Autumn is my favorite time of the year, even though I’m often restless and sad in the fall. It’s an ending in so many ways, and yet there is that feeling of joyful beginning that comes with Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.
The saddest thing is leaving our lake friends. It’s odd, but in the summer, the lake often feels like our real life, and when we come home, it seems as if we are just marking time until we can go back there. I’m not sure if that’s simply because we love the lake so much or because we have transitioned into the rest of our lives and lake life is it. Not that it matters. What matters is that I know I’ll miss my lake buddies over the winter and by April, we’ll be ready to be back at the lake.
On the upside–and if you know me at all, you know I always try to find the upside–we won’t be driving so much, we can enjoy our little house here and settle back into a routine for winter. I’ll probably have more time for writing and get to see my friends here in the city more regularly. There will be frequent work days with Liz at our halfway point, and book events over the winter. The holidays will bring good times with family, fires in the fireplace, all our favorite holiday movies and music, and fun times with our new friends here in the ‘hood.
I should stop pouting and be grateful for the many blessings bestowed on me. So…I will. E-mail, texts, and phone calls will keep me and the lake pals bonded through the cold winter months, and I’m certain we’ll connect up there a couple of times when we go up to check on our cottage during “closed” season, or they will come down to visit us.
All in all, life is good…
Gratitude for this week: Lovely Thanksgiving with sis and the family; got to know our new friend Hans better that day; my editor’s Roshni Vineyards Pinot Noir was a huge hit on Thanksgiving (as we were certain it would be!); I’m about 6k words from finishing Joey and Kara’s story; and a warm family time at Son’s on Friday.
Stay well, stay safe (masks and vaccines), be kind, and most of all, mes amis, stay grateful!