Hello there! Hm, let's see - my last post was at the very beginning of September and here we are now mid October. Our part of the world has been transitioning into fall, and transforming from the lush greens of summer into those golden autumnal hues. The days are too quickly shortening, and the morning frosts have begun.
Just as the leaves all around have been changing, since my last post, my life has been going through some pretty significant changes. About a month ago I had a surgery for a heart condition I had (SVT, diagnosed during my procedure more specifically as AVNRT), and the experience has shed a whole new light for me on being grateful for the simple little things in life. It was incredible, and thankfully successful, and was a great reminder of how amazing it is and how fortunate I am to have doctors/nurses and healthcare like we do here in the US, and to have my family and friends showing me such immense support and kindness. And the little things now, like enjoying a cup of coffee, or running as fast as I can around the yard with my pup Cole and not giving my heart a second thought about going into SVT has been so freeing. It's not that life was terrible with SVT, in fact for all the lessons it has taught me and the healthy habits it enforced I am actually very thankful for my experience with it, but I didn't even realize the depth of the limitations it had given me, and now it is such a burden lifted. Sometimes, the simple little things we should pause and reflect on may be just as simple as having eyes that can see, lungs that can breathe, a heart that beats.
With all that going on last month, and other exciting new adventures happening this month, it has been a little bit tough for me to find time to keep up on here and on social media - I apologize for that! It feels good though to be back sharing, and these photos I'm sharing today are from Wednesday evening when Cole and I headed out the park for a little walk and scenery viewing. Like my last post somewhat eluded to, I have had trouble this year getting excited about the change of season (summer was so good, it hurts that it's done!) and getting ready for the cold weather. I will admit though, the leaves scattered on the ground mixed with a million acorns, the longer shadows, and the prospect of cozy fires and pretty snow isn't all that bad. The main thing has been the shorter hours of daylight, but I was reminded this week that winter nights have some big perks too and can be practically just as bright as day if that moon is out. I won't pretend though that I'm not already counting the months and days until I can be out planting in the garden and taking Cole for swims in the lake, or that I won't feel kind of lonesome without the sound of the crickets and catbirds when sunlight is dim, but then again this season's break of cold is what's needed for things to grow again. And who knows? It may just be that there will be some great things during the next few months that'll make me wish these colder months would stick around..maybe!