As soon as I got out of bed this morning, I peeked out our bedroom curtain and saw the forest glowing with a golden light. It was beautiful.
Overnight the trees of our Enchanted Forest have bloomed with color. The beauty is breathtaking and I couldn’t help pausing often to drink it in with wonder. I realized yesterday as EJ and I drove on M-22 to enjoy the colorful foliage that I have always been in Northern Michigan in the summer, and never ever in the autumn or winter or spring. So these beautiful seasons are all enchantingly new to me.
After the golden light faded, the clouds made the sky gray–just a gray color with no dramatic clouds. Later the sky became blue with wispy white clouds. It was a beautiful warm autumn day. EJ read that we’ve been having temperatures that are 25 degrees above normal but that’s about to change and we will begin to get cooler weather. Over the next week or two, the highs are forecasted to be in the upper 50s and the lows in the 40s…and even dipping into the 30s.
Throughout the day, I kept going outside to photograph our colorful forest, but my camera is an inexpensive one and just can’t capture the full beauty. (Plus, I’m not exactly a knowledgeable photographer.) I think that the light of the sky darkens pictures of the forest at the end of the drive? In reality the colors are more vivid than in the photos. Tesla followed me as I walked around the yard with my camera and I was able to get a cute picture of her sitting on the park bench.
Later EJ and I walked down to the mailbox to get the mail. As usual, Danny came with us and Tesla also followed us. I always feel magical with EJ and his staff and the pets following us down the driveway. EJ always scoops up Tesla on the way back and carries her home.
I told EJ that it makes me happy that Danny gets to spend the second half of his life in the Enchanted Forest. Down south at the old house, he could only roam our small fenced-in yard. Up here in the North, he has a many times more area to enjoy. Many times Danny looks up at me with a grin, and I think he is as happy as we are to live in such a beautiful place.
EJ’s work hours have changed for a few weeks, so he now goes to work in the evening and gets home very early in the morning. Early this afternoon we unloaded the Suburban that was filled with stuff that EJ and JJ brought up from the old house on Saturday. The “stuff” included my last two birdhouses. I had not brought them before because baby sparrows were still in them. EJ was able to pull one of the birdhouses up, pole and all. The other house was on a post that formed part of Danny’s old dog pen so EJ couldn’t just pull it up. He was going to unscrew the birdhouse from the post but he didn’t have a ladder down there–but he did have a saw so he just sawed off the top of the post with the house on it.
For weeks I have been pondering where to put these last two birdhouses. At our old house, I had them right outside the windows so we could easily see inside. That was cool. Up here, though, birds have the whole Enchanted Forest to nest in and I didn’t think that they would find it appealing to nest near the house. I didn’t want these last two houses to be too close to the birdhouses I already put up earlier in the summer because in the south the sparrows fought if the houses were too close. I also didn’t want anything to block my beautiful view. I decided, finally, to put one house several feet to the left of our park bench. I carried the birdhouse and post to the chosen spot this afternoon while EJ carried the posthole digger. He dug the hole and I positioned the post in the hole and then he filled the dirt in and stamped it down.
The birdhouse we put up today has three “apartments.” After we got it up, EJ noticed that one of the three entrance holes was gnawed, as if a bird or animal had tried to enlarge it. I’m not sure what sort of critter would have done that.
EJ will unscrew the other house from the post and then fasten it to a post that was already in the yard when we moved in–up near the big rocks.