I baked the first apple pie of the season yesterday. Today, there’s a sauce simmering on the stove made with a batch of tomatoes that have been ripening on my countertop and oregano Gerry just snipped from the backyard garden. I’m wearing socks and long pants and there’s no point in trying to ignore the fact that the season has changed.
In Saskatchewan, where we were a week ago (for the third time this summer!) helping Laurinda and Makiya settle into their new home in Caronport, there’s already fall colour in the trees. Here in BC, where Gerry and I are downsizing and waiting for our home to sell so we can move to Moose Jaw, the change is just getting started. Still, the gardens are put to bed (save for carrots that will stay in the ground for as long as possible), pots of fall mums replacing summer flowers on the deck and in the yard, and the calendar confirms—it’s autumn.
I stopped writing a couple of months ago. Feeling a need to shake things up and see where they landed, I chose to focus on a different creative pursuit—abstract acrylic painting—for a season and, while I didn’t intend to step away from this space, it seemed a natural progression.
Now, I feel rusty as I tap out words for this post. It will take a while to get back in the groove, but it’s one I am looking forward to settling back into. Writing is a huge part of who I am and this space has been my cyber-home for 14 years. I enjoy the different outlet painting offers and, once we get to Saskatchewan Gerry and I plan to reignite our joint photography hobby, but writing is the one creative constant in my life.
Amidst the unsettledness of selling our home and the sorting and culling and getting rid of things and packing and keeping the house in constant ship-shape for prospective buyers to view and everything else that goes along with this time of transition, returning to the practice that has sustained me for much of my life feels so right and necessary.
So, I’m back. Maybe not every day as I was in the past, but often enough to be able to call myself “blogger”. 🙂