While I was driving home from Atlanta on Monday, Ted was beginning the process of water sealing our wooden deck. He finished the upper deck yesterday and started this morning on the lower level. We have to seal the deck to protect the wood from sun damage and the effects of storms. The sealant is also color-stained, so when he is finished our deck will look almost brand new!
Ted finished staining the lower deck this afternoon, and we’re hoping the rain that is forecast will hold off long enough for it to dry overnight.
The water is back up in the lake now that all that extra water from Tropical Storm Ida, which sat over north Georgia for 24 hours, has flowed downstream. When that happens, we have to put up with trashy water as the river brings in everything that it has accumulated on its trip south. With the first windy weather we have, the trash will move on, and we’ll have our beautiful lake back again.
We have very few hardwood trees in our yard. When it comes to fall color on the river, we mostly look to the cypress trees that grow right out of the water. But today I noticed a young hardwood growing next to the fence on the park side of our lot. Its leaves were a rich russet color.
We do have a large number of Pyracantha bushes. They are filled with berries that are just beginning to turn toward the beautiful bright red color they will be by Christmas.
I forgot to tell you that we had another beautiful sunrise this morning! To me, sunrises are always more beautiful in the fall and winter. I don’t know why – are colors affected by cold air maybe? When I worked and drove for 45 minutes into Albany each day, there were many mornings I would be on the road as the sun was coming up over spent cotton or corn fields. The colors on those mornings were breathtaking, and I often thought, “Why don’t you put your camera in the car?” But back then, there were no thoughtx of blogs or recording those snippets of time. Then it was simply get to work, do your job, get home, do it again Now, every sunrise is taken in, every sliver of red and yellow and pink enjoyed and marveled over. What a glorious artist God is!