14 September, 2016
Today is simply beautiful. We have been living in the apex of my favorite time of year. Our windows have been open 24/7 for nearly two weeks now, and my favorite parts of the day are the ones spent in bed. That is not to say I don't love being awake and living my day, but there is something so luscious about a chilled room and the supple cocoon of blankets, wrapped, cloaked, shrouded around you with only your face exposed to feel the caress of the changing of the seasons. You may call it silliness, I call it Nirvana.
This season, this paradise, as it were is so evanescent, it is vitally important, to my soul, to take advantage of every single morsel! I am hoping to get up into the mountains this week to enjoy the blaze of colors, textures, smells that are there for the taking. This country soul living the suburban life must find an occasional refuge from the chaos that we call life.
I know I go a little crazy when it is Autumn, but honestly, can you blame me? It is pure balm to my soul.
Right now is a rare quite moment in my life. The Littles are down for their naps, my bread just came out of the oven and the intoxicating scent, mingling with the spicy smell of Fall is engulfing my house. Keith and Faye will be home from school soon, and with them comes the chaos of life again, but now, in this moment, I can simply be me. Sure, there are dishes to be washed, a floor to be mopped, and counters to be wiped down in preparation for the after school snacks, but here, now, this moment, I am free to be and do exactly what my heart tells me. And apparently it is telling me to be a little rambley.
School has been in session for about a month now, and we are all adjusting. We finally sold the rental house, and while we didn't really make any money off of it, we are so relieved that we don't have to be landlords anymore. That is a job that neither of us are cut out to do! There will be no more stress of broken pipes, blown fuses, utilities, renters not paying their rent, etc. What a big huge relief to not have that anymore!
15 September, 2016
I sometimes have mental blocks that stop me from doing things that I really want to do. One of those things that I long to do is spend more time in the outdoors. One of my favorite quotes is by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says:
Except sometimes, I decide to abdicate my role as responsible everything, and let my soul fly free for a few hours.
Today was such a day. After I dropped the older kids off to school, I came home, did those darn dishes again, got some responsible papers that I had to drop off at an office, and then Bethy, the Baby and I left.
The whole drive there Beth kept asking, "Are we in my mountains yet, Mommy? Are we in my mountains?" I love that my little girl loves them as much as I do! The thing is, I didn't have a plan. I knew I wanted to go to the mountains, I just didn't know where exactly.
And just like that, our adventure was over. As we drove home, I went slowly, enjoying the pastoral scenery all around us, envying the quaint farm houses dotting the land with the miles of open land all around.