Autumn

 

 

Today is the first day of Autumn. Before I look forward, I want to look back.

 

I think Mister and I really took advantage of Summer this year. We were in that pool every chance we got, and that’s saying something as we don’t have a pool heater and the water can be a wee bit chilly, y’all. We grew tomatoes and basil to the best of our abilities and ate them beyond our abilities. (The tomatoes are long-gone but the basil lives on in a ton of pesto.) We hit a couple of open-air venues for shows, and in L.A. those are some of the loveliest outings available. We spent exactly one whole day at the beach, and though that may induce eye-rolling since we live on the Pacific edge of land, it’s one day more than we spent by the sea last year. So there. We walked through our neighborhood on July 4th – along with a few hundred other neighbors – and enjoyed fireworks as part of the community. There was also plenty of drinking, eating and socializing this Summer. Of course, those things seem to happen every Summer.

 

We also had a serious A/C outing this past Summer, and I did not appreciate that one bit. But during that heat wave, I got up each morning and opened the front door wide in hopes of getting some cool morning air into the house (and hot, stagnant air out). With the front door open, I sat with my coffee and witnessed the world in its waking. Each morning was quiet and, though I was watching the whole world (or as much of it as my aging eyes could see), personal. Those mornings were still and calm. And they helped.

 

It will be hot in L.A. for a while, if only intermittently. And I may find myself taking a few more dips in that pool. But make no mistake – Autumn is here. Her light is different. Her food is different. Her social patterns – different. And I welcome her with open arms. If I’m caught looking back over my shoulder on all that was Summer, it won’t mean I don’t appreciate what lies before me.

 

Autumn. I’m ready.

Social Muscles

 

 

We love friends. We do. And for the most part, we love socializing. But sometimes, all the socializing with friends can be a bit overwhelming. I mean, when you find yourself booked for 3 days straight, aren’t you just jonesing for a night at home?

 

I don’t know what to tell you, but Mister & I have been busy, busy, busy of late. And though we love, love, love our friends, I get tired, y’all. I do. Can’t help it. It seems that during the social season we are committed beyond the bounds.

 

And just when I think I can’t handle it, a friend reaches out and invites us to something like, I don’t know, a backyard movie night. And do you know what happens? I ache to be there. Because I love those people. And it doesn’t matter if I was just out until 2 in the morning, because these people are so completely fabulous that I absolutely thank the gods for my having been invited in the first place. It is twisted, I tell you. And beautiful.

 

So I stretch my social muscles and show the hell up. Times ten. And do you know what happens? I get tired, yes. But I also laugh and enjoy myself more than I imagined I could.

 

Sometimes, just seeing the faces of the friends we love is enough to cause our hearts to skip a beat. I am beyond grateful.