And, Just Like That, Summer Fell Into Fall…

 The weight of the last couple of weeks of Summer was heavy with the fires, air quality and the unknowns from one day from the next. It would have been so easy to take our eyes away from the the sustainer of our lives. Panic could have been amiss and fear and worry rampant.

What do you do when something like this happens? You stay calm and prepare what is needed depending on the situation. You check on those near and dear. You reach out and offer LOVE to those you can.

Through this all, I am thankful that I know God and that He holds all unknowns in His hands even when we can’t make sense of it. He gives strength for today and hope for tomorrow and works it out for the good of the Kingdom.

We breathe easier this week. The air quality has tremendously improved from hazardous to good! Many I have talked to said they will never take another blue sky for granted or the ability to breathe fresh air without the need of a filter.

It was a hot few days inside our apartment since we couldn’t let the outside cooler smoke filled air in. We put together and makeshift box fan and filter to keep the air cleaner and it helped. Due to all of this going on we did opt to wait till the first week of October to start our back to school. We have schooled all Summer so a few extra days don’t hurt anything.

I visited the garden for the first time in about two weeks over the weekend. It wasn’t fully destroyed ( we lost the zucchini but it was about finished) by the wind or the heavy rains we received. No thief has taken from it ( sadly an issue that’s on the rise in the gardens).

The seeds we planted a few weeks ago have emerged out of the ground. We are hoping to eat and share plenty of the greens we are growing before Winter. We put beets, spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, bunching onions and a few herbs. The brussel sprouts and corn are almost ready to harvest!

I’ve been collecting seeds from the Marigolds, Nasturtiums, and the Cosmos plants and letting them fully dry out on baking sheets I’ve left on the coffee table. The Sunflowers are almost there.

A fellow gardener surprised the kids with bright white pumpkins that they can carve or paint. Pumpkin season is my favorite! It’s like we blinked in March and now it’s almost October…. What a year!