When kids came to visit last weekend we turned on the heat and huddled cozily around the dinner table.
I have been cooking some of our fall favorites: roast lamb, lentil soup, chicken stew, corn bread, and salads with sweetly ripe tomatoes.
Every Wednesday morning I go to the farmer’s market and buy loads of tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, grapes, apples and raspberries.
In the afternoons when I take Kaya for walks I often hide a crisp, fresh apple in my pocket.
The leaves have started changing and there is a pleasant crunch underfoot, but summer flowers are still in full bloom and are overflowing into the mums’ season. The world is profuse with a rich orange glow and smoky smells.
We have sold our house.
September was spent packing books and thirty years worth of possessions, moving furniture, and getting rid of stuff we have outgrown or no longer need.
After we moved all our belongings out of our old home, I spent a week cleaning every corner and slowly saying good buy to the life we lived there. I don’t know why it meant so much to me to leave the space flawless to the young family moving in, but it seemed vital that their new house welcome them in pristine condition.
Friends advised that we hire a cleaning service but I knew that this job needed to be done by me. So I went from room to room and washed all echos of our lives from the walls, floors, the kitchen appliances, the basement, the outdoor patio. By the time I finished, the house was spotless but it wasn’t our house any more. Now it belonged to the new family.
So, where are we living now? People laugh when they hear that we are staying at my sister and brother-in law’s house. I guess even after being together for the last two years we are still not tired of each others company.
Jeff and I agreed that we didn’t want to rush into buying our new place. We want our next home to take us into deep old age and it seems important that we choose slowly, that we choose wisely. So, instead of selling and buying at the same time we decided to do one thing at the time: sell our old house first, then spend as much time as we need searching for the house that we both love.
These days we are mostly enjoying early fall, resting and recuperating from the challenges of past summer.
We haven’t started looking for the new house yet. Maybe next week.