Sunday, October 16, 2016

Vista rosada








Autumn evenings are finally here. I wait all year for this short stretch - a week or two, no more - when the sunset happens at just such a time and in just such a way. Right now, it comes at a perfect moment, when I've finished cleaning up the kitchen and have just tucked the GB into bed. Suddenly, I'm free. The first thing I do is wash my face; it's my time-for-me ritual since I became a mother. I have always relished the feeling of a clean face and at the end of a long day, it's the one thing that truly refreshes me. I practically run to my bathroom after I shut her door.

If I get outside on time, I can watch the mountain take on the color of its namesake - Sandia, or watermelon in Spanish. The granite lights up orange-pink for just a few minutes and everything - sky, trees, my very skin while I stand there - glows a little. To the west, a fiery display as the sun sinks beneath the horizon. I look back and forth from mountain to mesa - it changes fast. By the time the moon rises over the garden wall, I feel calmer, ready to start the next round with the LB. He's been at the kitchen counter with the Bear, two sandy heads bent over a math textbook. Now it's time to supervise his evening rituals - chores, shower, last-minute backpack check - while I make something decaffeinated for me and the Bear to sip as we go about the rest of our evening. He works, I crochet or read. We watch mindless things on Netflix. Or smart-ish things, but not as much.

That's an autumn evening as we experience it. We're still waiting, as I write, for the weather to really turn. I haven't noticed the furnace to come on yet, as it will have once or twice by this time most years. This time of year is tricky, weather-wise; it can still be quite warm, as it was this past week. I felt disoriented; it was so dark, yet there was barely a hint of crispness. No sweater needed - no shoes, even. It's temporary, of course. By the end of the week, it's supposed to be chilly. The furnace will probably run. We'll kick off our covers in dusky early morning, waking to its familiar sounds, last year's dust toasting in the ducts. We'll eat our cereal in a pool of yellow light, talking about the fresh, new day ahead of us, and evening putters in the backyard will seem a million miles away.

35 comments:

  1. I loved this post, Jennifer. It was beautifully written, and your pictures are stunning. We have the exact thing you are describing happen here at this time of the year. There is a brief window of time, when the weather cooperates, when the sun shines on the mountains east of us and coats them in a red glow. Like you, I look forward to it every fall. I hope you get some cool, crisp days soon so the weather matches the season for you.

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  2. It sounds and the pictures prove it to be, just beautiful! I love your writing, and can feel myself there with you as I read.

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  3. I understand deeply how this brief season would so enliven your soul! Beautifully written! Savour all those lovely parts of this time; it's lovely. I too feel disoriented by the weather staying warm; it's cooled off here in NJ but then it goes back to warm, like a yo-yo. I really miss Ottawa a lot these days, knowing that they will have snow during winter and NJ, well, only if we are lucky it seems (I love snow, blue crisp sky, I never feel more alive). God keep you.

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  4. Really beautiful. Images and thoughts. Our weather is changing here, too. Winter is when our sunrises/sunsets are most colorful. Looking forward to that. Have a good week.

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  5. Your sunset shots of the mountains are really gorgeous. The light changes this time of year intrigue me also. Sun slants through our house and illuminates places that never see the sun the rest of the year. I enjoyed reading the simple pleasures of your home. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. What a lovely post. I really like your evening face washing ritual and admire LB's last backpack check - something I never seemed to manage with my 2; it was always a last minute rush in the mornings!xx

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  7. Thanks for sharing the beautiful rhythm of this season and your family life through your fabulous photos and your well chosen words, Jennifer. I feel I have just had a most satisfying visit with you and yours, and I hope you all have a good week. xx

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  8. Such pretty pictures Jennifer. I really enjoyed reading about the rhythm of your evenings. It sounds very similar to our rituals when our children were small. Our furnace has been on for several weeks now and we're thinking we need to bring some wood in for fires soon. Enjoy your week my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. You're right, suddenly those warm light summer evenings seem so far away. How brief they always seem. But the autumn and winter evenings are lovely too, and the summer all the more precious for being short. Gorgeous photos today, I really felt as though I was stood there next to you, breathing in the autumn air and watching that glorious sunset. Have a lovely week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  10. Lovely. That mountain is glowing. It makes me smile that we wrote about such similar things; the rising or setting of the sun, a window of calm in a busy day. :-) Have a great week. Xx

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  11. Thank you for sharing your glorious sunset. While I was peeling and coring apples at my kitchen sink yesterday evening the sky very briefly took on the silky rosy hue that I love, but so far no spectacular sunsets here. Autumn seems barely to have arrived. It's still warm with very little leaf fall and barely any autumn colour. The Norway Maple just outside my bedroom window is my indicator and I cannot wait for it to start glowing.

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  12. That first photo of the mountain bathed in light is beautiful. The heating's on already here and we had our first frost a couple of weeks ago, it's turned cold. I'm already saying roll on spring again.

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  13. What a beautifully written post. Autumn evenings are so lovely - the cosiness is still novel and although we're lighting the stove here most evenings, it's not horribly cold yet. And yes, evening pottering in the garden already feels a million miles away. But I'm enjoying spending that time with my knitting instead - as you are with your crochet.

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  14. This is fabulous, thank you for sharing.

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  15. Such a beautifully written post, your love of this season and its small window shines through. Beautiful photos.

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  16. Wonderful autumnal colours - we are also experiencing an odd autumn. Folk are still daring to wear shorts during the softly warm days yet the evenings are chilly and dark encouraging us to light the woodburner.

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  17. You have such an incredible view I'm afraid I'd spend all my evening just gazing at it.

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  18. It is a special time of year isn't it? We have been having beautiful sun rises in the mornings. Jo x

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  19. Such a lovely post evoking the changing season. The pinky orange light in your photos is just lovely. Enjoy the new week and all it brings, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  20. We were outside working away in the late afternoon yesterday when the clouds in the sky suddenly took on a glowing pinky hue, just for a few minutes everything was tinged with warmth and then it was dusk. It's good to stop and notice these things. Your mountain view is glorious. Have a good week, Jennifer. Sam x

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  21. Lovely post - both the words and the photos. :o)

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  22. Beautiful pictures. It's definitely getting colder here, electric blanket went on the bed today xx

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  23. you write so beautifully.. I almost didn't need the pictures.. your words painted the picture so well.

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  24. The mountain is so pretty, must be difficult to tear your eyes away.

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  25. Oh such a beautiful post, you really capture those last moments before the cold kicks in. The mountains are stunning.

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  26. You make it sound so magical and beautiful. The light is changing here, I love the full moon of the last few days as it stays in the sky when I leave for work. As for cool weather, it has not arrived here yet but I keep hoping.
    Meredith

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  27. Lovely post. And, I agree, it's such an amazing time of the year. I particularly love the sunsets.

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  28. Your writing is exquisite. You have such a gift. October has been magical like that here, too. We've already had a few days and nights where it was downright cold - and the furnace has kicked on a few times. But now we're going through a warm spell again where it's actually sunny and 70 degrees and the skies a brilliant blue. So pretty with all the trees and their changing colors against that blue sky. I noticed as I was out today that there were people walking and biking all over the place. We sure relish our beautiful weather in October, because we know this is the last of it. Because then we have our long, harsh winters which I absolutely dread.

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  29. You write so beautifully Jennifer, you have a real gift X

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  30. The colours are magical. I too am soaking up these last few weeks of the year, when it is not too cold to sit outside with a cup of tea and enjoy the morning sunrise or the evening sunset. x

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  31. What amazing views Jennifer, the colours are beautiful. :) xx

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  32. Such lovely sunsets. There are advantages to this time of year. I'm like you and enjoy more sunsets and sunrises at this time. First week here that there has been a nip in the air. Quite good to add a few layers. Keep enjoying those skies :) B x

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  33. Glorious colours! I love Autumn too, well, all the seasons really, it's the change that's so wonderful between different types of weather I think.

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  34. Oh, I missed this beautiful post. Your words and images are so sweet and lovely Jennifer. Those sunsets are unbelievable, and speak of Autumn so well. May favourite season.

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