I just went outside to get the mail and realized for the first time that Winter is certainly on its way.
I brought the camera with me too. It’s been pretty cloudy today, but right before sunset there was a break in the clouds. The sun created an odd looking horizontal stripe across the Eastern tree line. I thought I could get a nice shot of it, but really didn’t. You’ll see in the photo below.
I was a bit chilly this morning and started thinking how funny we, as people, are. I am sure not everyone is like this, but if you are anything like me, you try to stick to the minimum necessary to get by. The reason I started thinking of this is because after I realized that I was cold this morning, I put on a shirt. It was a loose shirt, but at least it covered the top half of my body. That was it. I was still cold, but didn’t bother to put on any additional clothing (besides what I was already wearing on the bottom half of my body). I figured that I would suffer through it until a nice shower warmed me up.
I do that all the time. I know it’s going to be cold outside, but I never prepare for it. Then, I complain that it’s cold. I hope that doesn’t mean that I am lazy because I know I am not lazy by any meaning of the word. If not lazy, I wonder what it means. It probably has something to do with stubbornness. Stubborn is a slightly more attractive word than lazy.
Speaking of complaining about the cold…I haven’t gotten there yet. I am still unwinding from the hot Summer. That’s going to take a while. The bitterness of the cold feels kind of good.
I took the second picture to show you that I haven’t raked or picked up any leaves this year. The most I have done is to mulch what was covering the grass with the lawnmower. I also used the leaf blower to clean out under the deck. I am doing this because I would like to build up a nice leaf layer in the wooded parts of the property again. I am planting tons of small evergreen trees and would like some sort of a “blanket” to keep the moisture in the ground come Spring. Towards the end of Winter, evergreen trees can experience something called “Winter burn” or desiccation. Winter burn is caused by cold winds combined with the reflection of the sun off the snow. The needles of young trees that are still close to the ground can be damaged and the tree may even be lost, which is most probable in my case. I have a history with this.
So, to combat this, I thought I would use mulch and leaf cover this year. It may work, it may not. I am also thinking that the leaves will offer some sort of moisture assistance during the heat of Summer. Anything can help and after this hot, dry Summer, I am willing to try most everything.