There's the tiniest bit of change in the air already, reminding me that Summer is fading and Autumn is just around the corner. I've spotted a few bright yellow leaves in our lovely shade tree, and there's a faint sharpness in the air underneath the heat of the sun. The timing is just right - I'm ready for a new season!
This has been a good summer, filled with some very lovely gifts - grandsons, hummingbirds, gardens... Our grandsons shared much of the summer with us, and I'm always captivated by the world as they see it - they find such pleasure in a carefully built mud castle with handmade flags around it, or finding a huge zucchini under the leaves, or building a house of cards for the first time. When I'm with them I'm reminded to look at the small things and find the wonder of them, as they do, and I need to remember that even when they're not at my side pointing them out.
We also had the amazing gift of our little hummingbird family - watching them grow and seeing them fly away. Today I saw one of the babies over in the rosebushes, flying about from flower to flower. He flitted up and down right in front of me before disappearing back into the tree - I'd like to think he's familiar enough with me that he has no fear. Although, he might be the one we accidentally catapulted out of the nest... yes, we did that. One of the babies remained in the nest a full day after the other flew off, so we gently pulled the branch down by one of its leaves so we could see the little bird better. Suddenly the leaf broke off and the branch went springing up! and when it came down the bird wasn't there. I started looking all around the ground and panicked when I couldn't find him, then we looked up and saw him sitting on a branch in the tree. I think he was giggling. Mama came over and scolded us, and we crept away in shame. Oops. All is well, though - the two babies have stayed nearby, flying just fine.
Another gift is seeing my firstborn celebrating a summer birthday today - her 28th! Wow. The years have just flown by.
And our garden! It has been a joy even if it got off to a rough start. I enlarged it this year and probably spent more on hardscaping and young plants than I saved on vegetables, but the work is so satisfying and real that I don't care. I love that I can keep it going nearly all year.
bruschetta straight from the garden
Now that the season is winding down, I hope you'll take a look around you and count your own gifts of summer. They're usually right in front of our noses - in all the little things around us.
I'm linking up with Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.