A Season of Extremes

Locksley Road, Glen Mills, Thornbury Township

I’m firmly planted in the comfort of my own home waiting for Sandy to pass. Ice is in the cooler, wood by the fireplace and a hot cup of coffee by my side.  We are waiting.  I have time to think.  I am contemplating the extremes we have experienced this year: extremely low interest rates, extremely low home prices, extreme politics and now… EXTREME WEATHER. I’m wondering: is this God’s way of hitting the reset button?

I’m feeling grateful that my husband is not travelling this week; he is safe with our family.  I am grateful that I had the good fortune to bask in the beauty of my favorite places in the past few weeks; the colors of fall filling my heart with joy. Tomorrow they may all be gone and our environment completely changed. I am grateful for all of the wonderful events experienced and memories created this fall with family and friends–pumpkin carving, hay rides, bonfires and hikes in the woods, and luckily, an early trick-or-treat event at school.  In addition to everything else, we are stocked up on candy!

My inbox provided me with the perfect quote this morning:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

— Rachel Carson

I had to save these photos somewhere other than my laptop–just in case. Enjoy them and stay safe in the storm!

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