The Difference a Day Makes
Yesterday: sunny and unseasonably warm (80°F/27°C), leaves.
Today: cold and damp (40°F/4°C), leaflessness.
In past years my burning bush hedge (Euonymus alatus) has held its leaves until the new year. This year it surrendered early, succumbing to a cold front that passed through last night. In Portsmouth, Virginia.
Air filter study.
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Thanksgiving 2013 Update: The feasting is done, belts have been loosened and cinched again, leftovers have been been apportioned and distributed. My sisters, who are Thanksgiving professionals, coordinated a glorious meal for 22, though much of the labor and execution is being assumed these days by the younger generation. Most of the meal today was indistinguishable from holiday repasts of my childhood, though the offerings on the table seem to grow each year to honor the food traditions of new family members. We’re a dynamic bunch. Newcomers are welcome.
My youngest sister, who shares my genetic predisposition for nostalgia, decorated the tables and buffet today with dozens of family photos, garnered from old albums and shoe boxes, and displayed on small photo holders. The remembrance of family who have died, and of happy childhood days spent with those still living, and of dear ones who now live far away makes me feel very full, and very blessed.