This is the newest of asters to bloom( picture below) a tiny flower about 1/2 inch across. Many of you have said how you enjoy these so I posted a few pics of mostly asters, which vary in color even with the same varieties. They are a fall bloomer and tell me summer is almost gone.I haven't shared a prairie story for a few weeks so thought I would post one of those today. Over the weekend I stopped at a Amish cheese shop and got some Prairie Breeze cheese.
Having married and moved to their new home while everything was frozen, she thought back to that season when their life started together. So much had changed around them and within their own lives. There had been many times she wished maybe to have been back in the city, but by now she had fallen in love with this beautiful land, and the people that lived around them.
They followed the tracks up the well-worn path and then up the frozen stream. The heifer was stuck in the ice, and had pretty much given up trying to get out, exhausted fully. He ran back to get a horse and ropes, while she lay next to it in the frigid night, offering motherly advice, When they got back to the barn her clothes were frozen and she was chilled to the bone, but had saved meat for their table.
He fixed her some tea and started heating water for a bath. She got out of the filthy clothes and bundled up under all the quilts in their room. It reminded her of making tents with these same spreads. The smell was still there. The warm water soothed her aches, and they talked about their parent’s similar exploits. Sharing family heritage soothed her nerves, she was the historian and always liked to review the facts. The stars listened and nodded always aware of how we are all living happily. They kept each other warm all night, never fully warding off the chill, but not caring.
That morning she carried him coffee while he mended the fence. The coil reeled back and cut down the side of his face deeply. She took him home and sewed the cut with her smallest needle. It took fourteen stitches, but this stopped the bleeding better. They were hours from a doctor, and had little cash to use for payment. He wasn’t sure what hurt worse, but thanked her caring attitude. She finished the fence and they laughed the pain away.
The next few days he took it easy, helping her decorate the house for the holiday. The gaiety of their spirits soared to new heights, having found a little bit of new in each other sharing and caring. The days spun around each other and shared the spirit to calm the harsh prairie wind. The sun came out and warmed them as they gathered wood for a fire, she slipped and dropped her armful. He placed them all on his, proud to help her out and show his prowess. He stumbled on the last piece and she picked all the wood up and carried it to the house, smiling the biggest smile. This smile trickled past his face, on a gentle prairie breeze.