Friday, September 26, 2008

12 and 12

12 hours of daylight; 12 hours of darkness. That is what today's weather listing shows for here in MA. Should I think of this as a glass half-full, or half-empty?

The trees are starting to put on their colorful autumn cloaks; here and there showing bits of red, yellow, orange, and lime green. This summer has gone by so quickly. The garden is shutting down for a long rest, the tomatoes are all mostly red and stacking up on the counter. Summer flowers are giving way to autumn mums. The corn fields along the road have been harvested and are now stubble fields covered with migrating Canada geese gleaning leftover kernels of grain. Pumpkins abound, decorating porches and the first -- far too early!!! -- Halloween decorations are appearing. Soon, we'll have the first frost of this season. Time to get the firewood split and stacked, sacks of pellets readied for the pellet stoves, pull out the warmer clothes, pack away the summer sandals and shorts. Time for the ant to take over, and let the grasshopper languish.

Winter and the long, dark days will be here all too soon, but for today, it is 12/12.