“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” ~ Truman Capote
Autumn is definitely my spring. With a dash of the new year, too. I suppose it’s a mix of spring and January 1st. With autumn comes the urge to revisit and reassess my yearly goals, creating new ones if need be. I itch to clean out my cupboards and closets, wash the windows, and freshen up the house for the holidays (which will arrive in the blink of an eye).
To welcome this beautiful season, I cleaned up and pulled out a few decorations yesterday. My husband and Munchie are big fans of seasonal & holiday décor. So while they took the boat out for a bay cruise, I dusted and uncluttered the first floor, adding bits of autumnal warmth here and there. I set the table with the woodland creatures china shown above (the plate beneath the napkin has deer on them–I love deer).
I added a bit of décor to the front porch as well. Hung this fall greetings sign next to the door. Put out my pumpkin doormat. My Mary Engelbreit autumn yard flag has been on display for a couple of weeks. Guilty. I’ve always loved walking by homes that seem to call out gently, “Hi there, you! Come on in for a chat by the fire. A cup of tea? A slice of pie perhaps?” I like attempting to give that warm welcome to friends who stop by and to offer a nice “hello!” to passersby.
I debated whether I should leave my pilgrim friends packed away until November. But Munchie smiled widely when she came home to them and began suggesting places for them to sit. So they’re perched on the mantel and there they will stay until Thanksgiving passes. I’m making an effort to be grateful daily. That sounds so easy, doesn’t it? I can get easily distracted by the things that upset me, annoy me, are a nuisance or a stress. These little pilgrims will be a good remember for me to count my blessings and Be Grateful each day.
Today Munchie said, “Yesterday was the FIRST day of autumn so that means today we should eat something that’s like autumn.” So after school I baked our favorite pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I’ll share the recipe with you later. 🙂
“But then fall comes, kicking summer out… as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” ~ Stephen King
That’s the heart of this season for me. Comfort. Family, friends, crisp air; a feeling that autumn is preparing us for something rich and meaningful. The suggestion of layered and gratifying days. And the anticipation of heartening and content nights. Here’s to autumn, friends. To making the best of these days, to finding spring in the soul of fall. ♥