We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live in urban TX, which by Northeast standards is suburban TX- not a 4-story building in sight. I miss the beauty of the rural NE landscape of my childhood. Walking around my neighborhood, I think BORING compared to walking in the countryside back in NE. I got a different perspective when my SoHo in NYC dwelling cousin visited. She pronounced my neighborhood beautiful. There is a lot more green around here than in NYC. No roses in the snow, but flowers in January. The decorative plants nearby were well chosen for the area, as they stayed green and alive even during the big drought earlier this decade. Green during a drought- yes that is beautiful. No, I don't miss the long winter.
Beautiful stone wall to frame this lovely setting, but such a sad little pumpkin. It is almost as if he is bidding "Adieu" to the warm autumn days in preparation for the big chill of winter. Oh, wait a minute, or was that me. Hold onto the blooms as long as you can.