A person’s life consists of a collection of events, the last of which could also change the meaning of the whole, not because it counts more than the previous ones but because once they are included in a life, events are arranged in an order that is not chronological but, rather, corresponds to an inner architecture.
– Italo Calvino
Hello! How are you? I hope this finds you well and happy. Or if not happy, at peace with whatever is. Welcome back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. It’s been a while, eh? Come on in and we’ll have some tea or coffee, water, fresh apple cider, or nothing at all (if that’s your preference), and a little chat. I’ve been on a great adventure and have lots to share. I thought an informal tea/coffee chat might be in order. Not that my chats are ever formal. I don’t think there is much that I do that actually is formal.
If you’re feeling peckish, we have plenty of apples and we brought back some apple dumplings — enough to share — if your sweet tooth is craving something. They’re sweet, but not overly so. The tart apples help to balance out the sweet sauce.
M and I took a little trip out to Breezy Acres in the Bogs (NE Ohio) to do any maintenance on the house that needed doing (landlord duties) and to visit with Little Wookie and his parents. We’d hoped to see our granddaughters, too, but that didn’t work out. The girls are busy-busy with dance and soccer (activities they seem to love), and we weren’t up to another five hours (round trip) of driving to make our way down to where they live.
While we were in the Bogs, we gave Little Wookie’s parents a break on Saturday afternoon (they went out to lunch and to do some shopping), and gave his mama a good part of a day to herself on Monday by taking him to Oh Wow!, a children’s science and technology museum in Youngstown, Ohio. It was great fun. The best part for me is always the excitement and enthusiasm he brings to whatever we’re doing with him.
That last sentence may not be true. The best part is just being with him, and with family. And the love, of course. Still, I love seeing things the way the Little Wookie does with new eyes and with a sense that everything is a miracle worthy of a big “WHOAAAA!” or “WOW!!!”
In between the babysitting or somewhere around it, we also went to a pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins, enjoyed story time at the library, met new people, spent time with an old friend (and made a new friend or two, I hope), and did a lot of playing and walking around Breezy Acres. Now that Little Wookie is fully mobile (walking), there isn’t much sitting to be had while he’s awake. He is 18 months old now, and one of the happiest children I’ve ever met.
After spending a few days in Ohio, M surprised me with a short (approximately three days) stay in the mountains of western Maryland. It was our annual fall leaf peeping excursion, but there was not a lot of color around to see. Still, it was amazingly beautiful and we did a lot of hiking and exploring. I’ll be showing you pictures from that trip for a long time to come, I suspect.
Some of the folks we talked with that live in the Deep Creek Lake area in western Maryland, had theories about why there was not much autumn color this year. Some said it was due to the lack of rain. A lot of the leaves just fell off without changing. We saw some of that here before we left the Eastern Shore. Others think it was the warmer than usual — or unseasonably warm — weather. They were all correct. The process begins when the days grow shorter and there is increasing darkness. To have a good leaf peeping season, you need a combination of just enough moisture and some cool, above-freezing, nights.
We had beautiful weather both in the Bogs and in the mountains of western Maryland. It was especially nice in the mountains. Mid-60’s, breezy, and sunny, with the deep blue skies of autumn. A cold front moved through a day or two before we arrived and the nights were cooler than we’ve experienced this season (in the 40’s), and as we were leaving yesterday we noticed there was much more color in the foliage than when we arrived.
Today is day 32 of the Forty Early Mornings challenge. How are my partners in yoga/meditation doing? I’ve kept up. Some days my practices were rather short. I’d catch ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the afternoon or evening. Usually that was because I didn’t want to miss a moment with Little Wookie while we were at Breezy Acres. Every now and then I’d manage a longer session, especially during our stay in the mountains where I had more time. Our hotel room, for reasons unknown to us, was upgraded to a penthouse suite, and I had plenty of room for yoga. In fact, we had about 1200 square feet of room when you add together the upstairs and downstairs areas of the suite. We also had a jacuzzi tub big enough to seat about 8-10 people. Crazy. We didn’t use it. It would have taken a few hours to fill.
Because we did so much hiking, I have plenty of walks to share as part of the Walktober event. Have you taken your walk yet? If not, you still have time. The end date is October 28th. Walk with us! It will be fun.
Speaking of walking, M and I have had some talks about training for a long walk. We have several in mind, culminating in one we’ve been discussing for years: the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales (U.K). We decided that we’re not getting any younger so, if we’re going to do it, we’d better get training. You might be hearing more about that from me in the future.
I reckon that’s about it from me on this beautiful autumn Saturday. It’s a bit warmer than usual here today, and still a bit buggy. I already miss the mountains were I was free to roam about without the use of insect repellents. I’m thinking about going out to the Point at sunset. Join me, if you like. Sunset tonight is scheduled for 6:18 PM. I’ll be there early so I can take a short walk.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 376) Gorgeous autumn days while we were traveling, and gorgeous autumn days when we returned home. 377) Being welcomed home by Izzy and Bella who must have missed us judging by their behavior. 378) Our house-sitter who takes such good care of the cats and the house while we’re away. 379) Sleeping in my own bed. The penthouse suite was nice, but there’s nothing like being in my own bed. 380) Surprises that show up in the mail while we’re away and just after we return.