Day’s Verse:
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
Matthew 5:48

There’s a line in this song that I keep thinking of: “Feeling a change in the air.” Yep.

Even when it’s sunny, the air has a crispness and the light has this golden quality to it that reminds us it’s fall. The Seattle Times had an interesting and beautiful discussion of the special autumnal light. Makes me think I need to get out with my camera some more before the season is over.

Other symptoms of autumn:

  • Lots of my cycling friends look like this these days.

    Meanwhile, I have started dramatically cutting back my cycling mileage, as the weather gets decreasingly appealing (or should I say “increasingly unappealing”?).

  • I have our food dehydrator running 24/7, converting 20-lb boxes of Honeycrisp apples into the sweetest, most delicious apple chips you’ve ever tasted. I will have to hide some, or we won’t save any for later in the year.
  • When I get up in the morning, I can’t tell whether it’s 5:30 or 6:30.
  • Thanks to increased rain, our grass has started growing again; it looks like I’ll have to mow before too much longer. I got a nice respite for a couple months when the rain stopped and our grass died off. Sadly, it’s back (both the rain and the grass). Thanks to our rain garden construction work, much of the grass in the back has gotten tromped down or covered with dirt, so we’re really only talking the front yard for now. One nice thing about the rain garden: That’s 200 square feet I don’t have to mow ever again.
  • Every time I vacuum, I have at least one or two spidery victims.
  • Laundry hung outside doesn’t dry. Back to using the dryer, at least until I can juryrig something indoors.
  • We keep seeing these birds. Sorry the picture is so small and crappy; we took it through a window, real quick.

    I don’t know what these are, but we haven’t had them in the back yard before. They do seem to like all the uncovered dirt — and, presumably, earthworms — that our construction has provided, though! Edit to add: They are apparently a Northern Flicker, a common woodpecker that pokes at the ground to find its foo. Our Pacific Coast Bird Finder book works!

  • I tried a new apple crisp recipe that had tomatoes in it. Too bad I told Ian that the crisp contained tomatoes; he got that “Eeeewwwwwww” look on his face before even trying it. For somebody who’s eaten fish stomachs, I don’t see what the big deal of an apple-and-green tomato crisp is.

All this to say that it looks like fall is upon us. I imagine that most of our playing outside from here on out will involve GoreTex more often than not. Welcome back, Seattle weather.

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