This weekend it was time for our clocks to ‘fall’ back; so autumn must have arrived. Summer was slow to cool down. Even in October we were experiencing temperatures in the 80’s. Recently the nighttime temperatures abruptly dropped to the 30’and 40’s.
During the day it has still been quite pleasant with temps in the low 70’s and high 60’s. Now our trees are losing their leaves which are now covering the streets with yellow and brown leaves that crunch under your feet as you walk.
At least in the city, we are not seeing the vibrant colors that might be observed in New England; guess the trees are just not the right types. But as the branches become bare it seems very much like fall. Horse Chestnuts litter the ground as well. I doubt that we have seen so many since we were children. And as the temperatures drop we are anxiously waiting for our building to turn on the heat.
There was a notice in the paper that the central heat plant would provide heat to the city on Monday (today.) However, each building has to turn something on to access it. So far we still have cold radiators. Luckily we have a small space heater to keep us warm until then.
We are amazed at how quickly our first year has passed. At this time in 2011 we were making our final preparations to enter the MTC to begin our missionary service. Although time is passing as quickly as ever, we are enjoying this phase of less pressure and stress. On Sunday evening instead of feeling sad that the weekend is coming to an end, we are excited at the prospect of getting back to the office in the morning. Missionary service brings more meaning to the scripture, “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”
We are enjoying this season of service; whether the trees are green, yellow, or totally bare it is just the right season!
Love Elder & Sister Segeberg