Brisk and Invigorating

Yesterday was a fine, brisk day. The sun was shining, but the air smelled cold and fresh, and if it weren’t for creaky knees, I would have been positively frisky. What can I say? I’m a Mainer, and for me the first touch of winter is always invigorating.

Even with creaky knees, I got a fair amount done. Up the road, where the winter berries grow, I clipped quite a few branches of these red beauties to use in a winter arrangement for the front deck.

On the way to get the Sunday paper, I stopped at Maranacook Lake to take a few pictures.

I found blue sky, blue water, and a beached boat

as well as golden and dried plants against the rippling lake.

When I got home, I raked the driveway, perhaps for the last time, but we shall see.

At the end of the short day, I was tucked on the couch with the orange cat on my lap and a cup of hot cocoa nearby. I am going back and forth between two books—A Manuel for Cleaning Women, a collection ofย  sad, moving, short stories by Lucia Berlin; and Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt. Of the latter book, in brief, let’s just say that Shakespeare knew.

39 thoughts on “Brisk and Invigorating”

      1. Yes, gardening helps so much, doesn’t it? The cycling is good too, I should think, as long as you go carefully. I have a bike but am very nervous about riding it in case I fall off. I have rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis and feel your pain! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. You remind me that I need to rake the driveway, I hope for the last time! Nothing worse than trying to shovel snow *and* wet, sodden leaves! I’ve been out, trying to get really good photos of the snow geese to share–they won’t hold still!

  2. Lovely photos!๐Ÿ™‚ I wish we had those blue skies with our cold weather, but the winter gray has arrived with the snow. I hope the fall cleanup is finally over and will soon be replaced with reading many great books (I added those books to my Want To Read list, which is getting out of control).๐Ÿ™‚

    1. In Maine, blue skies today, blue skies tomorrow, and then snow on Friday. Holy cats, we never know what we’re gong to get. Luckily, the weekend is supposed to be good. We have two shows we’re going to.

      1. Our daughter and son-in-law now live in North Carolina, and they are constantly amazed by the reaction to a little bit of snow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, what’s normal for Maine—lots of snow—is not normal for North Carolina. Your state just isn’t equipped to deal with snow the way our state is.

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