I’m so happy you’ve stopped by – I always enjoy our visits. Would you like a cup of coffee – I have regular and decaf, as well as a couple of flavored coffees – or tea? I have half a dozen flavors of herbal teas. Oh yes, I also have hot spiced cider and hot chocolate, if you’d prefer. If you’re hungry, even just a little bit, I’d be happy to give you some of the creamed cheese stuffed pumpkin spice pull apart I baked yesterday, which is sticky gooey yummy.
We had wind yesterday so the annual onslaught of pine needles has begun. The trees do like to shed those needles in the fall and winter – they are big on sharing and when it’s not pine needles, it’s pine cones or pollen pods or bits of dead branches. Sometimes I have trouble being thankful for the good they provide – homes for the birds and the squirrels, shade for all of us – and they are beautiful. But, oh, far too generous with their produce.
This means that today I will get out the blower and rake and dispatch the needles from the decks and garage apron, and maybe start raking up some of the needles in the paths and gravel areas. Then I will arm myself with the fishing net and scoop needles out of the pond. I have probably said this before, but I’ll say it again – do not construct a pond beneath pine trees. Or any trees, for that matter. Those needles on the grassy areas will be subject to the blades of the lawn tractor next time I mow. I will show no mercy.
For those of you on the east coast, I hope the wrath of Joaquin has not taken too large a toll on you and yours. I am grateful he has headed out to sea and hope that he loses some of his power before he hits land again. I read this morning that he is only 1 mph below reaching Cat 5. I hope your lives have not thrown too many bumps in your paths, and the joys have outweighed any problems. We all have periods of far too many speed bumps, but isn’t it such a relief when we have finally gotten over them?
Life in my world is pretty normal. I have spent far too much time in my chair in the morning room, reading, playing silly games, looking out my window – finding myself somewhat mesmerized by little things, like the tails of the squirrels.
Silly, I know, but when the light hits just right it emphasizes the individual hairs and the gradation of the colors on the tails. The details in this world are just incredible, I think – and I am grateful to have time to notice them.
The Virginia Creeper (or is it Boston Ivy? I’m not certain) climbing up the tree down by the shop has taken on the brilliance of fall. Happy colors. This time of year is one of my favorites. Spring brings to me the joy of awakenings, warmth after the too-long winter (no matter how long it really is), new growth. Fall brings the promise of time to rest, to pull inward and enjoy the time to meditate, to read, to invest time in hobbies – or to do nothing at all. I tend to wind down too quickly though, and leave too much of the yard work that needs to be tended to for spring. But in spring, I have more enthusiasm for it. How about you?
I have made a half-hearted attempt to create a fall display outside my door – I have the thought that perhaps, next trip to the bigger town, I will pick up a scarecrow or some such fall feature to add to this pot. Do you do much decorating for the seasons, the holidays? So far, this attempt is the best I have to offer.
I need to change my larger flag for fall – it is still the late summer frog flag. I don’t think I have a real fall flag for the little garden post, but since it’s time for the wine growers to be gathering their fruit to make wine for those of us who enjoy a glass or so in the evenings, this seems quite appropriate, don’t you think? I do need to see what I actually have though, since I inherited some flags from The Artistic One when she moved, one year ago. I miss her and our outings.
Oh my, I do tend to go on and on, don’t I? Please, tell me how you’re feeling, what you’ve been doing, and what’s going on in your life? Are their happy bubbles in your world? I hope so. I wish you could stay awhile longer, but I look forward to when we can get together again. Until we meet again, I wish you enough.