I left the house before six this morning. Standing high above the maples, the white pines, the beech and the cherry tree that line the back fence was my old friend Orion. It was so good to see him. Winter won't be far off! Today is the last day of summer. In another month, Orion will be rising on the horizon in the evening. By then, the leaves will have fallen and the fire will crackle in the hearth. I will sit by it and read while enjoying a drink and stopping to toast the wind.