Downshifting Into Autumn

Mornings are crisp and the evergreens flanking our front porch steps have donned festive red berries.

Goldenrod shows off its honey-colored mane as it beckons with a come-hither sway in the late afternoon sun.

All signs that autumn—a time of harvest, a time of reflection—is on its way. Len and I have played hard (and I do mean hard) all summer. Now is the season we intentionally downshift and live gently—we reflect, and we recharge our personal batteries.

Autumn’s the mellow time.” – William Allingham, poet

What’s your autumn strategy?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan

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Preparing for Winter

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In the first picture of the slideshow you can see autumn showing off in the “spotlight” across the street, teasing us with falling temperatures. Not to be outdone, several other bold and brassy trees flaunted themselves at us as well.

In light of this wanton display, Len did a “batten down the hatches and prepare to take on water” routine around the garage and yard—changed the furnace filter, cleaned the air ducts, did leaf removal from yard and rain gutters, brought a load of fire wood into the house, had Jiminy Chimney clean our woodburning stove and pipe, lubed the garage door opener tracks against freezing, weather-stripped the back door, sealed the garage windows, put the ice scrapers in the car, took down the wind chimes, and yanked stuff from the garden and put it into the compost bin. By the look of him, you’d think that snow is on its way. And by golly, it is!

What was I doing during all of this, you ask? Why making a huge batch of chili and then freezing it to enjoy in the coming cold winter nights. 

How do you prepare for winter?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

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