I have spent the past few days doing the things I love to do best. I recently answered a questionnaire that asked what am I doing when I am immersed in something and lose all track of time. At the top of that list are holding our grandson and blogging. Today I did both. This morning I sat in our grandson's house with his mama and watched episode after episode of Fixer Upper on Netflix while watching our grandbaby smile and coo at me. It was a little piece of Heaven, I tell ya.
Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for our daughter to finish up cross-country practice, her younger siblings and I did a quick walk-through of a terrific farmers' market. I could have spent at least an hour sampling, smelling, and taking in all the good things there. We bought three pumpkins for carving and a bottle of locally made hard cider aged in bourbon barrels. Can't wait to try that.
Much of my time lately has been spent driving all over the county visiting local businesses and procuring items for an upcoming gala and auction that I'm helping with. It means my days are more busy than usual, but today I had to stop and snap some pictures. This countryside is so beautiful in the fall, even on the cloudy days like we've had here lately.
Due to my busy schedule and the amount of rainy days we've been having, my exercise routine has been greatly interrupted. When I do get to hike though, I love to go in the evening, just as the sun is beginning to set. This time of the day always feels magical to me, especially now when the air is turning crisp and a bit cool as the sun goes down.
My third favorite thing in the whole world to do is read, and it has been that way for as long as I can remember. Actually, before our grandson was born, reading a good book was number one on my list of all time favorites. A luxurious day for me is to be able to spend an entire morning in my comfy chair with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee, a blanket over my lap, and a book in my hand. I don't read much fiction anymore, but this memoir read much like a novel. Not sure why I couldn't put it down except that I have a voracious appetite for ingesting anything related to social class in America. This book caught my attention, and once I got past the rather shocking language used, I was enthralled and felt like I just had to finish it. One of these days I'll get around to writing a post on growing up blue collar and rising to the middle/upper-middle class.
Finally, I have been getting little snippets of time up close with our farm animals. The chickens have already stopped laying eggs now that the hours of sunlight have dropped. Although some of our goat kids have been sold, we still have four adorable little guys and gals around. Watching goat babies run and frolic is one of the best stress-relievers and mood-lifters I know. If only I had them around to look at when I'm stuck in aggravating traffic each day.
I hope you're getting some time to engage in an activity where you lose all track of time, and life isn't just busy, busy, busy.
Also, our thoughts are with all those in the path or aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. We still have friends and family along the southeastern coast and pray for their safety.