Friends!  Welcome to Leisure Lane.  I hope all is well with you, and you are enjoying the beginning of the autumn season as much as I am.  It’s a bit cooler this morning, so I’ll be taking a walk when I’m done posting, before it gets too warm.

In my last post, featuring the homemade coconut oil deodorant, I mentioned I would re-post the recipe for my homemade all-natural bath and body powder.  For a long time I also used this as a deodorant and it worked well.  So for those of you who may have an aversion to using coconut oil, this is another alternative.


This body powder was very easy to make, and is so natural that you could eat it, though I wouldn’t recommend it ;)…  Equal parts cornstarch and tapioca starch (flour), and half the amount of baking soda (the baking soda adds a nice deodorant aspect).  Add enough essential oil drops to suit your desired aroma strength (I used Lavender for this powder), and mix.  Sift it through a sifter or mesh strainer, and put it into any pretty container with a lid.  Decorate it as desired.

Or you can funnel it into a shaker.  I used this widowed pepper shaker.  I bought it years ago because I liked the cheery colors and design, but never put anything in it.  Now, with new purpose, it can sprinkle dust instead of collect it.

These dusting powders make perfect gifts, and you can use any essential oils you like.  I prefer the oils because they don’t give me the itchy nose or sneezy feeling that store bought fragrances do…especially the toiletry items.  Or you can leave out the fragrance for a refreshing unscented powder.

You can also add the oils to purified water with a touch of witch hazel or alcohol, and add to a spray bottle for a lovely, refreshing body spray anytime.  I made some with Jasmine essential oil, and it’s divine.


Dusting Body Powder

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup tapioca starch (flour)
1/2 cup baking soda
approx. 10-15 drops of essential oil
mix ingredients and sift.  The fragrance will enhance as it sits.


Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane.   Until next time may happy days abound!


Easy-Peasy Homemade Natural Deodorant

img_2373Coconut Oil Deodorant

Good day, and thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing more natural things for a healthier me.  This all-natural homemade deodorant is one of those things.

It’s a simple recipe, yet works wonders, and I’ll never use anything else again.  If you’d like to make your own, the recipe is as follows:

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (for thickener)
1 to 2 tablespoon extra virgin, unfiltered, cold-pressed coconut oil
1/8  to 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda**

In a bowl mix the ingredients until smooth, then transfer it into a clean container.  Play with the ingredients to see how much of the arrowroot you need to get it to the right consistency.  I sometimes add more.

The arrowroot powder works as a thickener.  Arrowroot can usually be found in the spice section of the grocery store, but if you can’t find it, you can most likely use cornstarch or tapioca powder.   Coconut oil is absolutely wonderful and has many uses.  In this recipe it helps to keep down the bacteria that causes odors.  So even on its own you get some protection.  The baking soda helps to eliminate or absorb odors, so its an extra addition to the anti-odor solution.

All in all, I am amazed with how wonderful this deodorant works!  And it’s not just for the ladies…it works very well on men, too.

**Though I haven’t had a problem, baking soda can severely irritate some skin types, which is why I added very little.  Some of the recipes on the internet add way too much, and many people complain of a burning reaction.  If you decide to make it, start out with the lower dose, and see how that works for you.  Everyone is different, so do what you think is best for you.  But, I firmly believe that the baking soda should be a minimal ingredient.

You can double the recipe if need be.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this.  Let me know what homemade products you use, if any, and how they work for you.  Thank you, again for visiting.  May your day be filled with blessings.

Until next time, may happy days abound!



Pamper Yourself – Naturally!

img_2371-graduatedRosemary Hair Rinse

Good day, and welcome to Leisure Lane!

Whenever we do something nice for ourselves, we think of it as pampering.  But truthfully, most of what we call pampering ourselves are things we should be doing daily to keep ourselves healthy.  Recently, I’ve been making a most delightful rosemary hair rinse – simple to make, yet glorious to my hair and scalp.

I simmer some fresh sprigs of rosemary in filtered water for a few minutes and then let it cool down a bit.  Then I remove the sprigs and pour the rosemary water through a strainer into a clean container, and I’m ready to use it as my final rinse.  It can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days until I’m ready to use it for my next washing.

After washing and conditioning, I pour it over my hair and gently massage my scalp for a minute or so.  Then I  squeeze out the excess and wrap my hair in a towel before drying.

img_2373-graduatedI made some as a gift along with homemade, all-natural deodorant for my neighbor.  She loved the gesture, as she works very hard during the week and appreciates doing little things that help her to relax when she gets home.  The deodorant is amazing!  I’ll be posting how to make that next time.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post.  What are your favorite ways to ‘pamper’ yourself?  I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Happy Card for a Happy Day


Hello everyone, and thank you for strolling by the Lane today!

I’ve been creative today, so I thought I’d share a quick card I made this afternoon. It’s a horizontal card made on some extra card stock I had.  It was so much fun and quite relaxing to do.  Simple line drawings and colored in with some markers.

I’ve been doing lots of swirls in my gratitude journal and drawing lots of cupcakes lately, and thought I’d incorporate some of that in the card.  I’ve been having goodies on my mind a lot lately…LOL!

I hope you all have a delightful day today!  Until next time, may happy days abound!


September Rain

Good day, friends…

I’m so happy you’ve come by to visit.  Since it’s September and raining on and off  in my neck of the woods, I thought I’d re-post the following.  I hope you enjoy it.  Autumn has always seemed to me to be a time of introspection and preparation for renewal.  May your day be full of good and happiness.

       Path of Hope detail rain drops                                                                        

     September Rain                                                         

     An afternoon, September rain catches my attention, and invites me to sit a while.  The rocking chair seems the best place, and cradles me and my thoughts like a gentle mother, while briefly reminding me of time spent cradling my own child in this very chair.  I look out of the window; the grayness never had so much color.  I smile at that paradoxical thought. 

     A branch of a tree, hidden around the corner of the house, sticks out like a long arm;  it’s leaves still green, still firmly attached, not yet affected by any change in the season.  The rain has saturated the branch.  Drops fall from it one by one, like round, glistening pearls, as if they know each must take a turn as not to upstage the other.  But some seem to lose their timing, and two or three fall at once until the rhythm is once again recovered.  I can’t help but notice that no matter how many droplets fall, more get added on until the poor thing is heavily laden with its tear-like burden. 

     How can such seemingly weightless little drops weigh down a branch with such intensity?  That pitiful extremity could be anyone’s life, I think to myself – weighed down by worldly droplets; trials which leave one unable to move.  Often those unmerciful times, like raindrops, come one after the other becoming heavier by the minute until one is so saturated by the downpour, that each subsequent drop feels as if it is landing in slow motion. 

     I look at that branch bending from it’s cumbersome, transparent cloak.  It seems to say, “I have faith this will end soon, the sun will shine, and I will again rise to the height of God’s purpose.”  Faith keeps that branch from breaking under the strain of it’s heavyhearted predicament, and I realize that my faith helps me to bend like that determined branch.  After all, it’s true – rains don’t last forever.  Even the Great Flood came to an end, the sun shone, and man once again rose to the height of God’s purpose.  So was this September rain a reminder of my faith and purpose; my strength and verve. So was this September rain my compass in the storm of life.


 Copyright©2003 Marianne Coyne

Hello friends,

As promised here is the first version of an inspired September afternoon in 2003.  On June 25th I posted ‘Out of the Blue“, the second version of this quiet, yet powerful contemplative day.  If you haven’t read it, or wish to read it again, you can click here for the June post.

Thank you all for visiting here on Leisure Lane.  I hope I’ve stirred a little something in you of hope, faith, or at least a quiet deep breath.  You are all very special to me.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above image is an altered detail from an original oil painting, “Path of Hope”, by Marianne Coyne.  The prose is written by Marianne Coyne, copyright©2003.  All rights reserved.




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