Thursday, October 29, 2015

I suppose I have to face the fact that it’s time to say good-bye to the gorgeous and bright colored trees that have made our daily walks and drives such a pleasure. You may have noticed, I have a thing about trees. This black walnut in the back yard has already dropped its feathery gold leaves.

But this morning we still had some stubborn specimens in the neighborhood.

I'm not sure they'll survive the weather we're promised today: high winds and driving rain and all that dramatic stuff. 

They’ve lasted a long time this fall, and the neighbor’s Burning Bush is still going strong, but the week that leads up to Halloween is also the week that strips the limbs of maples and oaks bare and (of course) it’s nicely spooky.   Never mind, the crunch of the leaves underfoot has always been part of the fun of this last week of October.  

As the days grow shorter and colder, I spend quite a bit of time telling myself that It’s Not Too Bad, with “it” being the approach of winter.  I have the snow tires on the car, and the hats, scarves, gloves and variety of coats and jackets required to survive in Ontario with its wide range of winter temperatures.  The furnace has been checked, the snow clearing is arranged and the garden furniture has been put away. But really, couldn’t it all just wait a couple of weeks?   Is that too much to ask before our trees look like this:   

And our river walk looks like this:

Perhaps I should show some spine and concentrate on all the good stuff: the smell of fresh bread and hot hearty soups (yes, with bacon!)   

Not to mention snuggly sweaters.   The doggies love their sweaters. It's Old Man Winter they hate.

I like my cozy sliipers. 

Don't let me forget hot cocoa! Or reading mysteries by a toasty fire.  It's not all bad, now that I think of it. 

What about you?  Do you welcome the change of seasons and the arrival of cooler weather and even, ahem, winter?  What gets you through the rough patches?  Perhaps you have a great climate all year. Whatever it is, let's hear about it!