1. Signs of fall. Fall in Colorado is my favorite season. It cools down and there are fewer mosquitos but there are still tomatoes and some other things lingering in the garden. And now that I’m not working at a university, I can really feel the slowing down this season brings, the quiet.
2. Morning walks. Right now, we linger in the morning until it starts to get light before we leave, but soon enough I’ll need to get out my headlamp and just go.
3. Late summer produce. Peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, and corn.
4. Vaccines. I think of this every time I see the hospital, ICU, and ventilator numbers — most of which are made up of people who weren’t vaccinated. We still don’t know how this is all going to go, but this is a protection I’m so grateful for. I also saw that they are making headway on a vaccine for HIV because of what they’ve learned producing the one for COVID-19.
5. My tiny family, my tiny home, my tiny life. I’m so lucky, so grateful.
Bonus joy: Dot’s Honey Mustard Pretzels, grocery pickup, gummy vitamins, sitting in the sauna with Eric, getting in the pool, good TV (watched The Cafe on BritBox, and it was so sweet, so sad it was only two seasons), podcasts, coffee with cocoa and marshmallows, pumpkins turning orange, my neighbor’s four dogs, rain, a big glass of cold clean water, clean sheets, writing and hanging out with Calyx, lunch with Carrie, Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, babies of all kinds, the way the top of Ringo’s head smells when he comes in after lounging in the sun, naps, a soft tshirt in one of my favorite colors, not having to wear a bra, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.