The view is different out my windows lately. The leaves are gone from the trees expanding the deep horizon so I can now see the Olympics way off in the distance. The garden sits exposed with bare earth since I haven't finished mulching. Already I miss my fingers in the soil. Everything is earthy damp and decaying. My eyes search over the landscape for subtle changes, something new to look at.
I imagine myself going out and lying down, joining the earth in this deep long pause.
Our home is preparing for holiday but my heart is preparing for winter. Days indoors, cozy fires in the hearth, hobbies for our hands, books for our thoughts. Little trips into town but mostly simple at home life, quiet, slow and real. A little too slow for some of us even. It may not always be so but for now it's the gist of our country life.
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