The past two days have been cold and rainy and made me long for spring! I do realize that we must have fall and winter before spring visits us again - but it doesn't stop me from wishing! Tonight I made a huge pot of chicken & dumplings to warm us from the cold, damp weather that seemed to have soaked into our bones. We are wimps! We don't deny it!
Even I must admit that fall and winter both offer their own beauty. During our commute we are in awe of the beautiful hues painted across our landscape; rolling hills of yellows, oranges, reds and greens balanced between the blue of the bright fall sky and the cold, darkness of the nearby lake. It seems like a completely different place than it does in spring with the purple Redbud, white Dogwood and greens of newly emerging leaves of hundreds of types of trees.
Soon the landscape will consist of only the skeletal remains of the once vibrant trees as they rest for their show next spring. Only the evergreens will stand full, unphased by the seasons - often under-appreciated because of their constant reliability. I do realize though that if not for the seasons we might never appreciate the bark of the White Paper Birch, Shagbark Hickory, the fruit of the Sweetgum trees, or the flame of the Burning Bush - to name a few. So I'll try to sing the praises of this season and the next as I look forward to the warmth of spring!
Think warm thoughts... and I'll see you in the garden - we've got leaves to rake!