Happy Halloween

(161:  What’s for dinner?)

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  ~ Jules Verne

Have a seat

(160:  Artwork on Navy Pier.  Chicago, Illinois.)

I signed up for NaBloPoMo for November.  The original, official NaBloPoMo.  This is my third year and it’s almost always fun.  If you blog and you haven’t signed up yet, go on over and do so.  Join us in the madness of posting every day.

Making a splash

(159:  Making a splash.)

And for those who like close-ups:

Row of boats

(158:  Dinghies in a row.)

Seeing the city through the trees

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(157:  Chicago skyline from Grant Park.)

A hole in the leaf

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(156:  Sunlight through a hole in the leaf.)

It’s been a garden day.  I’ve been out weeding the asparagus bed, getting it ready to be mulched.  As usual it’s a much bigger project than I anticipated.  Someday I’ll learn that the weeds are always going to be way ahead of me, especially when I ignore that patch of ground I call a garden for a couple of months.

Life seems to be getting back to something resembling normal.  Sadness (grief) comes and goes.  It’s the little things right now that sometimes bring the tears.  Putting on the bracelet my mother gave me for my 50th birthday for the first time since her funeral.  Cooking something that I know she liked (or that she taught me how to make).  Sometimes, though, thoughts of Mom bring a smile first, before I remember all over again that she died.

Today was my first day back in the garden since Mom’s death.  I’d forgotten how calming it is to be out there, pulling weeds, listening to the birds, and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.  I’ll be back out there tomorrow, trying to finish the weeding before the next batch of rain comes in on Wednesday.


(This morning’s view of the pond.)

Yesterday and today


(155:  Late October storms moving in.)

Yesterday was the kind of day that makes the fall colors POP.  The bright oranges, yellows, and reds really stand out against the dark grays of the sky.

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(Today’s view of the pond.)

Today, as you can see, the clouds are moving out and we’re having bright and beautiful weather, perfect for hiking or (as M is doing in the above photo) working outdoors around the property.  I will probably go out later to saw, chop, and haul wood.  I need to get a few loads of laundry done first.

It will soon be time to bring the boats in for the winter.  Sometime this week I’m going to winterize the garden.  The plan is to start working on it tomorrow since the weather is expected to be nice for the next few days.  It’s too wet, after yesterday’s rain, to work out there today.  I wouldn’t want to disturb the asparagus.  Come springtime I will be harvesting it for the first time (provided I don’t do anything to kill it off before the spears start shooting up out of the ground next year).

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