That quote from my debut novel, INCONCEIVABLE!, captures so much of what I love about the fall. (Yes, I know this whole post has a whiff of “basic white girl” but I don’t care. I’ve decided to embrace it.) Autumn is a time of peace, preparation for winter weather and the holidays, and a beautiful season of transition. Now that September is here, I’ve put together an Ode to Autumn . Hope you enjoy, and let me know what you love about this season.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!
Aside from the distinctive feel and smell of autumn’s air, pumpkins are the most obvious sign of the season’s arrival. I kind of love that these festive gourds pull double duty as both decor and a delicious ingredient. Because I’m all about easy when it comes to making food, I love whipping up a batch of pumpkin whip. It has very few calories, but is so delicious.
One of the reasons I love autumn is because there’s a sense of finding and embracing a routine. The hectic summer months are over, the kids are in school, and there’s a kind of turning: turning from busyness to a slower pace, turning from ridiculously hot weather to the calm cool of autumn’s afternoons, and turning from a palette of green to a palette of gold. Taking a stroll down the sidewalk, soaking up the colors of the last leaves lingering on the branches…it doesn’t get better than that.
Preparation for what’s to come
Autumn is a time of transition, a few weeks to prepare for the next busy season and its demands on our time and wallets. Take a few moments to sit on the front porch with a pumpkin spice latte and meditate. Or listen to music. Or read a fabulous book. Just give yourself some quiet time. Admittedly, this is challenging for me with three wee ones running around. But it’s worth setting the goal to have this outside quiet time once a week…as long as the weather allows. Use these peaceful moments to rest and enter the coming season refreshed and ready to go.
What do you love most about this time of year?
Top image via Flickr by Nanagyei
Pumpkin on porch image via Flickr by John Loo
Fall lane via Flickr by joiseyshowaa