It's been wet with a cold wind blowing across the world this weekend. I find myself feeling lazy, drowsy, and in no hurry to accomplish anything at all. The extent of my work has been to wash a couple loads of laundry, cook a roast and vegetables, and just today took a few minutes to pull the dead beans and squash out of the garden.
We spent a couple of hours taking a long Sunday morning drive, looking at the changing leaves, seeing farms and homes decked out in Halloween colours, and in general talking about our plans for the future. As much as we love Sparrow Haven we also want a large lot of land to raise chickens, have a cow or two, and plant an orchard and a nice big garden. We'd also like to have some wooded land so we can harvest our own firewood every fall, rather than relying on local sellers to have some available.
As I write this entry I look outside the window and watch the rain heavy clouds gather and think how wonderful it is to be able to relax in front of the fire and talk to my beloved. We share our hopes and dreams and make plans both short and long term. We plan out the garden for next year and discuss which building projects we want to get done and which can wait. We enjoy the company of our children, all four footed and furry.
The fall is a truly blessed time for us. A time for looking behind to understand our mistakes, and a time for looking ahead to where we want to be tomorrow, next year, five years, and even further ahead than that. It is a time to put aside the toys of summer and prepare for the winter. It is a season for review, last minute preparations, and like today, it is a season to rest and relax.