I was just wondering, uh… now I forget.
Leaves are falling, and all over the ground. We’ve already picked up a few bags of them. The first of many. And yes, we’ve already talked to our lawn guy about maybe handling the leaves in the front yard, assuring him we planned on taking care of the leaves in the backyard. I’m sure he was relieved. I’m kidding. He’s a professional, don’t try this at home. We are very relieved. Last year we had around 100 bags of leaves. 100. That’s a lot of raking. I’m not sad even just a little bit about having someone help us out with that task. We do, however, need to take care of what is becoming a wet mess in the backyard. It’s supposed to dry up the next day or two and then there will be some raking in our future. I’m psychic like that.
It is beautiful out there though, if you ignore the rain and just look at the changing colors. Really getting gorgeous now. Maybe this weekend we can get out there and take some photos. Go to Homer or some such place. Take the cameras. Take the dogs. Have a day trip. It might be a fun thing to do after we, on Friday, take our trailer in for the season. Yes, Lily is going to the barn. Not actually a barn, this is a figurative barn with heat and loads of other trailers parked in it. She’ll be nice and tucked away for the winter. We’ll be sad to see her go, but glad she’s being well looked after. We have a big fondness for our travel trailer. It could border on unnatural.
My honey is making a meatloaf. Right now she’s mixing it up. We’re taking it to the kid’s house tonight. Meatloaf, sweet potatoes, peas. Yum. I’m hungry right now, I didn’t each lunch, so almost anything would sound good. My honey’s meatloaf though, it’s tasty.
The dogs are happy. We just got a new box of Greenies. They are fans of the Greenie. We spoil them, that’s a good thing. They totally deserve to be spoiled.
I can’t believe we leave for Florida next week. Crazy. Seems like we were planning this so long ago and now it’s here. Family reunion time. K’s family. It will be great to see everyone. We’re going to Orlando. Dog/house sitter arranged, car rentals arranged, rooms arranged. We’ll be packing shorts, probably our last chance to wear them this year. We’ve been wearing jeans for a week now at home, too cold and wet now for shorts in Illinois.
It’s Thursday now….
We just got back from a regular six month appointment with my oncologist. I used to see him every three months (for two years now, since getting into the whole post treatment phase) with accompanying blood work, then every six months though I still had blood draws every three months. Today he told me that he’s going to work it so that I see him once a year, and I’ll see my regular doc for a physical once a year. He wants to coordinate so that I’m seeing one of them every six months, with blood work. Meaning I’m now only going to get blood work every six months. I will see him again in March, then a physical with my regular doc in September, and then him again in March, and on and on. This is big news for me. Great news for me. He said my blood work was fantastic. He said I was doing really well. I feel high right now. Leukemia, and the threat of it, has been a part of my life since June 1, 2010, the day I went into the hospital for the first time. I’m much better now about leading a normal life and trying not to worry about it, but it’s still there sometimes, the fear, lurking. Every time I get another step or two away from it I feel freer somehow. Less encumbered by thoughts of it. More like my self, the self before it every happened to me. It’s a good day.
Our life is amazing. Simple, lovely, wonderful, and joyously alive. Every bit of it. Every small tiny bit.
The leaves are coming down now. We had our first city leaf pick up this week. There will be four spread over three months. First round… 18 bags. The sad thing is the bags were filled and put out and then we looked up at the trees and… what? Doesn’t even look like a single leaf had fallen off of them. Sigh.
I sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I love fall. It’s my favorite time of the year. Sure, summer is nice and all… in Oregon much more than Illinois, I’m adjusting to the humidity (not really). Fall is just… sweet. The air starts to cool, the leaves start to turn, I change from shorts and t-shirts back into jeans and sweatshirts and closed toed shoes. Coffee tastes better when it’s raining or snowing outside. The smells are better in the fall as well… fireplaces and crisper air. I start eating soup again. The outdoor furniture gets put up and the hose covers go on and the yard gets buttoned up. It’s sort of a cleansing feeling.
You could say I’m falling for fall, like I do each year.
Right now it’s raining out. Cold. We just came back from getting new sole inserts for our Keens. The Keens are like eight years old or something. Maybe only seven. Whichever it is, we’ve had them a long time. But they’re good shoes, they just needed a little updating. It’s a good thing we did because, freeze warning. With all this rain and falling temps, maybe there’ll be snow. The forecast said there was a chance. Here we are, October, and it could snow. Oh Illinois.
I feel like I should have a hot toddy or a hot apple cider or something. Maybe I’ll just settle for another cup of coffee. It’s fall, and it’s cold, I can justify that extra cup. Just another reason to love this time of year.