I went for a walk this morning. Just enough cold to be refreshing. The sun is shining to make every thing sparkle with early morning dew. The sky is blue and not a cloud in sight. There are so many doves out in the yard that when I walk and they fly, it is as if a small explosion happens.
I think what I love about November is the surprises that greet me. I had no idea this tree had turned all orangy-red. As I was looking around to make sure no skunks were around, you know how it is with skunks, you smell them before you see them. I saw this at the back of the pasture and I was so surprised how fast that tree had changed. I was just out there and now it is all dressed in fall finery.
The leaves on the tree remind me that this is the first of November and we already have color on the trees. It has been a long time that we have had a normal fall with cooler temps. I am thankful for normal. Even if it is just for this morning as I walked. As Erma Bombeck quipped once, " Normal is just the setting on the dryer."
I think sometimes as I long for normal, it really is a state like " Tomorrow" and the famous " other kids moms" It isn't real, it exists only in my mind when I would rather being doing routine.
I think that is why we are reminded that we only have today. To be thankful for right now in the moment. To be all there where ever I am for right now. To take the small things that I am given and celebrate them because of the quiet joy that opens my heart and my eyes to the beauty all around me. To be thankful for the blessings that I might miss if I am longing to be something I am not or to be in a place other than where I am right now.
Which of course means today, stacking wood. Moving it to the porch so it will be near the back door. It is lovely wood. I also really enjoy stacking firewood. It always makes me so happy and I feel so rich when we have lots of firewood. I imagine it is equivalent to a squirrel having lots of acorns.