Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This Seasonal Life

"Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen;
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time, not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes."
                     - Marge Piercy
The robins and waxwings have arrived to denude the Mountain Ash of berries.  The apples have been pressed and processed.  Jars of preserves have filled the shelves downstairs.  Bags of onions and garlic are put away.  It is remarkable to me how these simple facts are harbingers of winter coming, of change, of the seasonal nature of things.  Of life.
The spring flowers came and went with showy fanfare.  We dropped in at Le Hardy for our annual harlequin duck encounter.  We had our tie-dye gigs--SpringFest, Summer Fair, Harvest Fest, and so on.  There was the garden bursting with weeds, as well as produce, and us struggling to keep up with it's vigor.  Yellowstone and hiking adventures abounded.  We were able to revive the annual late summer megavaction, following a one year hiatus.  We both celebrated birthdays.
One thing after another--new and different each time--they follow each other on and on.
And now.  The first snow.  What a beautiful life.

10 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh - snow, I didn't expect that as I read your blog post.

    You have some fantastic phoyographs here, from the bird in the berries, the processed apple juice (fab colour) to the handsome 'beardsters' in those groovy t-shirts.

    Belated Birthday wishes to you both.

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    1. I had seen the snow in the forecast and I must confess to still being a little surprised. Ah, Autumn in Montana! :) Most of it is gone where we live now. Thanks for the kind words. Those shirt were fun--they were black and "tie-dyed" with bleach. Very festive for the season. And I'll give your compliments to the beardsters--I think they will enjoy that term! Good lookin' fellas in my family tree! Of course, I am highly beard-biased!

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  2. Wow! Snow already...reminds of ND...and the kids trick-or-treating in the snow...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Yup. You get it! South-central Montana isn't so harsh in the winters. Growing up on the MT-ND border most of my Halloween costumes were crafted to be warm--or fit over a snowsuit! Ha!

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  3. I so look forward to getting to vacation on the weekends in national parks when I get done with school and have a 9-5 job in the near future! In the meantime it is so fun to get to see the places you go to and the fun you have :)

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    1. I'm glad to help you enjoy the parks vicariously. We should do a cousins celebration campout when you're done with school!!

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  4. Heck I too did not expect to see snow! Love the black and orange dyed t shirts :-)

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    1. I think we have more snow on the radar--but it will be December tomorrow, so I suppose that makes sense now. And yes, didn't the black-and-orange turn out swell?! It was a black shirt "tie-dyed" with bleach.

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  5. Snow! I guess I haven't been here in a while. Wow.
    Otherwise, this is a nice post. :D

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