This wintering over of plants has been the focus of our last few days around the old farmhouse. Joe took a break from building roads, and created a sort of greenhouse out of the front porch of the farmhouse. With a roll of heavy plastic and some wood, he created a decent enclosure in which we will be able to keep the plants from freezing. Some of these plants will be living through their third winter. In their "old home," the pond house, they were brought indoors for the winter, into the sunniest room of the house -- the bonus room over the garage, and with care, they survived.
|First Plants in to their Home for the Winter|
|He's Watching Us!|
|Crossing his Fingers?|
|Biggest one I've Seen Here!|
My children are grown, but I cannot imagine how hard it would be to be deployed far from home, spouse and young children. I know so many families who are missing their beloved servicemen and women...for the holidays, for the "everydays." And of course, there are those whose loved ones will never come home to see their children grown or their spouse's hair turning gray, agelines shaping their faces into familiar reminders of the beautiful youth they married.
And this afternoon, when my stomach reminded me I hadn't yet eaten, I could have jumped into the car and driven a few miles for a fast food lunch. But, as is my norm, I opted to make something from food I have on hand, in my own kitchen. I take this for granted... the choice is mine.
Simple choices. Simple day-to-day living. But then again, I'm not thousands of miles from home, in a place where simple living is not an option.
So, on this Veterans' Day, a glorious Autumn Day in this corner of Virginia, I thought about veterans past and current, I remembered the veterans in my family, all who have come home safely, and I reminded myself not to take simple things for granted.
|Autumn Leaves on a Spectacular Day|
|Picking Last Melon of the Season|
|Sky Through the Branches of the Sycamore|
|Greenhouse Glows When Darkness Falls|