to enjoy...at long last...
some spectacular, dry weather filled with
sunny, bright, "Colorado like" days...each delicately spiced with
a hint of autumn in the air.
Mellow daytime temps mesmerize my spirit
and lure me away to a delightful state of idleness.
I continue to peer out at this lush world of green around me
and sit wide eyed...and childlike...
totally amazed by its vibrancy and variation.
Clear, cool nights...crackling fires in the fireplace...and
sleeping under a down comforter...the windows just cracked open...
have transformed me into one
cozy, comfortable, homey state of happiness.
So very much has added rich color, texture and flavor to the memories
painted in my heart of this Illinois trip...
I gently breathe each one in...
and slowly exhale each out with a long and satisfyingly thankful
"Good days are to be gathered like grapes,
to be trodden and bottled into wine
and kept for age
to sip at ease beside the fire.
If the traveler has vintaged well,
he need trouble to wander no longer;
the ruby moments glow in his glass at will."
(French adventurer and explorer...1893-1993)