The calendar might not concur but we’ve climbed onto Winter’s shoulder…yesterday we had a slushy snowfall and the roads were “greezy” for the first time since last April.
As usual time, has flown by and the “to-do” list hasn’t gotten shorter but the notes are different. Instead of 1) check cleaning supplies, 2) find out why the mugs for the store haven’t come in yet and 3) organize the puzzles in the rec hall etc, now the list reads 1) pull picnic tables in need of repair, 2) fill the waterlines with anti-freeze and 3) mulch the carrots & parsnips before the deep frost.
This past month has been devoted to closing down the campground, putting the gardens to bed, catching up with old friends, filling the barn with 2013 campfire wood and making certain that we’ll be snug and comfortable when the snow starts to fly.
I’ve said it hundred’s of times and yet it still surprises me, we spend 5 months opening and closing the park, 5 months enjoying our guests and 2 months fluffing, planning, chattering and planting the ideas that will sprout someday.
When I watch the squirrels scurry across the deck, trying to catch just a claw full of chickadee suet, and then race along the top of the fence to add more acorns to their stash before the goats eat them all, I’m struck by two things…their activities aren’t very different from ours and though they work harder than we do, you never see a tired squirrel…are they smarter than us?