1. The way the red leaves of a vine look against the bark of trees
2. Two old guys talking in front of the feed store up the road, leaning against their trucks with their weathered faces topped by baseball caps, with flannel shirts tucked into faded jeans pulled up an inch too high to be trendy.
3 Early dismissal for the kids on Lily's birthday. We waved to grandpa driving the bus, watched Orianna bring Lily out who was wearing her birthday crown, said goodbye to Mrs. Devins who is retiring today, waited for Livie and Tori and then went to their house for lunch. Lily got to have poutine from the store for lunch, since it is her favorite thing ever. Daddy got to come have some poutine with us, which made it even better! We then spent a nice, quiet afternoon with the workers, Mom (who had a queasy stomach), Livie, Tori, and Dad when he got home. Mom was saying what a luxury it was to be home in the middle of the week. And it is true. To be with people you love, in the middle of the week, relaxing (or recouping) at home is decadence. Like you have things figured out that other people don't. And when it is a tumbling cloud and sunshine sort of cool fall day it is even better.
4. Jobs. Being somewhat independent is a little worrying--where will next weeks money come from? But it seems like lately, as soon as he finishes one job, someone says, Hey, I need some things done. Reassuring.
5. This picture. It cracks me up each time I look at it. Her hair standing up, her squinched up nose, her burbley mouth, her happiness. I love it.