We are very close to peak color here in Western Maine. The little ponds that dot this area are a perfect place to sit and enjoy the show. Nature is orchestrating a symphony of color right now. You would think after 60+ years of this I would become complacent but that is never the case.
Today it will be near 70 F so it is outdoors for me. There is a lot of cutting back to do and I will pick away at it all week. There is bulb planting to do as well. I swept out the barn yesterday and there is still tidying up to do in there. There is always something that needs doing.
I remember years ago I decided to do the condominium thing. No outside to deal with, care-free living. But I found it unsatisfying. I missed the contact with nature. I have found a balance here. I do what I can, what I am able and then I have kind folks that I can hire to do the rest. It is the best of both worlds!
In the midst of this busy week I will take the time to just sit and breathe in this glorious pause before the colder, rainy days of November set in. It is a time to be deeply grateful as well. Somehow, I feel that gratitude more keenly in October for some reason.