I love this time of year, where the air is crisp and the smell of wood burning in the fireplaces fill the air. The ground tends to have an earthy smell to it as there are no flowers to compete with it right now. Bare trees are like organic sculptures much like the big, beautiful curly willow tree in our backyard where you can really admire the winding shapes of the branches at this time of year. In a few months time they will soon be shrouded with leaves and we will have to wait until next Fall to see those shapes again, but for now they are on full display for us to enjoy.
Another thing I love about this time of year is with the leaves off the trees, sounds carry so much further and you are able to hear the birdsong so clearly in the mornings and the calls of roaming coyotes at night. The coyote calls have a haunting sound to them that at times can be a little scary, however I remind myself they are simply talking to each other across the distances. You see we back up to an expanse of connected golf courses that weave their way through the neighborhoods and with the Arkansas river close by, it serves as a highway of sorts for the coyotes and other wildlife to safely move around. Being close to nature is one of the things I love most about living in this part of Broken Arrow, OK and I find it gives me a peace that seems to have eluded me for many years.
As we move into 2020, I am glad to leave the last year behind us as it was very tumultuous and bittersweet. One filled with health scares, cross country moves, new job opportunities, a new town with new friends, but the sadness of having to leave old ones behind, as well as family. It is truly a new adventure for my husband Steve and I and one we have never looked back on, because from the moment we came to Broken Arrow it has felt like home, and the more time we spend here the more it solidifies that feeling. The people are kind and generous and everything moves at a comfortable, not frantic pace. The weather to us is absolutely perfect! Having come from hot and sunny Florida, four seasons was never an option and we are both looking forward to seeing snow this Winter and blossoms on the trees in Spring. There may be challenges that face us this year as well, that’s just life, but there will also be opportunities and I feel we are better equipped to handle anything good or bad as long as we are here, together. I am excited about 2020 and will continue to share my journey into it with all of you, my fellow flower fanatics!