Tonight it was a real pleasure taking the dog for a walk. Down the road, where the neighbors keep horses, there must have been two dozen bluebirds resting on the fence. he birds took flight as we approached and when the broke out from shadow to sunlight their vivid blue coloring just popped.
Schnickelfritz caught up with us on his bicycle. Further down the road we discovered a dead snake. I can't be certain what kind it was but it wasn't a copperhead. Fritz asked if he could touch it. He's come a long way since we've moved from our urban home in Indianapolis. He used to be scared of bugs--even the cute ones. Now he wanted to touch a snake carcass. He dismounted his bike, got a stick, and dug a trench to give the snake a decent burial.
It reached almost 72 today--rare for this late in the year. The leaves are as brilliant as they're going to get (actually, they're all expected to fall with the rain this weekend). I had good company. It couldn't get any better.