There are so many things that I love about autumn, I barely know where to start. Although October and November are when autumn is in full swing, where I live, the beginnings are almost more fun. The first trees whose leaves change colors are especially beautiful to me. I spied the splash of color above in the woods near where I live and it was such a treat. Surrounded by a sea of green, as well as the brown which was a reminder of the summer's drought, the vibrant colors held the promise of what is to come. It was as if those leaves were saying, yes, autumn is on the way.
It has been an unusually hot and dry summer and I was thrilled when we had a nice soaking rain on Friday. Then the temperatures dropped and it has been chilly at night and in the morning. Perfect weather for me. I am so happy to be retiring my shorts and to be digging through my closets for long pants and long sleeved shirts.
There is a little bit of everything. While a few trees are changing colors ahead of schedule, others are hanging on to a few of their summer blossoms. Even the sky has it all. I took the cloudy sky picture and the blue sky picture at the same time. The only difference was which direction I pointed my camera in.The rain was in time to save a few of the fall flowering plants. It also was a hard enough downpour for me to collect a lot of rain water to use when watering my newly planted boxes; which incidentally are burgeoning with spinach, lettuce, and radish seedlings. I went to my dermatologist today and I was relieved that he was amenable to doing a biopsy on a little spot that's near my scar from where my melanoma primary was. I'm not overly nervous but it's hard for me to follow that spot, freckle, whatever you want to call it. The location made me feel like I needed to keep an eye on it. The dermatologists agreed with me that it might as well come off and that the location was the issue although he also agreed that it was unlikely to be anything of concern. It's gone now and the pathology will be back before my regular oncology follow up next week which is also good. The dermatologist said that I should get them to take the stitches out when I go to the oncologist next week and save myself a trip back to his office. I love it when things are easy.