We have been enjoying a bit of a heat wave around here, with humidity that has us sweating just sitting down. And while many have been complaining, we have not. We know these days will soon be a distant memory, so we will take them, enjoy them, and soak up the sunshine and heat while we can.
I have been waking early, in the dark, for my morning rituals. It took a while for me to adjust to the dark mornings, but they are now a welcome embrace as I rise each morning. Some mornings, just as the sun begins to rise, I take my mat out to the back deck. My yoga practice always centers and grounds me for the day ahead, but there is something about yoga outside that truly connects me, not only to myself, but to the world around me. One morning that stands out had my mat set up east to west, as I did my practice I watched the full moon set, and behind me the sun was rising over the horizon. It was an honour to be out there, to witness both the moon setting and the sun rising as I connected to a deeper part of myself. It inspired my day beyond words, and I have carried that morning with me for over a week now.
We have slowly, over the last week, been moving into our fall rhythm, welcome for the slight changes in our day that it brings. Our rhythms shift with the seasons, and I find that towards the end of each season we are ready for the shift, ready for a little something different in our normal day to day life.
The garden is doing well. Some things have been cleaned up, others are still producing. The tomatoes are rolling in day after day, to be enjoyed fresh, or roasted up and added to our freezer stash. I harvested the last of the summer beets, and canned them. The fall/winter ones will be ready soon, and those we will roast to enjoy with our fall/winter meals. The butternut squash has taken over the trellis, and has enough squash to keep us happy for a while. Carrots are rolling in here and there, but we tend to leave them in the ground as long as we can, they taste better after a frost, and we love them roasted up with beets. Strawberries and raspberries are trickling in. I love late season berries, such a special treat this time of the year. Our sunflowers have reached thirteen feet, and we are waiting patiently for them to bloom. In the next week or two I will begin harvesting the beans I have let dry on the vines, which will be stored away for soups and stews this winter. The fall/winter garden is doing very well, and currently needs me to spend some time thinning a few things. The garden is always a work in progress, there is always something to be done. It is joy filled work, and it always feels good to be out there with my hands in the dirt.
Our time in nature has been filled with exciting changes. Acorns have been found, the leaves are starting to change, and slowly things are beginning to die back. We have spent time on the trails as a family, and with friends. I also managed to squeeze in a few solo hikes, just me, my backpack, and my camera. A few hours on the trail, time to think, to breathe, to go at my own pace, to stop and notice. It was truly wonderful, and there are plans for weekly solo hikes throughout the fall and winter.
As the sun sets on each day, the nights cool down a little, and I find myself reading and knitting once Reece is tucked in. The Christmas knitting has begun, and my goal of reading more fiction this year is right on track. So far this year I have read forty four books, all fiction. I, of course, have also done some other reading...homeschooling, herbal medicine, gardening, and self help, but I had a goal of more fiction this year, and so have been keeping track of what I have read. After years of non fiction reading, it has been a welcome change, and I am so happy I set that goal at the beginning of this year.
Today is a big day, the first day of grade 1 for my little man. His little friend is joining us again this year, and I have a special day planned for them. A little rose ceremony to welcome them to first grade, a circle time that includes the gift of their school supplies for the year, a little pep talk about what an exciting time this is for them, and then our school day, complete with time in nature, read alouds, handwork, and form drawing. The family of the little one I homeschool will join us later in the day for a celebratory dinner, on the back deck, with food fresh from the garden. I am pretty sure it will be a great start to what will be a wonderful year of learning and growing.
There are still a few weeks of summer left, and as the earth slowly shifts from one season to the next, so will we, taking our time to say good bye to summer, while opening our arms to embrace autumn, and the absolute beauty it bestows upon us. Autumn is a glorious time, and I am looking forward to those first cool days when I can bring out my woolens and wrap my hands around a hot cup of tea. Good days to come, for sure.
My friends, life is good around here. Yes, there are ups and downs on this path we travel, but I have discovered that I can dwell on the downs or I can dwell on the ups. I choose the ups, and with that comes seeing the good in my life, even when life might be trying to bring me down a little. I think it's a pretty good way to live my time on this earth.
So, tell me, how are things in your world?