Yesterday was extraordinary. Temperature in the mid 80s and that light that looks honey colored, soft and warm and just perfect. A wonderful temperature and a day to be savored. With that said, I really doubt that we'll be seeing any more 80 degree days in 2014...that would be too much to ask.
And there were little (or big) symbolic activities that appeared yesterday that told me, yes, we are switching into late fall and looking toward winter. The soybean fields that have been a quiet playground for my dogs to run around in, with their tails raised high and their noses to the ground, have now been harvested. Yesterday was quite the day for it around here, and in one of the fields the farmer was hard at work with his lights on continuing to run the field after dark. Why not, really. A perfect day moves on to a perfect evening and they are saying rain perhaps for today.
The guys at the crab house drove by with their pick ups heavily loaded with crab pots. It's over. The season is really over. Had I been driving by the crab house I'm sure I would have seen them with stacks of the pots as they hosed them down getting them ready for winter storage. There's just no question that there is a shift all the way around.
I was reminded yesterday evening as well, at how connected we all are even as we go about our daily activities. In the late afternoon I went to the store for dinner and then on to the post office and finally to Garners Produce to drop off a bucket that was loaned to me when I picked flowers a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I had tried to see the Wallops Island take off on Monday evening, as I'm sure many others had, and of course with no launch there was nothing to view. A phone message from him greeted me after I was finished with my business at Garners and knowing that 6:22 was it, I drove quickly (didn't speed I'm sure) to get to a location that had a broad, broad view of the sky in the correct direction. I pulled over off of Newland Road and got my bearings. This was just a minute or two before the 6:22 moment. And as I jumped out of the car and checked my phone's compass I realized that the man who was harvesting soybeans in the field in front of me was stopped and was looking the same direction as I. He paused for those same couple of minutes and then with nothing happening, he continued on his way. I returned home to the news of the launch failure and the many photos on the news.
Now we focus on what to do next. Do houses need to be winterized? Are people starting to get distracted thinking about the holidays? In ways this time gets quiet, but in other ways there are some buyers who have been looking for quite some time and this is a time when they think they can get a deal. It may be correct on their part. It may not. All depends on the sellers circumstances and what they can and can not do.
Well another beautiful day, just not quite what yesterday was. I'm going with one of my agents to walk a couple of large acreage lots that really need to be seen to be understood. That's just a fact in real estate, you may have seen photos of a lot or a house, but until you are there and on the ground, there's really no way to fully understand.