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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Season Change

The calendar may not say that it is fall yet but other indicators are pretty clear. The thermometer is just one. Our ground squirrels and chipmunks are so fat that their bellies almost drag the ground as they scamper around. The deer and elk are sleek and have added weight. We do not hear the song birds like we did over the summer and the hummingbirds have diminished in numbers drastically.

The cooler temperatures is good for working outside and it only gets up to the high 60's or low 70's during the day. This is good sleeping weather with the windows cracked open just enough to get the evening breeze. It reminds me of times past when I would visit my mother and sleep with the window open. The morning breeze would gently flutter the cotton curtains and the coolness was invigorating in the morning. It seemed to help me sleep well at night on crisp cotton sheets. That first cup of coffee in the morning always tasted better when the weather was cool but not cold.

I had a face book friend from near Boulder share a photo yesterday of some aspen leaves that were changing color already. That means that we here in the southern Sangre de Cristo's are only about 3 weeks away at most. When they have peak color change we are usually right behind them. They are just beginning to have a little change up there. I'm not sure I'm ready for fall yet but it is without doubt the season I love the most. The air is crisp, everything seems to be making last minute preparations for our long winter and it is invigorating. Beyond the pep in your step the smell on the air of hot pine needles is intoxicating. It is a chance to enjoy the outside because you know soon everything will be covered with four feet of snow or more.

Do we have enough firewood? Check. Snow shovels ready and accessible? Check. Winter clothes ready? Check. Snow thrower ready and serviced? Check. Tractor serviced and ready to go..Oops...must do that in the next couple weeks. Exterior of house and garage ready? Check. Supplies on hand? Scheduled next week. I think that is all except for some incidentals to be ready for the snow which surely will follow the fall season. When you live in the mountains you live by seasons and not days. Fall is the last season before winter which just melted off in May and will soon start again.

While we will miss spring and summer this is the time for last minute preparations and also a time to just relax and enjoy the day and season knowing full well that a long winter is ahead of us. I'm only sorry that this blog doesn't have a scratch and sniff component so that readers could enjoy the smell on the air and coolness also.


Rita Bohn said...

found your story on a posting from Mother Earth News. We are almost neighbors - just another range over and only 8,000ft. Was happy to read about other retirees who are still homesteading. We pretty much keep the garden, chickens, plowing and shoveling. We just do it a bit slower! And we don't get as much done as we use to.
Wouldn't want it any other way.
Thanks for the encouragement.

Shirley Harlow said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog spot! My hubby and I are seniors too and live on a small ranch in a semi-arid part of Texas. Just love country living and the abundance of wildlife.

Bruce said...

Thanks Rita: I am glad you found the blog encouraging and thank you for writing to let me know. I think we seniors need to encourage each other. When the old body doesn't work like it once did when we were 30-40 years old it is easy to think about doing something else. I don't think that way often but it flits through my mind on occasion. This lifestyle is a wonderful lifestyle even though it takes longer to do tasks than it may have in the past. Come back and contribute your thoughts any time - positive encouragement comments are always welcome...

Bruce said...

Thanks for your comment Shirley: Colorado is a semi-arid state too and it is good to hear from others that are doing the same as we are. From Maine to Texas other seniors are living the life and enjoying it fully. Thank you for visiting our blog and feel free to visit and comment anytime. We have generated quite a following over the years we have done this and us seniors have much to share with the younger generation. This is a good place to do so as we have readers from almost every country and state who may benefit from what they read here. I'm not so presumptuous to assume I have the answers but with the collective years we seniors have I'm sure the answers are out there and the wisdom and encouragement to share. Thanks again for your comment..