Saturday, September 19, 2009


We were pretty industrious today. In fact, I think of this time of year as particularly industrious, what with the harvest--or in our case, the purchasing of other peoples' harvests--the provisioning and preserving of food, the cleaning out so that we can at least start ahead of the enclosing of everything when we hole up for the winter.

After we got back from the farmer's market, and we took Bruiser for a walk, and the historian went for a bike ride and I contemplated my options, we got to work. The historian worked away in the backyard, trimming and cutting back, while I pulled out some of the baskets and boxes that have been collecting rejection letters, magazines, old greetings from friends, bank statements for the children who are away, old agendas and notebooks. I threw away a huge amount of stuff, enough to make a dent in the rest of my accumulation, enough to make me realize that, if I had in mind to control the accumulation, I would need to spend regular time doing the same for, well, the rest of my life. I think some people call that "housekeeping." Am I signing up for it? Well, provisionally. Check back with me in awhile.

Bruiser was very watchful during all these activities. What with dogs living to the west and the east, he has a lot of policing to do. Not to mention the dangerous little old ladies, school children, and UPS trucks there are to announce. Doing his job, and very effectively, I might add.

After our labors, which are not finished and which will never be finished, we went to a family gathering at a park. My cousin and her husband recently adopted a boy from Ethiopia. She met him there when she was part of a humanitarian mission (she's a nurse). The gathering was so we could meet him. The weather and the light could not have been more beautiful. The kids played some soccer and some basketball, we all chatted and visited, and Will crawled around after a ball. These days, September and October in Utah, are some of the best days ever. It's like cherishing the last peaches or cherries or celebrating when the asian pear guy is at the market. It's brief, it's wonderful, it's going going gone.

(picture of Will taken by college daughter--thanks!)


  1. Lovely. Autumn is wonderful, isn't it?

  2. As I read your words today, I felt whole and safe and good. And the photos were exactly right with your words.


  3. What an amazing world when you can have pears and peaches in the same day. And to have a clean(ish) house.

  4. I have different guilt with each season and fall guilt involves my inability to can/preserve the wondrous bounty. Also my inability to hunker down. Also, my dislike of grading.
    You get the picture.
    But I'm glad you can be industrious, and I hope in the dark of winter you will share.
    I'm a bit like the grasshopper, no?

  5. Oh, I like these words and pictures. And if I have to get a dog I think I need a dog like Bruiser - we also have dangerous old ladies hereabouts who need announcing.

    Thanks for the roasted tomato idea in your recent comment - your evangelizing has won a convert (or least an investigator). Sounds mahvelous! I'm going to have to try it.

  6. i did take that beautiful picture huh??

  7. A completely satisfying read on every front. Thanks for the words and pictures.



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