The sugar maple outside R’s office window – and I can also see it from the kitchen window – is gorgeous when it gets all dressed up for Fall. It seems to gleam in the bright sunshine. The kitchen and office are both at the equivalent height of the second story, so we get to look at the middle of tree. It was just.... well, beautiful, for several days and then.... and then... there was a hard freeze and a brisk wind, and overnight every leaf was on the ground. And now it is a bare naked. Oh well, we’ll enjoy it again when the cycle comes ‘round again in about a year.