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

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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