Today we enjoyed our first snowfall of the season. Thankfully, most of it is melted now, with more expected tomorrow. On waking up this morning I was enjoying the bright orange carpet of birch leaves blanketing the forest floor, feeling so thankful that we've had more than a few days to enjoy the fall colors. I was standing at the kitchen sink, doing dishes and gazing out the window and at first I thought it was just more birch seed falling from the trees as there have been many times over the last week where I wondered if the seeds were the first snow flakes, and as it started to snow harder I was elated and panicked simultaneously. The kids were excited, especially Noah, who brought in a snow ball to show me that the snow was actually wet enough for snow balls and snow men, usually our snow is too dry.
I felt that I should be running around outside making sure everything was up off the ground and stored away. I had to keep reminding myself that it really was all done, as we've been gathering and storing tools and tarping wood piles for a while now. There is certainly a feeling of a great weight being lifted off, as once the ground is frozen and the snow has covered everything, it seems only right that I should be indoors stoking the fire and cooking soup and baking pies. And that is what I absolutely adore about this time of year, so much good food and the time to enjoy it!