we woke up this morning to chilly toes and the smell of fall in the air. the apple tree out back is dropping its fruit, and the smell of decaying apples is filling the house with a sweet scent reminding me to make applesauce and pie.
we wait for the bus now every morning. today she said, "mama! i can see my breath, look!" we stood there in the early morning light, tea in hand and sweaters on, and felt both longing for what went all too quickly, and the cozy months ahead.
i bought a pellet stove yesterday to try to keep us warmer this winter. heating an old church is no easy task, and although it's well insulated, the 18 foot ceilings and 10 foot windows are not the most efficient for maine winters. the heating bill was as much as my mortgage monthly. so the pellet stove will help keep us all warm this winter and hopefully the indoor temperature above 55!
we went for what may be our last dip in the pond. i introduced her to the joy of skinny dipping and she was brave enough to go underwater without goggles for the first time. a neighborhood dog joined us and we played, giggled, splashed, and caught more minnows for an hour before heading back for dinner.
it's amazing to witness year after year how fast these seasons come and go. fall will be over in the blink of an eye and we will be getting out the snow shovels and winter boots.
but for now another cup of tea, a wool sweater and socks, and the smell of the apple tree outside is exactly where i am happy to be.
how about you?