And what season is it? I wonder. What is the temperature like? Is the fireplace crackling? Are the windows open? Can I smell grass and hay, or leaves, or firewood? Can I hear birds, crickets, or night frogs?
I also meticulously investigate every aspect of my body—sensing all the extra aches, pinches, and sags—and guess that I’m older now, too, but perhaps not as old as I might be if I were in my 80s or 90s. I also like to suss out the state of my mind by investigating my body: am I agitated, stressed, content? What clues are hidden there?