Well friends, I am plum-tuckered, spent, zapped and officially feel as if I could sleep for the next two months; I’ve been traveling since September and I haven’t been home much these past several weeks. But I also have to say that I’ve never been more inspired, humbled and ready to tackle new projects than I am now . . . that is, after I sleep for the next two months . . .
The leaves outside my windows blow from branches and dance momentarily across the sky as the winds carry them away from the trees; firey reds and canary yellows fall to the ground where in less than 48 hours they lose their vibrant colors and become a brittle, muted brown. This afternoon I’ll climb on my mower and begin the process of mulching them into the last of the green grass before the rains come later tonight. It’s unseasonally warm today with highs in the upper 70s but a cold front is on its way and by this coming weekend, the high will be somewhere near 50.
Outside, my gardens need tended, bulbs dug, plants relocated to new areas of the yard; our pool needs covered as does the new pond in the front yard. Inside, the floors need swept, warm-weather clothing packed away, cold-weather clothing laundered and placed in drawers, thick wool coats hung on pegs in the laundry room and the inch-thick dust covering our furniture needs removed as do the dust-bunnies lurking in every corner – did I mention I’ve been gone?
Yesterday, as we drove home from Indianapolis, I saw a farmer riding a large, green and yellow John Deer tractor; he was backlit with a setting sun casting early evening light on a large plume of dust as wide, metal teeth turned the soil. I caught that scene out of the corner of my eye as we whizzed by and wished I’d had the camera with me – it was one of those scenes where a single shot would tell an entire story. Around these parts, this is the quintessential story of fall; someday, I hope to capture that scene.
Wherever you are, I hope you have an opportunity to pause for a moment and catch those stories around you.
Makes approximately 2 smoothies
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, preferably organic
- 1 banana, previously peeled and frozen
- 1/2 cup kefir (we use Green Valley Organics Lactose Free)
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth; add several ice cubes and a little bit of water if a thinner consistency is desired
- Serve immediately