Mother Nature didn't get caught sleeping this first day of fall. The sky is that particular color of blue we only see in the fall and there are fluffy white clouds floating around. If the drought hasn't ruined it we'll have a kaleidoscope of color soon. Then comes the gray, cold, wet (hopefully) winter. Time does march on doesn't it?
I have many want-to-do projects on my plate. I'd like to complete at least some of them while the weather is cool. The 100+ degree weather we've had this summer robs me of all ambition to do more than find a cool spot. Thank heavens for air conditioning. I'm originally a mountain girl and I've never acclimated to the hot humid summers here.
Last evening there were some documentaries on Alabama Public Television about Appalachia. It really made me homesick. My hometown isn't in Appalachia but I lived there for several years where I taught school and strived to become part of the community. Living in Carter's Valley was a comfortable and happy time for me. I made many friends who I will never forget. A lady who was born and raised in the mountains taught me to make chicken 'n dumplings but she forgot to tell me that, in her recipe, the first step is catch the chicken. That and what followed was a real education. I lived through it but vowed my version of the recipe would begin with "go to the local grocery and buy a ready-to-cook chicken." I had lots of adventures there and cherish each and every one. I'd love to go back for a long visit but my home is here now. I closed that chapter of my life years ago.
Let's go outside, take a deep breath, and be glad for all our adventures then take a minute to plan another.