It was the summer of epic veterinary bills. Thankfully it was nothing tragic, just puppy stuff and senior dog maintenance. Expensive, these dogs, but worth every penny.
It was the summer the yard turned to sand. What little grass that remained became infested with grubworms. Even the artemesia bush, the one I cut the tip of my finger off while pruning, died and I dug the remains of the poor thing out of the ground today.
It was the summer we could not find a house in our corner of Colorado.
But today....today the temps barely reached 75 degrees. The light was thinner, paler, and the leaves have just begun to turn color.
There is hope.
We hope for rain. We hope for snow. By next summer we hope to have the permanent getaway house in Colorado.
Tonight, as the sun went down, there were the tiniest wisps of clouds on the western horizon.