With everything that's been going on here recently, I haven't even mentioned the weather which has shifted into pure glory. The highs have been in the low to mid 80's, the lows at night are in the low 60's and even high 50's. If it meant never having to experience another hurricane or hurricane scare again in my life I would skip fall altogether but since that's not possible, I will graciously take the lower temperatures, the blue skies, the vibrant light of fall. There's a difference to the light these days. It's like the sun is not trying to kill us unlike what it does all summer. When I say (too frequently, I am sure) that the heat on a walk did not kill me, it's not much of a joke. It always seems like a possibility.
However, one day last week, and I don't remember which one it was, it got noticeably cooler as evening came on and when I checked the weather and saw that it was going to get down into the sixties, I opened the windows and doors and as always, I could feel the house breathe it's great sigh of relief as the air washed the walls and floors again. They've been open ever since and the silence which has replaced the sound of the air conditioner's constant chugging is so pleasant, so...peaceful, so full of bird song. Another indicator of fall.
I have not gotten out the duck yet. It is not cold, of course, although I will say that both Mr. Moon and I have been chilly enough to pull on garments with sleeves. But instead of the duck, I got out the mostly-down-and-a-tiny-bit-of-feathers-lighter-weight comforter which I got at Wag the Dog a few months ago and had washed and dried and stored away and it has been such a luxury to sleep under it. A perfect weight for these nights. Jack appreciates it too, sleeping next to me as he does. Last night I went to sleep scratching his chin. Every time I tried to pull my hand away he would tap-tap it, and I would resume the scratching but it got fainter and slower as I drifted into sleep and by then I think he was asleep too.
I have not been exactly slothful today but I have taken it very easy. I washed the sheets and hung them on the line with the rest of the laundry.
I watered plants and played musical pots with a few of them, transplanting one here, and then putting another in the now-empty pot. I sometimes remind myself of hermit crab swap meets where the crabs meet in large groups to trade shells that fit them better.
I got out the garden cart and picked up a few branches that had fallen in the few meager wind gusts we had the last few days. My god, we were lucky!
It is one of my most sacred and happy places.
Sigh. I miss that place so much. I know- I need to go visit again. I have been struggling so with anxiety but it's time for me to get over it, to just go. To sit on that dock at sunset, to swim in that beautiful, deep pool with the four lions spitting water. For those of you are new here, if you do a search of the blog for "Roseland" you can see what I'm talking about.
You sound better than you have for weeks. I'm glad. I like the scene you describe of your peaceful time at home with the windows open.ReplyDelete
I am not very good at hiding how I feel, am I? And mostly, I don't try that hard.Delete
What beauty--wind through the windows; Roseland and all your good memories expanded. I can see the blossoms in your yard, bending in the wind.ReplyDelete
It's so nice here right now. And Roseland...we'll be there this week.Delete
Oh how happy and at peace you sound!ReplyDelete
I really have felt better.Delete
You are Ms. Sunshine, I fear if you lived in our dark woods you would surely just lay down and die. Here comes winter...ReplyDelete
I have often thought about how I could not take days of darkness. I just couldn't. I do our rain storms but they come and they go.Delete
I was just telling Dennis that today had a distinct fall-like feeling! Amazing how a few degrees and slight drop in relative humidity can be so blissful. Now - to read that article about Roseland . . .ReplyDelete
Yes- a little less humidity, a little less heat and it's a different world.Delete
You are definitely sounding better. Calmer and happier. Pottering days are perfect for mending an angst ridden soul.ReplyDelete
Yes. I agree. I needed that so much.Delete
I read the whole article, fascinating, the history and the people, the island. It sounds like heaven. I'm glad you're feeling better and I love that photo of your front entrance.ReplyDelete
Isn't that a cool article? I love the information about Mary Goodrich Jenson. I had no idea! And I had no idea about that island being Audubon protected bird sanctuary. Just made me love Roseland even more.Delete
I can hear the "ease" in your voice with every sentence. The cooling weather, the hurricane is passed and you are thinking of the duck for your bed. it's a wonderful time of year. We are opposite, with the days warming up at last and I too have all doors and windows open to let the air blow through. I'm having thoughts of soon removing my down quilt from the bed, but we have a couple of months of cooler nights yet, so that can wait. tomorrow is the warmest and sunniest day for the week, so my sheets will be on the line. I draw the line at ironing though, I haven't ironed much since the kids learned to do their own and not at all since I retired.ReplyDelete
I notice you have the piano open, have you been tinkling the ivories?
I am so grateful for a weekend with few obligations and such beautiful weather. I mostly only iron as a good excuse to watch TV in the daytime. And it makes my sweetheart so happy to have ironed shirts.Delete
No. I have not been playing the piano. I am hoping to do a little fooling around on it when Glen goes hunting soon.
So now we can track the seasons around here with the duck jr coming out too haha. Falling asleep with Jack sounded wonderful; I'm sure it was the height of luxury for him!ReplyDelete
Exactly, Jill! And I also have the duckling which is a down blanket but all of the down is now smushed up in the corners of the sewn-in squares so it's about useless.Delete
Jack is a lovely cuddle cat at night.
"Duck Jr" -- LOL!Delete
Glad you are feeling better.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Ellen.Delete