If I was asked to sum up my autumn in one word, that word would be “travel.” I might also throw in “exciting,” “exhausting,” and “Nebraska could at least have different colors of cows.” Writing had to take a bit of a back seat.
After various family members visited during October, I helped my good friend Kendra pack up her stuff and move back to Colorado in preparation for her new adventures. And by “helped” I mean I sat around talking while she packed, and then helplessly rode shotgun in her manual-transmission car while lobbying for expensive lunch breaks. And yes, we had lots of fun. We took a circuitous route to see various friends and family members, and we got to stop at the Missouri Botanical Garden!
There was a whole lot less in bloom in late October than there was when Taylor and I visited in August, and it was a lot more chilly, but we survived. We also discovered two sections of the garden I’d missed before. A large Japanese section, and a smaller one that we think was Turkish, possibly Ottoman. . . . But there was this fabulous enormous chair, and we took turns trying to fill it up with personality. (No small feat on a cold day!) I think I won.