Autumn has always been my most favorite time of year. I'm always happy when it arrives and sad to see it go.
It begins with the light changing and moving in different patterns through the house
There is a slowing and fewer things to gather in my skirt when I go out to the garden
Big, empty webs fill spaces
Garden spiders are still busy, but as the nights grow cooler, they are seen less and less
There are hints of the fire hidden within the green
Candy corn shows up on store shelves (I eat them by nibbling off the white tips and working my way down)
The porch is decorated for the littlies we hope will come knocking at our door
One day we wake up and the maple tree is crowned in fire
The bradford pear turns plum and chartreuse
Hubby nudges me to take photos so he can get the leaves mulched
And finally bright oranges, reds and golden yellows give way to silvery bareness
The birds and squirrels (and a raccoon or two) pick the feeders empty - such hungry little hearts...
Swirly sapphire skies and balmy yellow sunlight fill the days
while peachy marigold sunsets take one's breath away
and fire reflects in the small lake across the street, framed in silver
Feather misty moon sails across chilly night skies
and brings with it a dusting of frost on flowers, grass...
and the tiny garden...putting it to sleep for the winter.
On a grey, wet day of fat, falling snowflakes, it is time to break out my favorite apron and beloved family recipes
And give truth to this:
A corner cabinet becomes "Command Central"
While sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cranberries and cherries simmer happily
There is mess after beautiful mess to clear
so that one can begin again
Filling the house with the delicious scent of rosemary, bay leaves and sage.
The table is set
A visit to the herb garden to find hidden behind what is left of the mints - rosemary cut and hung from the chandelier to fill the room with scent
Family heirlooms are brought out of cabinets and hutches
to be touched and held and the stories told once again...
The pies are done and set to cool
Pumpkin and Cherry...
The turkey is brought out of the oven
and everyone gathers at the table - so much to be thankful for, hearts overflowing - thankful for one another, for life, for the rolls, turkey, stuffing and more before us.
Wine is poured, blessing said, toasts made and as the sun drops below the horizon in one last flash of orange, autumn draws to a close.
breathe in...breathe out...
And now...now December's story begins...