Hey, Decatur! Fall is always such a busy time for most of us, including me. My calendar in October has been full but that’s okay. I’m still trying to fit in a campfire in my backyard but either I’m not home, or it’s raining, but I’m going to schedule it in this weekend. I’d feel like a total fall failure if I didn’t roast a marshmallow or two.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the world is a little crazy out there. Watching the past three presidential debates has made me question humanity. I read a study a few days ago indicating that many Americans are experiencing significant mental stress, from both sides of the aisle, from the non-stop absurdity that has been the 2016 presidential campaign. I believe it. And, for us St Louis Cardinal fans, toss in the fact that the Chicago Cubs are probably going to the World Series, and it just feels like the world has been turned upside down.
Luckily, life has continued to go on this fall…
I’ve been learning how to test soil for my soil science class. It was fun!
I’ve dug soil pits to expose soil horizons. The shoveling wasn’t so much fun but I love doing research.
I’ve discovered funky fungus balls in the forest.
A met a super cool caterpillar who doesn’t care about politics or the Cubs
I’ve helped carve pumpkins for Boo at the Zoo
I’ve harvested seeds from the prairie for Rock Springs and Midewin (pronounced Mi-day-win) National Tallgrass Prairie
I’ve discovered beauty and tranquility in nature.
I’ve seen the face of my grandson and it doesn’t get much better than that.
I’ve realized there’s till a lot of hope in the world and to not give up the faith that one day things will feel normal again but just in case… Cursed goat, do your magic once again on the Chicago Cubs (and Donald Trump). We’re counting on you!