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WINDING DOWN
It seems as if the sun is setting so much faster these days, but here it is 8:30 at night and there is still a westerly glow. Maybe it's just that we don't notice it when the skies are overcast or it's raining, compared with the clear and crisp weather we've been blessed with this week. The trees are a bit droopy, on the verge of being droppy, but they haven't started shedding yet. Most of the fields have been cleared, and there are only a few dotted with thick wheels of hay still waiting to be collected for winter storage. I haven't seen any sugarbeets by the side of the road, and no long lines of geese flying south, so it's not really autumn quite, but the feel is in the air. It's time to rotate the t-shirts in and the sweaters out and the fleece jackets. It's time to bed the garden down for those frosty mornings, and make sure the scrapers are in both cars.

For some reason, I don't mind at all. It's not just because I love autumn, love the changing colors and the way the world works so smoothly, cycling around right on schedule. It's not just because I prefer cooler temperatures, love the snap in the air and the crackle underfoot, the way the horses grow shaggier with each passing day. It's not just the urge to hibernate, getting out the winter duvet, that cozy thick warm cover that turns the bed into a nest. It's not just the way the grass silvers with tiny diamonds every morning as we depart and the kids delight in the silly faces I scrape on their car windows before removing the crackled coating so I can see to drive. And neither is it just the hope of snow, that wonderful white transformation that's like a new view on the everyday scenes we take for granted.

I know that I'll complain about the lack of sunlight, and shiver uncontrollably when I have to leave the comfort of my home. It's part and parcel of the cycle. There can't be one without the other and I wouldn't enjoy the sunshine I get half so much if it was sunny without fail every day. Its very absence is what causes me to treasure so much its presence. It's nice stuff when you can get it, those summer days.

It's a time of rest for this side of the world, a time for the earth to relax and renew. Even though it's the busiest time of the year for ME, for us; it's the promise that the earth gives each year, that winter is a temporary thing, a short and silent sleep, at the end of which the light returns, the warmth returns, and everything begins again.
 hopeful
mood: hopeful
music: Parachute Club—Dancing at the Feet of the Moon


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We're getting touches of yellow starting in the tops of the birch trees up here and I have my svettisjacka on when I take Sophie out in the mornings. I don't know if I'm ready for this quite yet.

Since it's inevitable, I've found it's better to just be accepting and find the positive rather than getting totally bummed out. After all, this IS Sweden. It's not like we're not used to it! :P

Oh, that was just a lovely hunk of lizness. Thanks!

I am nothing if not a lovely hunk of lizness!

What a lovely bit of writing. Thanks!

(Anonymous)

I wish I could embrace winter in such a lovely fashion. It'll be interesting to see how lovely I feel when we're experiencing our first winter in 6 years. :) ~Marilyn

Since it's inevitable, we might as well give in and enjoy it...since we at least don't have the option right now of flying south for it. :)


the earth to relax and renew. Indeed.

A slumber from which the warmth of Spring shall stir the fertile earth once more.

(Anonymous)
Winding Down

"getting out the winter duvet, that cozy thick warm cover that turns the bed into a nest." ---Totally girl I was dreaming of that today, I am not sure if its too early still but I am thinking of it. Beautiful picture today! So I have to know has anyone sent you a page? -Alex you know my site www.pseudarthrosis.com

Re: Winding Down

Yes, I've gotten 3 pages so far, which makes me really happy :) They're all so different, just like my friends! I hope you'll consider sending me something :)

(Anonymous)
make me happy

oh Lizardek-- PLEASE keep this side bar up for a bit. I ABSOLUTELY want to send you a page--- this is something I would love to do-- this week is insane for me--- but please-- can you leave this up for 3-4 weeks so I can do this? I guess if you take it down-- I can still email you for your address cause, baby, I am totally making you a page. Totally. (It just might be 3-6 weeks from reaching you). ~bluepoppy

Re: make me happy

Take your time, honeypie :) I'll keep it up until the bitter end.

Autumn is my favorite time of year as well. Cooler temps, crisp apples, colored leaves, flannel sheets... sigh

(Anonymous)

Oh what a beautiful entry, you wordsmith you. It went down like melt in your mouth ambrosia.
Thanks so much~~
Oh, and which direction do you want you 8.5x11 page oriented? 11 vertical? margin for hole punch [or?] ?? I wanna get it right!

And do we get to see the ones you've received? {hint: you found your camera}

11 vertical, no holes...and I don't want to share the ones I've received for fear of scaring people off. I've already received a few comments to that effect, so I think I'll wait with the exhibition, at least for now :)

That last was me. I thought I was logged in forever.. hhmm

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