We are so enjoying the nice weather we've had the past week. The country roads have been filled with harvest equipment as well as flatbed trucks carrying grain to elevators. The rare dry spell has been truly a Godsend to farmers and those of us who need to do more outside work before the snow falls. Already cold rain is in the near forecast...
This is the time of year I hold each sunny sixty-degree day close to my heart, engraving in my memory the shades of green as they will very soon disappear into the grey-white-black of winter. The leaves are mostly on the ground now, once in awhile a flaming red tree appears out of nowhere as I'm driving to campus. I must ask my husband if that particular species is last to lose its' leaves or if we are just blessed... or both. (Hubby has a Master's Degree in Wood Science.)
I'm not really a winter person even though I do prefer cold to hot and playing in snow to walking by the lake in August. No, give me autumn instead... that magical season which every day must be a preview of Heaven's glory.
Already I have had to scrape heavy frost off the car's windshields, wishing I'd thought to grab a pair of gloves from the closet. The refreshing chill I enjoy while walking to the rural mailbox will become wind swept bone chilling cold before I know it... the slow jaunt will be replaced by a fast walk, peeking from the fur lined hood of my coat just enough to look each way for fast moving cars on a rural road.
There are very real indications that Christmas is just around the corner... real as opposed to commercial imitation signs of the Season appearing at the end of September in Wal-Mart. The Christmas tree farm has lights on in the barn deep into the evening and there is talk of Salvation Army kettles during the 6:00 news.
I continue reading as I rest each afternoon and gain strength. It is a good thing to be able to get back to cooking and keep up (at least keep up without getting behind) on the daily gotta-do's.
Christopher was finally able to get into the student clinic this morning, they confirmed the sinus infection and gave him a couple prescriptions. There is so much illness on campus they had to make room for him between other scheduled appointments. This has been a rough season for all three of my mold allergy sufferers and I'm certain they are looking forward to their immune systems strengthening... Vitamin C is doled out each morning and evening.
It isn't Heaven, yet. :)
Picture: Raking Leaves; allposters.com