Today was an absolutely beautiful nearing-the-end-of-October day. Dick and I began the day by joining a group from our beekeepers association to learn how to winterize our bee colony. We then spent part of the day implementing the process. I'll have a photo tomorrow of what we did to help our bees survive the upcoming winter. Today showed no signs of winter yet. The maple trees by my garden are still dressed in their finest with enough leaves to spare to form a lovely carpet underneath.
After darkness fell tonight, we drove into Brainerd and walked in the Gregory Park neighborhood crunching through the leaves that have accumulated on the sidewalks. The street lights illuminated our pathway with a soft glow as we smiled at the lighted pumpkin jack-o lanterns smiling back at us through the house windows.
To warm ourselves, we stopped at Caribou Coffee for a hot chocolate topped with a cloud of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. On the paper cup, scrawled around the bottom, was the message "Life is short. Stay awake for it." We did just that by taking time out for a simple walk in the fresh autumn evening air.