Sep 27, 2006 at 4:51 PM

It's harvest time here. Beautiful morning dew chills the air, fog drifts in each morning, and then suddenly it all lifts to remind us that the nice summer weather is not quite gone yet. The apples are plucked from the trees, the pears are all gone (predatory creatures ate most of them this year - including my step-mom), and there remain thousands of apples to be picked.

Marie (the aforementioned step-mom) made the most amazing apple-ginger sauce which we poured over ice cream (in my case, over sugar-free ice cream) and all ooohed and aaahed over it. It was amazing.

If these kinds of things are the reward for giving up city life, then I'm glad.

I have been taking horse back riding lessons lately. Training in the roundpen and loose saddles and sore legs are worth it when you have reached the top of a hill and can see the entire universe from atop your horse.

I am discovering the joys of being a country girl. I miss those of you that are far away, but I can't help but revel in the beauty that surrounds me here.