|home-baked sourdough bread|
I can't imagine living somewhere that didn't regularly get cold enough to make hearty and delicious soups and stews really enjoyable, especially with home-baked bread. This year so far we've only flirted with that kind of weather, and soon it will settle in for the season. After all, Halloween is less than a week and a half away. One aspect of Winter that I find reassuring is that I can comfortably curl up inside where it's warm, enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book, and not feel as though I should be doing something else, or that I'm missing something.
This Winter we're going to add trout fishing back onto the list of options. We'll see if the Tenkara rod and line (no reel or line guides to freeze up) we got for our birthday last Summer makes a helpful difference in Winter fishing. I've not the patience to sit around for ice fishing, and it's been years since I've enjoyed actually playing in the snow instead of enjoying its beauty from inside where it's warm.
|bare aspen branches|
Before we get to that point, I'm going to enjoy the beauty of the oak leaves still in the trees. Most of the others have come down in the winds of the past week. It seemed as though the pear tree dropped all its leaves in just one night this past week. Maybe some early "haunts" scared them off.
Each night, in a space he’d makebetween waking and purpose,my grandfather donned his onesuit, in our still dark house, and drovethrough Brooklyn’s deserted streetsfollowing trolley tracks to the bakery.There he’d change into whitelinen work clothes and cap,and in the absence of women,his hands were both loving, wellinto dawn and throughout the day—kneading, rolling out, shapingeach astonishing momentof yeasty predictabilityin that windowless world litby slightly swaying naked bulbs,where the shadows staggered, woozywith the aromatic warmth of the work.Then, the suit and drive, again.At our table, graced by a loafthat steamed when we sliced it,softened the butter and leavenedthe very air we’d breathe,he’d count us blessed.
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Please be kind to each other while you can.