I went out this morn­ing for my daily run/walk. I say “run/walk.” I used to say “run.” Now I say “run/walk.” It’s really “walk.” I am still in denial about the whole knee pain situation.

Any­way, I digress.

I went out this morn­ing for my daily run/walk. Most days I lis­ten to books via Audi­ble on my iPhone while I run/walk because a good book with a com­pelling sto­ry­line and a tal­ented reader who keeps me hang­ing on every word makes me want to keep run/walking so I don’t have to go inside and work/work. It’s a fab­u­lous way to procrastinate/procrastinate and still feel a wee bit vir­tu­ous. I’m read­ing and exer­cis­ing! In fact, I am pretty much on track to fin­ish 100 Kin­dle, tra­di­tional and audio­books this year as part of my Goodreads goal.

fall in the potager

Lemon grass and pineap­ple sage salvia in the potager — October

This morn­ing I had to fum­ble a bit before get­ting Audi­ble up and run­ning. (Thank you iOS 7 for mak­ing me add a pass­word.) While I was mash­ing vir­tual but­tons on the minus­cule screen with­out ben­e­fit of my read­ing glasses, I ran/walked sev­eral yards, not look­ing at the first thing except that tiny screen.

Sud­denly it hit me. Smoke. Specif­i­cally, wood smoke from someone’s fireplace.

Now, I’m not big into fire­places with smoke because of sen­si­tive sinuses and a strong ten­dency to get painful sinus infec­tions when exposed to smoke of any sort. But small doses of out­side smoke from some­one else’s fire­place a half mile away is rather nice. It says, “Fall!” It says, “Time to reflect and slow down.” It says, “Drink some hot choco­late and take a nap!”

It’s a smell with dozens of asso­ci­a­tions from child­hood and from the hap­pi­est (and a few sad) times of my life. That smell was accom­pa­nied by the nature music of my feet brush­ing aside the fallen leaves as I walked up the driveway.

Slow down!” I said to myself. (But don’t stop running/walking!)

I put away the iPhone and looked at the mosaic of colors—red, yel­low, brown, green and every color of fall, punc­tu­ated by the occa­sional, fear­less rose, salvia and celosia.

celosia cock's comb

Celosia–commonly called cock’s comb–in the potager

If I could bot­tle up that fan­tas­ti­cal com­bi­na­tion of smell, sound, fresh air, color—and the rush of the run/walk—I would be richer than Oprah.

Alas, no one has fig­ured out how to cap­ture the magic of Mother Nature, although artists, pho­tog­ra­phers, musi­cians and per­fumers still try.

But I am still rich. I am rich because I can appre­ci­ate the gifts Mother Nature hands out for free to any­one will­ing to pause in their run/walk through life and appre­ci­ate it.




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9 Responses to “A Pause in the Run/Walk Through Life”

  1. Kat @ Low Tide High Style Says:

    What a lovely post Robin! This week­end has been beau­ti­ful and hope­fully this week will be as well.


  2. Gail Says:

    A lovely read and then there are those delight­ful pho­tos. gail

  3. Kylee from Our Little Acre Says:

    And the peo­ple said, “Amen.”

  4. Layanee Says:

    Beau­ti­ful, Robin. I just took a walk/ramble (much slower than a run/walk)and what did I see? Munched leaves and hosta look­ing remark­ably like cel­ery ready to pick. I have had help with prun­ing this fall. Thank you Bambi and friends. I will go out later and look for beau­ti­ful things. Rich, indeed!

  5. Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening Says:

    Wow! That celosia! I am glad you stopped to smell the woodsmoke, if not the roses. Hope your knee gets better.

  6. Diane Says:

    Lovely shots and thoughts Robin. Glad to see your won­der­ful pineap­ple sage still bloom­ing. We had a hard a killing frost here a week ago, which sent mine to heaven. I had no idea they would get so tall, as I planted three in my small cir­cle herb bed. Next sea­son they will be set out in the deep shrub bor­der.
    Happy fall to you!

  7. Blake the Seed Ball Doctor Says:

    The but­ter­flies must LOVE your gar­den. the Salvia and Celosia are amaz­ing. Your pho­tos are great, also. They cap­ture the time of day very nicely, espe­cially the one with the light through the trees and the lemon­grass.
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Charlie@Seattle Trekker Says:

    I try to aver­age a 5 mile walk each day. I have iden­ti­fied the streets with the best gar­dens and set a pace that won’t make my knee sour and that I can still iden­tify the plants that come into view; it has been some time since I used the word run…I really enjoyed your photos.

  9. Dee Nash (@reddirtramblin) Says:

    This was so good and so true. We are all rich if we pause and take it all in. I, too, love Audi­ble, but I’m not as far along as you are. ~~Dee