Fall is around us now. Rain fell on the earth last night followed by fat snowflakes. Everything around us is dying now, the trees are almost all dormant for the winter to come, the grass is fading to a dingy green and the garden in undercover for winter as well. The bugs are mostly gone and the outside animals are finding their winter homes. I welcome the cooler temperatures and the quiet colors of the winter to come. I am thankful that the hot summer days are over and once the end of winter arrives I will be again looking forward to the newness of the spring to come. Until then I will dream of the next snowfall and hope that it sticks around for longer than one morning.