Today, I’m grateful for a pandemic-inspired Halloween.
As I put away the Halloween paraphernalia today, I can’t help but admire the way friends and neighbors stepped up to the challenge of celebrating safely this Halloween. Treats were delivered via chutes, on sticks in candy-garden fashion, individually wrapped on help-yourself tables, and hung in grab bags from ropes tied across driveways. More industrious friends planned outdoor games and treasure hunts, and made other activities possible while still socially distancing. It boosts my faith in our ability to adapt in difficult circumstances. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for homegrown butternut squash.
After a groundhog ate my one butternut squash plant within a leaf of its life, the plant managed to come back and produce two squashes this summer. The largest of the two broke off the vine during a windstorm, but turned out to be plenty ripe. I’m thankful for being able to enjoy it with almost every meal for the past week. The smaller one has been picked and will be baked soon enough. Yum!
Today, I’m grateful for the variety of black-eyed susans still blooming in my garden.
Many flowers have gone by already and temperatures are threatening to dip into the thirties soon. So, I’m enjoying these while I can. A friend gave me some black-eyed susans from her garden many years ago. I haven’t planted any of them since then. They just pop up all over my front gardens every spring. It’s like they feel right at home here. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for this first day of October.
The year 2020 is moving right along. Maybe I’ll celebrate this new month by putting up a few fall decorations. All the antisocial-ness that’s come from Covid-19 social distancing has put a damper on my desire to decorate. But today, I think I’ll make the extra effort.