This has been the most difficult year I ever remember. Not that we haven’t had other challenging years, but they were personally challenging. We dealt with poverty, illness, moving, losing jobs, and many other things. But this one was different. Dealing with an awful government, a pandemic with an apparently endless death toll, a burning west coast, a flooded New Orleans and nearby states and an excess of hurricanes, tropical rain, and high winds.
It was particularly distressing that while it’s flooding down south, we were having a rain-free summer up here. We had essentially no rain from July through September and the first half of October. Today, because of Hurricane Zeta who did wicked things down south, we are getting real rain. And oh how we needed it!!
I spent the day at the hospital — my annual coronary checkup. He confirmed that I’m doing as well as I could do and no, there is nothing that will make my broken breastbone heal. It’s another thing with which I’m going to have to learn to live. At least I’m living. So many have died this year, both here and abroad.
Somehow, with all the craziness going on, we managed to finally get the new back doors installed. So with the new boiler, we’re ready for the winter. Or so we hope.
Then, our increasingly large flock of orange Cardinals!
There is more, but I think this is enough. October is always a highly photographic month. If you can’t take brilliant pictures in autumn in New England, maybe architecture is your thing?
About the Changing Seasons
From Su Leslie:
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month. If you would like to join in, here are some guidelines:
The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month. Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots. Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them.
The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):
Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month. Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material! Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them. One thing that won’t change though. Include a ping-back to this post, and I’ll update it with links to all of yours.
For those of us who have participating in this challenge for years since the first years when Cardinal Guzman ran it, I think we have developed our own style. I could never just one picture. I’m too indecisive. Given the rapidly changing climate we are experiencing, I think has become an important challenge.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this challenge. I love seeing how the whole world is doing. Please don’t forget to put in a link to Su Leslie so she can collect our entries. The world has gone a bit mad and we are all a bit mad, collectively and individually. Let’s hope that one of these months, life will improve.
And may we continue to have world to exhibit!