...and we are having a snowstorm.
It's shocking really - a shock to the system. It was beautiful autumn last week, glowing trees, pumpkins, apples, cool nights and warm days.
And then suddenly - boom! Big snowstorm coming thru. Frantically clean up the garden furniture, winterize the outdoor hoses, put everything in the shed ( and then take everything out cause the snowblower is in the back corner, damn it) - clean out the pots of plants, (salvage a rosemary plant) and cut as many hydrangeas as I can - they make beautiful dried flowers.
Dried Hydrangeas make me remember my friend Isabel who died about 13 years ago. Isabel was extremely creative, drew like an angel, embroidered, painted, gardened and read about as much as I did. In the fall , we would make the rounds of the antique stores, who usually had their stores smelling lovely with hot cider bubbling somewhere, and we'd happily look for treasures. Isabel taught me how to dry hydrangeas and other flowers to preserve summer. I miss her something awful around this time of year. I have friends who love me enough to go to antique stores and rummage around with me, but Isabel loved poking in those stores as much as I do. There's a difference.
So - it's back to knitting by the fire with headphones on listening to a book on tape. The electricity has burbled a few times, and since this storm is expected to get worse, we also spent the day doing laundry, and filling the bathtub for extra water (we have a well...which uses an electric pump). At our old house we had an old old outhouse, which was a comforting thought in times of power outage.
I keep hearing big crashing noises in the woods, tree limbs crashing down I'm sure. I expect we'll hear them all night, and as long as they don't crash down on my house, it's OK.
I hope you are warm and cozy on this chilly winter ( I can't believe I wrote that) night.