It’s interesting to ponder the little changes that take place with each season. We are just as prone as our animal counterparts to change our diets and habits with the first cool breezes of fall and begin to anticipate the harsh necessities of our winter survival. Our diet is already changing: we had bean soup and cornbread for dinner Saturday. I guess we feel the urge to “fatten up and hibernate”. Lol My pantry is stocked with extra pasta and peanut butter and coffee; more things to be added soon. I’ve already ordered more propane and checked our blankets and unpacked some sweaters and sweatshirts. Next I’ll buy the batteries needed for our lanterns…you know the drill.
The birds are also anticipating the changes ahead and are stopping by the pond. I’m not sure which ones are checking out winter food sources and which are already migrating. Yesterday I set up the spotting scope and watched an Osprey eat his lunch. Then the Blue Heron came for a visit, followed by a Belted Kingfisher. Soon the ducks and geese will arrive.
I’m getting the garden ready for winter. This week while I’m on break I’ll plant wildflowers and move a few more perennials and clean up some weedy areas that I’ve neglected. I’ve already cut down some dried sunflowers and placed them in the feeding area for the critters. I suppose I need to plant a few tulips. Then I will sit in my house and read and write and wait patiently for spring.
And of course this month is the beginning of the marathon called “the holidays”. Time to get out there and shop, shop, shop.
Changes…I guess I’m ready.