I doubt it could be any more beautiful a day if I’d put in my very own order. A warm, bright sun with the gentlest of breezes sweeping periodically through adorns my world. The grass is brilliantly green, something you have to work for during the summer months, but comes easily these early fall days. The tomato plants are loaded (I have a pan in the oven roasting as we speak – remember last year??) and the annuals are enjoying a resurgance of color before their final farewell over the next few weeks.
The sedum (from one near-dead clearance plant about 4 years ago) have gone from their hot-weather chartreuse to the light pink of a couple of weeks ago to a blazing cranberry, dotting the yard here and there in at least 12 places, growing ever larger and more glorious, the current social centers of the honey bees’ universe.
The disarray of the pool midway down, being dried and packed up for the year is rather unsightly and the shadows and sunlight dance differently now across the fences and gardens. As the year has gone on, I have learned to let some weeds co-exist with desired produce and have let the grass enroach where I had earlier ordered it not to.
The shorter days are bringing into focus the beauty of each one, the fleeting nature of the minutes and hours that create the lives we are leading.
At 1:10 am yesterday morning, having just dozed off not long before, I was awakened abruptly and fully by an acute sense of my mortality. At exactly 1:10 am, I realized I am closer to my death than to my birth. I am past the middle, maybe way past. Who knows?
I hope my colors are becoming more brilliant and more defined, less rigid and controlled. I hope the shortened days bring more focus and appreciation for the beauty of each one.
Today she waxes melancholoy – as always, when autumn arrives…Jeanie
It has happened before… (melancholoy re: fall, I mean)…
pictured: google image, but not far from where I live