Let’s hear it for fall firsts

There can only be one ‘first fire pit’ of the season. It’s one of the classic fall firsts. It’s like Opening Day in baseball, or that special feeling race fans get in February when that green flag drops for the first time in Daytona.

There’s more ‘fall firsts’ to come – some good and some challenging. And while fall is just beginning, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re still right in the middle of the season of COVID.

Enjoying the view from the patio

There are two hummingbird feeders, three flowering hibiscuses, about a dozen sunflowers, some zinnias, and a few hyacinth bean vines wrapping themselves around some trellises. There are flowers and flora as far as the eye can see. Oh, and weeds too. There are always weeds.

That is what life looks like from the patio these days. In the fifteen years that I’ve called this house my home, I’ve never spent as much time on my patio than I have this year.

But this is no ordinary year. The world we knew just four months ago is not the same world we know today.