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The Quiet Dark

I took a bath, last night, for the first time since probably April. Candlelight, bath salts, and plenty of hot water in the short, deep soaking tub. It's a lot like the ship's tub we'd had installed in the master bath of our Redmond house, where space was at a premium and I really wanted a bath that would take a minimal amount of water. I don't like using that much water just for my comfort and when the tub is small and narrower, but deep, I displace enough water that it takes less than if I took a shower to get a good long soak in.

I needed it, as the weather has turned cold. The leaves froze and turned their colors, and are now going brown at the tops of the trees as they die completely. The wind howled and buffeted against the walls and windows by the bath, even as I soaked in my quiet. This morning most of the trees were denuded of most of their leaves, and the front yard was filled again with leaves.

"I just vacuumed yesterday," John said ruefully as we walked back to the house after dropping Jet off at the bus. The leaves crunched underfoot and the air was sharp with cold.

No mist of our breaths, though, there's so little humidity here that it just evaporates.

John spent a day getting all the dead tomato plants pulled up, the dead and curled up zucchini plants yielded a half dozen fingerling fruit. There's a tub of green tomatoes now ripening in the garage. The raspberries, hearty plants that they are, are still ripening berries, and Jet goes to pick them every other afternoon.

I pulled all the onions that had pushed themselves out of the ground, the carrots are still out there, monster-sized, and will only be sweeter with a freeze or two. The herb box came in last night.

So winter is on its way, and the garden is now prepped for it. My garlic didn't come up at all, so I may have to plant more now for next year. But then I didn't do that good a job of watering things first thing in the spring this year. So a lot of my seed starts didn't, like the onions.

The chopped up leaves from the front yard now cover everything. It'll keep the chives and onions alive for the winter.

Jet and I went through my bundle of kimono and haori from my share of a remnants bundle I bought more than a decade ago. There's a brown haori with the arrows of the Shogun on it that fits him just fine, and it'll go over just about anything he can wear. I don't have a traditional obi, but he's not going to be wearing it traditionally, either. *laughs* It's close enough to a kimono for him. It's all silk, inside and out, and I half wonder how well it'll hold up at the Boy Scouts' party on Friday, it's solid and thick, but the sleeves are going to get into everything. I half wonder if I should figure out how to tie his sleeves up with a string.

But he's really proud of it, so I may not.

I got to handle and look at the other kimono as well as the sheer black haori with the white mons on the back, that shows patterns through the cloth. There's one midnight blue kimono with silver thread shot through flowers of white. A kimono with all the reds, golds, and oranges of the sunset I'd seen the other night. Another furosode of mint green with flowers twined among temples. I should probably wear one of them for Halloween as well, with leggings and a turtleneck underneath, I suspect, just to be warm enough.

The bath warmed me through, and made for a really good night's sleep. After the drive and a night being completely unable to sleep, it was nice to finally sleep so deeply I didn't wake up until the alarm went off to get Jet to school on time.

I should do that again, soon.
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Those Kimono sound really pretty. Do you have pics? Would you be willing to share?
Hm. I don't have pics. I could take some and share. Hm... probably between stages on the pumpkin pie today. *laughs*
Well I haven't had a bath since the last time I gave birth. :P It sounds lovely and your special low water usage tub sounds the win. I've heard that the average bath takes less water than the average shower.

Winter really is just around the corner. We had snow yesterday. O_O

Yes do wear one of your kimonos for Halloween and show us pics of you and Jet :DD

Mmm... yeah, I believe the first.

Woo! Snow!!! O_O

Hee. I will, then. It's good that folks are interested.
Two words: cold frame.

You can start everything in February that way - oh wait! You live in Colorado - nevermind.

In other news, I would love to take a bathe with you - we could listen to the wind together. Nothing funny. o_o
Actually, I do start lots of stuff in February, but most of it inside. A cold frame would be wonderful, too.

Heh. If you wanted nothing funny we have a hot tub out back. A little chlorinated, though, so quick showers after, but swim suits are good for just soaking and listening to the wind...

Hey, did the box get to you? The delivery confirmation said a notice was left on the 18th... but I wanted to make sure you got it, as I've got insurance and everything. *laughs*

Sometimes I just put green or oolong or jasmine tea leaves in the bottom, screw on the sieve, and add hot water, and sip all day, adding hot water as I need it. *laughs*

It's how my mom and dad used to drink tea, but they'd just put the leaves in their mug straight and strain out the leaves with their teeth. I like it better when I don't have to do the work.

But it's based on a 'traveling' tea cup design that's all over China.
Those kimonos sound rather beautiful. I would love to see pictures. *smiles* a bath sounds wonderful right now...gotta find a new place to live with different water first. Allergies to something in it are so annoying.
*Snuggles* sounds like you are busy.
Yeah, that would be annoying to be allergic to the water!

I'm definitely trying to fill my days with stuff I enjoy. It's more fun that way.
Yeah, very much so. Can't wait until I find less evil water *laughs*

Sounds more fun right now my days are filled with job gathering meetings, but I did find a Zen mediation class at the church I am sorting to go to so I figured I would try it out.
I do love your posts... They're so nice and sweet and... I don't know, they're just really nice.

It sounds wonderful to all work in the garden like that together. I should get my mom to let/make the bunch of us help too... I mean, she's always too busy to finish and than she has to do it in the very few free hours she has. If everyone helps things could be done so much quicker and it would be fun too...

I would love to see pictures of Jet in his haori and the other kimono's and haori...
It is better to all work in the garden together. Jet really likes helping, too, and he has his own work gloves, and he loves pulling the carrots up as they're so HUGE. *laughs*

I'm glad you enjoy my life posts. I started journaling in 1997 to do just this, write about the good parts of my life so that it's easier for me to remember that there *are* good parts. Otherwise I gets depressed too quickly.