The only constant is change – a statement I make quite often, it seems, but one that I think is the ultimate truth. There are not so many real changes in my life, other than the season. We are well into fall now, with the not-so-unusual drops in temperatures, night frosts, a little rain in the basin, snow in the mountains. These changes do not disturb me. When snow falls in my yard, that will probably disturb me if it’s before Christmas.
The way I’m spending my days has changed – or at least, my current hobby has changed. Instead of spending a large portion of my days blogging, I’ve been spending my days playing with alcohol inks, taking online classes to try to learn to control this medium, if not – we all have dreams – master it. One of my favorite assignments was this rooster.
I would like to say our political climate in this country is changing, but I think it really is not. Worsening, perhaps – but attribute that to the fact that it’s an election year, an event that I have come to dread. Perhaps one of the worst side effects is the strain these events can put on relationships – there are people I love dearly who are on the opposite side of the coin from me. I try to bite my tongue, I try not to judge, I try not to argue, because that will accomplish nothing more than increasing that strain. I am not going to change anyone’s mind. The idealists will vote for the 3rd party candidates, and I might consider that, except – I’m not entirely certain they are qualified either, and I fear votes for them will only assure the win by what I consider to be the worst possible choice. Campaigns are never pretty and have never been, even back in the days of Adams and Jefferson. I think I should have a sandbox in which I can bury my head.
Changes are going on in my computer – changes initiated by me in an attempt to clean things up a bit. Hopefully, what I have initiated will not create future problems for me. I am emptying trash now – it says it has 730,000+ items to delete. That is old backups off the external hard drive I am eliminating – I think. I hope. At least that was my intent. Maybe I should have simply reformatted that drive. Fingers crossed.
The stores are bringing out Christmas already – that’s a change I’m not ready for! Far, far too early for that for me. I’d like to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first. My Kat has already made her flight reservations for her Christmas trip home, arriving December 18 and staying until January 5. Almost three weeks I get her this year! Gep says he thinks he’ll be home too, but he rarely makes definite plans very far ahead. And while the purveyors of goods are already thinking Christmas, I am still watching the signs of fall. That’s enough change for me.
We have had some days of rain, welcomed, badly needed rain. Once the skies turn blue again and things dry up, I will be back outside preparing for the winter. Because, like it or not, that is a change that cannot be avoided. I will be working on more simplification in my yard, attempting to reduce the amount of work required without detracting from the beauty. That’s a change that is needed as I grow not younger and, sadly, less energetic.
In the meantime, I will adjust to changes happening in my world. I will pray that it will all work out in the end. I will luxuriate in the knowledge that I have enough, enjoy my quiet times, cuddle with my furry girls, and appreciate my family and friends. I wish you the same.