I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Touching the Autumn Air

"As each day comes to us refreshed

and anew,

so does my gratitude renew itself daily.

The breaking of the sun over the horizon

is my grateful heart

dawning upon a blessed world."  ~Terri Guillemets

This morning we felt the changes that come this time of the year. A window closed, a  door shut against the coolness of the early break of day. A sweater not worn since April grabbed before going outside with the dogs.
I went to water the garden. A pastime of everyday importance in our dry, hot summers here in the California Foothills. I found all the plants and containers still damp from yesterday morning's watering. Nothing needed watering. I grabbed the camera and took some photos here and there. 
When I sat down on the chaise lounge I could feel the  dampness of the night on the quilt that covered the pad. I decided that it wasn't enough to cause any permanent sogginess to my clothing. 
I laid there, feeling the coolness against my body, and thought about the changes that were coming. 
I wait for these changes with each hot breath of summer and with the smell of smokey earth that doesn't let us forget the fire that almost made this journey of ours wither into a summer memory. I love the coming of Fall and the cold heart of Winter. I have always had glacial drift within my California dreamin' soul.
Then Carl jumped up on the chaise with me. Cutter wanted to come up too. He watched Carl waiting for some wordless dog sanction... permission to jump up. He always defers to Carl unless food is involved.

 Then, as if given permission, Cutter hopped up to rest by my feet.
 He was still watching Carl but he finally put his head down and relaxed.

This was the way the morning started. 
The three of us...
sitting there together feeling Fall coming...
Feeling gratitude for this life.
It was a good way  to begin the day.


  1. Corgis make any morning better. =)

    We are feeling wisps of fall here in Oklahoma. I think it is more welcome than the college football that accompanies it.

  2. nice...our mornings are def cooler...and yesterday was a cool damp day...fall is coming...sounds like a peaceful start to the day really...and nice captures...

  3. I feel it too this morning, but no buddies to cuddle next to me...going out for hot chocolate soon, a treat well over due...

  4. "I have always had glacial drift within my California dreamin' soul." I Love that line, and what a great way to start the day. The quote is Perfect. I think I'm going to write it down so I can remember it and use it as a way to begin... Thank you for this lovely post, full of grace.

  5. Yes I can also feel fall in the air here. The mornings are cool and I love going out on my swing and reading some before it gets warm enough to chase me inside. Love your poems and photos. Great post as usual. Have a blessed Sunday. Madeline

  6. My favorite season when mother nature provides us with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and paints the trees all hues of gold:)

  7. Gratitude. What a great way to begin a new day!

  8. What a beautiful post! I welcome fall as well. Like an old friend, gone for many months but not forgotten.

  9. Fall is my favorite time of year. Reading your post added to my fall enjoyment! :)

  10. Your little Cutter and Carl are so sweet. What wonderful buddies to help you usher in the change of seasons-

  11. Lovely post. I start each day with my Corgi, too. Love fall!
    xo, Cheryl

  12. I LOVE Fall and can't wait for the signs that it's on its way. There are so few hardwoods on this conifer tree farm that I've almost threatened my husband if he takes them down! I KNOW they're not the "cash crop" but oh they provide me with such joy with their colors in the Fall. I love the Corgis! I've never had one but I think I'd like to...

  13. Dang happy tears. It's the lovely heartfelt way you write...sharing love and the beauty of nature. It just touches something so deep down inside and makes my soul smile.

    Truly a gift...


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