“October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.”

Today is one of those neither one nor the other days. It was damp and cloudy when I left for breakfast and now the sun is making an appearance. The weather for today was described as maybe: maybe it will rain and maybe it won’t.

The roads were empty when I drove to breakfast. People seem to change with the weather. In summer we’re all so eager to enjoy every minute of the day we leap out of bed early so as not to miss a single ray. As the mornings grow colder, staying nestled under warm covers is too inviting and leaping out of bed seems foolhardy. The light dies early this time of year and the mornings come later. Darkness seems to bring a sort of lethargy.

The river was quiet when I drove across the bridge. The tide is too high for quahoggers, and the cloudy day has kept the boats at their moorings. Soon enough those boats will be hauled out of the water for winter. They’ll sit covered in tarps in boatyards and driveways. In time, snow will cover the tarps, and summer will be a warm memory stored away, like the boats, for the winter. But summer will have its turn again. The boats will be back in the water, and every morning we’ll leap out of bed and greet the beauty of a warm, sunny day.

On the way back from breakfast, I stopped to let people, mostly couples, cross the street from the parking lot to the church. They looked old, even by my standards, and all of them were dressed the way we used to be when we went to church. The men sported jackets and ties and pants with perfect creases. The women wore dresses and hats, small, unobtrusive hats. As I sat there, the church bells began to peal. They weren’t loud, but they were perfect, “Church bells chiming on a Sunday morn.” I smiled the most contented of all smiles.

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11 Comments on ““October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started with fog that changed to sunshine and warm summer weather. Now clouds cover the sky and it drzzles some, but it is still rather warm. Now it will turn towards colder weather once again.

    I normally loves to get out as early as possible all year long so I get some day light in my eyes even during the dark months, but I don´t mind to pull a blanket over me after that and have some tea and cookies 🙂

    It’s strange but I rarely hear the church bells here even if the church isn’t that far away. Well so few people goes to church now days so I think they are there only every third week or so.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The sky has turned blue so it appears no rain today. I’m glad as I need to empty the water out of my outside decorations to get them ready for storage and the sun will give them a chance to dry.

      I like a nap in the darkness of a winter’s afternoon, and I snuggle under the afghan!

      You enjoy your day too!

  2. splendid Says:

    yesterday we had drizzle and gray skies all day, the market was virtually empty especially for the first weekend of the month. i find myself living on cheese, mostly grilled or string, so i must constantly refill the larder.today dawned sunny and cool high of 60 today here in the oHIo valley. i was thinking the very same thing about church the other day, every older person dresses so nicely and younger people are bothered to drag themselves there in whatever they happen to have on. It does seem like the younger you are, the more difficult it is to get out of bed, as i age i find sleep is truly a gift for the young, the leaves are beginning to change here and i have been out with my camera watching the clouds especially. so happy to have you home and reading you in the morning sets such a nice tone for my whole day~ thank you kat!

    • katry Says:

      I am a lover of most cheeses, except blue and gorgonzola. I can also live on cheese. In Africa, there was none, and I really missed it. I wondered why, with all the goats, no one gave goat cheese a try. If I lived there now, that’s what I’d do.

      No leaves have changed here yet-it hasn’t been cold enough. The world of Cape Cod turns red in the fall with all the oak trees. Seldom do you see any other colors.

      Thank you for the lovely words!

  3. katry Says:

    There is no goat milk in Ghana. I have no idea what they do with it. There is no cow milk either. I had my coffee with (YUCK!) canned evaporated milk. The goat is a meat source; I had it three times while I was there. I figure you can start anything and northern Ghana coukd use more industry.

    I too am glad you are not under a wool blanket enjoying the cold!

  4. Hedley Says:

    And YOUR Detroit Lions handed jerry jones and the cowgirls their biggest ever collapse as the Train rolled on to 4-0 and on to Monday Night Football. It will be a State holiday here in Michigan…SUH !
    Meanwhile back in North London, Tottenham did the business against Arsenal with a solid 2-1 win. Working on the man crushes on SUH and Van Der Vaart were solidified today
    AND in the Bronx we have a no hitter through six with Justin pitching tomorrow night.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That would be football collapse. My Sox have that distinction in baseball.

      What a weekend for Detroit!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    I will have to say today was the first day I opened the windows and doors and let the ocean breeze roll through the house. We stayed at 69 degrees till a high of 75 around 2pm. A friend called from TN and said it was 55 and windy and how they loved this time of the year. It really makes me feel healthy just to inhale fresh air instead of A/C. And you can’t survive here in the tropics in summer without A/C. Your driving pass church instead of stopping to go in reminds me that I haven’t been to church in over 25 years which was when my Dad died. Before that I got married in one. Before that I suppose growing up I was forced to go and that is something I seriously question about the Catholic faith. There are many reasons for my leaving and that one is way down the list.

    • katry Says:

      I am a funeral, wedding sort now. I used to go all the time until an incident in my junior year in college.

      It is almost 10 o’clock and still 60°. Though the sun’x visit was short-lived, the day was reasonably warm.

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