It has been a long time since I have walked around my lovely neighborhood. Since I started my doctoral classes this semester, I have not had ANY time for walks or any other kind of activities for the soul. I admit that my life right now consists of the following three things: my teaching job (which I absolutely love), three doctoral courses (which I also absolutely love), and taking care of the house (wait for it, which I absolutely love).
I have bailed out of our Speak to Me group meeting last night – because of my tremendously complex and huge paper. In reality, there are three papers that are due at the end of the semester: a 10 page essay on the history of American Higher Education, a 10 page literature review on affirmative action policy in college admissions, and (oh God) a 25 page faculty personnel paper… The first one is done. The other two are in progress and I feel like I am in good place with both. But: IT IS SO MUCH WORK!! :)
An abundance of acorns keeps squirrels happy and busy
This morning I finally carved out time for my morning walk and snapped some pictures of my neighborhood as I was walking. Autumn in New Jersey is the loveliest time of year, I am certain. Such crispness of air, slow rustle of leaves, smell of burning wood, colorful decorations on my neighbors’ houses, acorns crunching under your feet, pumpkins everywhere…
I finished my walk with a hearty bowl of oatmeal with fresh apple, honey, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Today’s walk has made me realize yet again how privileged I am. And for that, I am grateful.
Very few cars – still early
Our street, I love the quietness of it…
Black bats on our mailbox :)
Lovely foliage on neighbor’s front tlawn
Ghosts on our property. Don’t worry, they are friendly :)
Pumpkins and mums – what else do you need? :)
Leaves, leaves everywhere! The minute you clean them up, it looks like before! :)
Majestic sequoias on our street
The sound of rustling leaves is priceless…
Our own “national park” ;)
Main Avenue – just love the colors!
Our neighbor’s awesome decorations. Happy Halloween! :)
A beautiful Victorian on Main Avenue
The combination of fall leaves and blue sky is astounding
LOVE their house! :) Haven’t met them yet
An old tree stump at the intersection
Our backyard looks so different from summer
Hearty, healthy, heavenly oatmeal. perfect for any fall morning
Please share some pictures of your town in the fall, I’d love to check them out! Have a delightful weekend!