I'm sitting at the computer this evening, scanning recipes. I'm looking for something special, as tomorrow Alma and Dad are coming for a visit. It's Alma's birthday week-end and I'm so glad they can be here for this special occasion. I'm not sure what the menu will be, but since the weather has been so cool (10 degrees below normal for this time of year), I'm looking at comfort food recipes. It's been a transition week for me. The sudden temperature change means more than just closing the windows tighter and finding a sweater. The Romikas and Berkinstocks have been replaced by shoes and socks. Brent's cleaned the woodstove and we have a blazing fire each day. Even the method of doing laundry is affected by the weather change. Whereas clothes were hung on the line to dry quickly in the warm sunshine, they are now placed on hangers and hung on hooks in the utility room or on a bar above the bathtub. The clothes dryer is put to more use with these temperatures, but that will change to some extent after I take my wooden drying rack from summer storage and put it to use in front of the woodstove again. Even things outside need to be thought about before the first frost. The lemon balm has been harvested and is set to dry for tea. The miniature roses need to be cut for drying. And the remnants of the late lavender blossoms are ready to cut to dry and tomorrow their foliage will be cut into silvery mounds for a long winter's rest. Transitions --- not always easy --- especially after the very pleasant days of summer --- but I've learned that there is more contentment to be had by embracing the seasons as they are given. And for that, I am grateful. As autumn transitions into winter, bringing shorter days, frosty nights, and a change of pace --- I will rejoice and be glad for God's gifts. May your transition be joyful as well.
Photo: Alma at Lavender Wind Farm, Whidbey Island, Washington