After several weeks down in the grading pit, I am thankful to be finished with first drafts of student papers and to have climbed out into the light. I still have two more weeks of school this semester (one last week of classes and then final exams), but the hardest work is behind me. I’m hoping to get back to a more regular blogging schedule in the weeks to come.
Two days after I finished the last of the first drafts, I got home to Maine for Thanksgiving. When I arrived on Tuesday night, it was slowing lightly, with about 1/2 inch of snow on the ground and a coating of white on trees and plants. But when I woke up the next morning, it was raining hard, the temperature was about 50 F, and the snow had disappeared. The rain was followed by another cold front, bringing unseasonable cold (high temperature here today was in the low 20s).
It was fun to get out in the sunshine yesterday and tour the garden to see what was happening. All the flowers in my garden are gone, of course, but I found this evidence that Rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne’ kept blooming to the bitter end. And buds on rhododendron are already whispering promises of spring.
At this time of year, when they are not competing with colorful flowers, the pine and hemlock trees seem especially beautiful.
In addition to being thankful that the hardest work of this last heavy teaching semester is behind me, I am also thankful to have this wonderful spot in the Maine woods to come home to. I am looking forward very much to being able to live here full time in just a few short months.