Good morning! It’s so very peacefully quiet in the house right now. It’s 6:30 in the morning… my husband has already left for the day and the kids are still sleeping… most of them in their own beds, one of them in ours.
Our nights are short… some shorter than others, depending on how many times Michael wakes up… but I enjoy getting up early and being able to spend some uninterrupted time with my husband. It’s only a for a few minutes while he drinks his coffee and I attempt to get the sleepies out of my eyes, but I savor those few minutes alone… just the two of us. Once he leaves, it’s just a matter of minutes before one of the kids wakes up, usually waking the others in the process. This morning though… it must be the rain that’s keeping them in their beds…
The weather here has been a bit crazy the past few days. One day it’s warm and sunny, and then the next we’re turning on the heat and hiding under warm blankets. When I look outside, signs of fall are all around… the trees are changing colors and the leaves are falling. The grass is now covered in an ever changing patchwork blanket of bright yellow, orange, red leaves. Fall is definitely here… in the air, in the plants… and both I and our friendly neighborhood squirrel know it.
Our squirrel and I seem to have an on again off again relationship. He’s a cute little critter and when he’s good, I don’t mind that he suns himself on our back deck or chooses to eat his pinecone on the railing (and leaving the mess for me to clean up… just like a child!). The problem is though, that he’s not always good. He’s pretty greedy and likes to just take and use things that don’t belong to him. For instance… my tulips. I planted them so that we have something nice to look at in the spring. Mr Squirrel sees them as tasty little treats that I buried just for him. My flower pots on the back deck have become his own little food storage spot as well.
This plant is usually inside, but I moved it onto the deck when I noticed that some mites had decided to start a community in its leaves. Mr Squirrel must have seen this move as a super special hiding spot… too bad he didn’t clean up his mess, because now his food is mine! (insert evil maniacal laugh!)
Much like our squirrel, I’m embracing fall and starting to prep for the upcoming winter. I’m taking advantage of some downtime from the shop to work on a few personal projects that need finishing, to clean and organize the house (again), and to work on some new items for the shop too.
What are you doing now that the days are getting shorter?