There is a tree in my yard that I see each morning out my window. It is a tree that almost wasn’t – in two ways. The first was that it survived a hurricane about 14 years ago. It was very misshapen, but still living afterward. Then the city decided that many of the hurricane impacted trees needed to be cut down.
One Saturday morning, the tree cutters came but my husband intercepted them and asked that they not cut down the tree because even though it wasn’t pretty, it was still living. I think they had so much work that they agreed and moved on to their next job.
When this tree loses it leaves it still looks like a spooky Halloween tree, but yesterday on a sunny and crisp autumn day it looked like this.
Today was rainy and overcast and so our spooky tree looked like this.
It made me think how fall is truly upon us here in North Carolina. Tonight there is a freeze warning and there was snow in parts of the mountains so I guess it’s to be expected. To ward off the chill, I’m getting out my favorite mug
my husband’s favorite mug
and putting on the tea kettle for some special holiday tea. M-m-m-m.
Just the right thing after we come in from ice skating through candy land. That’s me there on the left with the basket of candy and him on the right with the gumdrop buttons.
Perfect likeness, don’t ya think? And we’re such good ice skaters too. Especially on candy cane skates!