Driving home from my son's birthday gathering,
I thought of how beautiful Indian Summer is, here in Western Washington.
We have mild weather until the end of October.
As we wind our way along the Cascade Mountain foothills
I enjoy every moment of this time of year.
Nature is preparing for the winter ahead and offering up her abundance.
The Salmon are returning along the rivers and creeks
as they have done since time began,
providing a comfortable winter for hibernating bears.
And a tasty delicacy for the rest of us.
Barns are full of freshly baled hay,
Berries are ripe,
Black Eyed Susan are blooming,
And the Dahlia's -
Oh, the Dahlia's!
Little puffs of happiness!
That little sign ........
No Dahlia's today!
No Dahlia's today!
Livestock love this time of year, too.
The fields are freshly cut, the temperatures are cooler and the pesky insects are gone.
Homemade Soup and Bread is something else I love as the weather gets cooler.
Sharing it is even better.
The Mr. is stacking firewood for the winter.
The scent of freshly cut wood fills the air every weekend.
Birds are flocking together.
I love their choreographed flights and noisy conversations.
Of course this mild weather makes it a perfect time to catch up on painting and staining jobs.
This week I am staining the deck.
My 'Grand-pup', Peanut says hello! She is visiting with her sister, Weenie Baby.
They are 'supervising'. Can you see that the deck needs some new stain?
I am done with this end and now everything is moved here so I can finish the other side.
I love using a paintbrush.
I love that I can daydream while I accomplish something!
Indian Summer always has dramatic skies.
Although we can't see the sun set, we can see the reflection on Mt. Rainier.
The air is so still at dusk.
Time becomes suspended.
And then, a small plane comes into view.
It circles around.....
And makes another pass.
Did the pilot see me taking photographs or just want to enjoy the view?
I like to think both, and that I was given a splendid photo op!
I am alone these last few days with my Rambling Man away on business.
But last night there were a million stars in the sky.
And an owl hooting in the big cedar tree right by the house.
And just down the hill, an elk bugled.
I love this time of year.