Autumn has come into its fullness in DC. The leaves are changing color, also starting to fall in heaps and piles. The leaves will continue to fall until New Year's Day, the last leaf collection date in the city. Can you believe it? Yeah! The Sweeping of the Leaves is a daily routine between October and January in this leafy, tree filled city. I love trees. Also I love sweeping leaves, so for me, it is well worth it.
Fall and spring are the big seasons in the midatlantic. Both go on and on. And on. And a bit longer still. Where I grew up, in the American midwest, summer and winter prevail with short but spectacular springs and falls. But here, spring is a gaudy parade that lasts for months. Fall is vivid, gorgeous, wrenching, and lengthy. This is one major reason why I live here. I love spring and fall!
Today was beautiful. I'm back to good health, hence I worked most of the day, but did pop out long enough to notice the sparkling air, the breathtaking blue of the sky. The light was incredible today, both gold and silver and pure as snow. Everything looks beautiful in that kind of light. I took several dozen pictures in a relatively short period of time.
Life is settling down in DC at last. The shutdown was a rift in time/space that was not only challenging as it was happening, but left a choppy energy in its wake. But I think we're back to what we call normal. What is normal? I've never been able to grasp the concept.
Whatever it is, I believe we have achieved it, just in time for the holiday season. Whew.
Life is good, and I am grateful. Shalom.