It arrived with sunshine and warm breezes and won me over just
I thought that I'd be sad to see October go, but I wasn't. October was lovely, but so is November. I guess I've made my peace with autumn, or rather, with the loss of summer. Because that's what my reluctance for autumn is always about.
Recently Matthias and I went with my mom to Decorah, Iowa. While we were there we visited Seed Savers Exchange to buy our garlic for next year's garden (Matthias and I visited in June, too. I wrote about that trip here).
All I wanted to do was ramble around the (mostly dead) garden beds. I was captivated by their beauty, especially the spent sunflowers.
Which shouldn't really be surprising if you remember these paintings I did in September:
I wish I could have seen the sunflowers in full bloom, but I was so glad to see them like this. Finished, yet still so beautiful.
I was smitten with the hops growing up the side of the barn, too, even if it was crispy and brown.
I couldn't resist the (literal) call of the goats pastured nearby.
It was a wonderful trip and I came home inspired by autumn colors.
Since then we planted the garlic, harvested some of the last of the garden's produce and cleaned up the garden beds. It feels good.
This warm weather has been a gift.
Other beauties I've been grateful for lately:
- glorious sunrises and sunsets
- the changing angle of the sun that brings sunshine streaming into my studio
- lettuce, arugula, kale and swiss chard still producing in the garden
- parsley, carrots, a couple forgotten onions and a potato harvested and eaten
- fresh apple juice made with apples from the farm
- bald eagles spotted in abundance
- a game of dominos with my family
- flowers on my indoor plants: african violets, jasmine, jade, a bud on my camellia, flower stalks forming on my orchids.
And speaking of orchids, when I turned the page of my calendar this month I was happily surprised by November's orchid.
Somehow I'd forgotten I'd chosen it for this month. I had to check next year's calendar, too, because I couldn't remember that painting, either!
A sweet little oxalis. (My 2016 calendar is still available here and here).
There's so much to be grateful for. So many little joys. I'm glad I've been paying attention.
What about you? What November joys are you grateful for today?