It dropped into the lower fifties last night. The forecast for tomorrow and Friday is a drop into the mid-forties. Even now, mid-afternoon, it is only up to seventy. The humidity is down, too, having dropped into the mid-thirty percent range. More and more pine trees are shedding inner needles, that are now covering the ground. The sycamore has lost most of its leave now, and the elms and maples are rapidly turning reddish brown, and will soon fall too. The wind, which just last week, had been so very calm, is beginning to pick up. And that means nice sailing weather in the afternoons.
These fall days and most of the spring days are my favorite. There’s lots going on, and lots of clean up to do from leaves dropping and plants that need to be trimmed. But is also a time that is less intense, some how. It’s like rushing to get to winter, and now being about to just relax as it approaches.
Yet, I can’t help occasionally thinking about the upcoming winter. Last year we had a very mild, wet winter. I don’t think we had too many freezes, and the garden fared quite well, producing nicely in the spring. But we’ve also had some winters that were stormy and cold. One winter we were shut in for five days while we waited for the ice to melt. Schools and work places all stayed closed that winter week, too.
But, winter isn’t here yet, so there’s no need to be concerned. We’re prepared for whatever comes, believing the Lord Y’shuaJesus will be with us through the mild and the stormy times that may come. Now is the time to enjoy the mild and peaceful days, and give thanks to our Lord.