Monday, September 8, 2008
This Bountiful Life
By the turning of the wheel we are thick into the time of crowded pantries, baskets on the counter overflowing with veggies and fruit, tomato sauce simmering in the crock-pot, and the constant rattle of the canning jars in the hot water bath. We also enjoy the final brisk ocean swims, dunks in the lake and windows open all night--for now. Our town becomes more quiet as the tourists return to their homes. Our children continue their unschooling journey and spend glorious late summer days outside in the brilliant sunshine, reading on the beach, writing stories, collecting seeds in the garden and catching up with friends now that fall routines are being established. In a couple of weeks, we'll attend the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, which we always look forward to. We start planning and thinking about fall projects, as well as those projects for Samhain and Yule. It's a bountiful, beautiful and busy time of year, full of gifts from the garden, new adventures, new and old faces, new routines, along with a gradual turning inward. We slowly preserve the harvest, putting by for later, giving some away, storing up for the cold and dark of winter, mindful always, of the bounty around us.