The view from my new office continued to astonish me; it seemed odd that everyone else in the company wasn't lined up at the windows the way I was, although to be fair I was trying to downplay my awe, in the way New Yorkers are trained to do. At home, Dante and Zephyr seemed less than astonished as I showed them the images on my cell phone. "I'm angry, leave me alone." -- Elektra To clear the air, we went to the garden. There were more important things to worry about, like flying snakes. And whether anyone made socks designed to be worn with flip-flops. Zephyr heard a suspicious noise. It was nothing but the wind in the trees. It was unsually warm for mid-October, but it was difficult to complain. The toad lilies were finally blooming. As were the anemones, which had made something of a comeback after spending a few years in the dark. Ever since we pruned the birch, there's light everywhere. The grape leaves were the first to turn yellow this year. We went for a walk, where we admired the contrast between the blue sky and a nearby apartment building. The limestone mansions of Jumel Terrace were also enjoying the afternoon sun. The asters in the garden were blooming. While the old brick shed prepared to unlock some ghosts for Halloween.