Will you look at that. According to accuweather.com, there's not a raindrop in sight for the next two weeks. Instead, bright full sun and mid-60s temperatures.
I don't suppose I'm complaining but it wasn't like that on Saturday and in the chilly, gray, misty morning, my thoughts turned to cold days to come.
At the final farmer's market of the season, I stocked up on roots – parsnips, potatoes, multi-colored carrots and beets in red and gold.
Onions too and just-picked apples because the peaches that had been so luscious just a week ago looked tired and bruised now.
In the afternoon I cooked up six pints of spicy apple sauce to take the place in my morning cereal of the fresh berries I have relished all summer.
Then, while writing this post on Sunday, I cooked up a big batch of pea soup - a recipe I've been tinkering with every fall and winter for at least 40 years. I took time, too, to get out for some photos of the glorious fall colors near my home.
In the eastern United States, some people drive hundreds of miles to indulge in annual leaf peeping. I just open the door. This is my path to the trash bins.
Not many more steps from my door in the neighboring park is a colonnade now halfway between its summer greenery and the barren vines of winter.
A late Sunday afternoon posting at The New York Times online:
”Leaders at meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said the United States must raise its debt ceiling and reopen the government so as not to cause 'massive disruption' worldwide.”
You can see how early I was out and about on Sunday morning errands.
The malice of Congressional Republicans knows no limit in their determination to harm some segment - any segment - of the American public. Now it's women again according to a Sunday headline at Huffington Post:
”[Paul] Ryan Brings Birth Control into Shutdown Fight”
Certainly there is science to how tree leaves turn colors. Do certain ones become red, others orange or yellow or brown? I have no idea which explains why I was surprised to see so many colors on each tree in this line.
And until Sunday, I had no idea that grasses also take on fall colors. These seem to be on fire.
It was impossible Sunday, while keeping an eye on the soup, not to repeatedly check television and internet news to see if Congress is still intent on bringing down the economy of the entire world this week.
The Onion gave me my only laugh of the day. Referencing the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of last week, the faux news website headlined a story, "Psychiatrists Deeply Concerned For 5% Of Americans Who Approve Of Congress."
According to “psychiatrist Dr. Donald Levin,” The Onion “reported”:
”We’re not entirely sure who these people are or where they come from - perhaps they are psych ward patients, or unstable recluses living in remote huts on the outskirts of society - but what we do know is that they are extremely disconnected from reality and in need of immediate attention if they are not already receiving it.”
But it wasn't funny enough to stop my creeping panic as the debt deadline looms. Nor could this gorgeous bush.
The one satisfaction of the day was storing away five quarts of soup in the freezer. If economic apocalypse arrives, at least I won't be hungry.
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