Saturday, September 29, 2012

Celebrating the first week of fall.


I love seasons.

I think it was such a brilliant plan to have them-
it just calls us into deeper intentionality with life;
these specific joys, we can know only once a year.

Today marks one week that it has been officially Autumn (the season of coziness, and thus clearly my favorite)...
I have not wanted to waste a minute.

I packed in as many elementary-schoolers, orange yarn, and colorful felt
as could fit in my living room
and we made fall-leaf garlands!





I am happily clothed in boots, scarves, and all shades of red, orange and gold...




I've been joyfully taking note of all the bits of fall showing up around town...







I decorated my house with pumpkins today!!

(It occurred to me after I was already too excited not to buy them
that this was a lot of pumpkins to buy when I had walked to the store...)





The candles throughout my home are currently scented:
pumpkin spice, pumpkin buttercream, hazelnut coffee, and french vanilla.
And are frequently lit.




I made one of my favorite autumn meals for the Fawvers when they came over for dinner last night.
Quinoa with apples, cranberries, and grapes... so good, easy, healthy, and fall-ish.

Adding blue cheese on top makes it pretty amazing.
(Bree my love, note the spoon :-))

The trees aren't in full orange glory yet, but there is a definite golden tinge to our town.





It was an excellent and fully autumnal first week of fall.

This week: definitely baking something with pumpkin,
and beginning to sew Halloween costumes for several of my small friends.

Anyone want to go apple-picking?

4 comments:

Lynn said...

I just adore you! You do such a great job of noticing and enjoying the small things, and it helps me to also. I MISS you.

Lynn :)

Emily said...

Lynnnnn, I love you so much. We need to talk. I want to hear about your kids this year!! xoxo

inpursuitofatoolbox said...

OH, you just made me so excited for my favorite season. Gotta head to the farmer's market soon for those pumpkins -and boots are the best!

Kim said...

I do so love fall. It's been unseasonably warm here so far, but I'm ready to bust out the jeans and sweaters next week. We went for a bike ride today, and the crunch of leaves on the trail makes my heart go pitter-patter. ;)

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