this weekend

We had arborists on site yesterday, taking down a dead tree and dead branches. It's the first real radical change we've made to this house, and everything is a little brighter. It's a preview of the months ahead, when all the leaves will go and our tree-shaded home will fill with clear winter light. 

Thinking of winter makes me feel like there is so much to do: re-evaluate doormats, lay in a supply of chicken stock, eat Concord grapes, hang the pictures, take out the wool blankets, make sure we have enough pillows for building reading forts, research heat tape for the roof, pot mums, find winter coats and first boots, make Christmas presents, return the library books and about 100 other things. 

Happy weekend.