Well! I had every intention of popping in here a few more times this week than I actually did. Where is the time going? How do we find ourselves at the end of October? How is the garden season over? How are my children so grown? How did all that gray hair appear overnight? There is no answer to those questions, except to say that the days are full, and full of goodness.
It's damp and cold here today - wildly windy out there, and not suitable for anything more than hunkering down by the fire, and next to one another. But I did pop out to the garden to gather - in hopefully one trip - all that I'd need for the weekend ahead. A beef stew tonight, a cabbage slaw with lentils tomorrow, and some beets for preserving. Those beets! Can you believe them? Amazing. Bigger than any of the healthiest of the cabbage out there, some of them! And so very many more still to be brought in.
Despite the chill and the wind, I don't think I could have been happier to fill this basket up and carry it inside earlier today in the rain. It is the very activity and project that I made the basket for - bringing in the garden haul. Everyone who sees my basket remarks (with love, I think?) on how she's got quite a cute little pregnant belly, this basket. It seems fitting. Not that I'm pregnant (really. I'm not.), but the garden sure is, and life sure is. And somehow, with a little bit of stretching, there's always room to hold it all. And I'm always amazed at just how much one can stretch.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead, however full it may be.