Its halfway through October, the leaves are a beautiful array of yellow, orange and red, though there is not quite enough red for my liking. One thing I did not expect is for the weather to still be so absolutely wonderful. The grass is still green, temperature above 70 degrees, and I am still growing vegetables in my garden in the mountains of Montana, and they're not in a green house.
Broccoli and Swiss Chard should be things of months past. My chives, onions, carrots, potatoes and garlic should have been harvested long ago to keep from being frozen in the ground, and yet they are still growing and I am harvesting and gathering. For me, this is a huge blessing because otherwise, I would have lost a lot of it since I do not have a lot of time for harvesting. I've been able to do a little bit at a time.
But I fear this will soon be changing.
A good thing can't last forever, and it will turn frigid soon. But with the cold comes many new opportunities for joy in a different way. Though I love warm weather, I love to be able to be bundled up in a cozy blanket, watching a good movie with my hubby, or snuggled next to my boys reading a good book, or turning my thoughts to the joys of Thanksgiving and magic of Christmas.
I also enjoy this coming season for the downtime. Yes, it still has its busyness, but it is far less busy because there is no yard work, or garden, or summer getaway plans, or training for races. I look forward to my time to write. This is my season for progress, for getting those thoughts and stories out of my head and onto paper where I can reach others. To reach you, and to see your enjoyment.
Here's to many thousands of words to come this season. :-)
Stephanie N. Pitman, Author
The written word is magical...
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