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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 28

Yesterday the swamp maple (Acer rubrum) in the back of my house was ablaze with yellow leaves. Today, half of those leaves are gone and those that remain are withered and edged with brown.

Yesterday my heart was lifted by how golden the landscape was…today, not so much.

It seems like it was just yesterday when my body was strong and problem-free, not to mention thirty pounds lighter. Today I have hip issues, thyroid problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and cluster headaches.

I’m not whining…really, and lord knows I’m not soliciting medical advice. It’s just that I’m appreciating that things change and we should cherish everything that is good right now.

Today I love my landscape, even as it shuts down for the winter. I am appreciative that Barack Obama is President of the United States. (Many foolishly think that he’s responsible for the slow economic recovery, but he’s not a magician, and I’m much happier with him then the alternative!) I love my family, as quirky as they sometimes seem. And I love being able to garden, sore hip and all.

Savor what you have because the seasons are fleeting.

I'm so glad I took this picture yesterday when all was golden because today it's mostly gone.

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