Autumn living

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” ~ Truman Capote

Autumn Table: Cozycakes Cottage

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).Autumn Table: Cozycakes Cottage

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).

Autumn: Cozycakes Cottage

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.

Autumn: Cozycakes Cottage

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.

Autumn: Cozycakes Cottage

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.  🙂

Autumn: Cozycakes Cottage

“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.  ♥

 

12 thoughts on “Autumn living

    1. I agree, Erin! Might as well see them and enjoy them, right? Maybe I’ll hide them when people come over? LOL no, no, no, I will own my choice. 😉 Have a great day, E!

  1. Love the decorations! I debated on my Pilgrim people too, but since my house would fit in a muffin wrap, I decided to let them rest a few more weeks! I know your house must look lovely! Pour me a cup of tea please! xxoo

    1. Thank you, Judy! How kind of you not to put your pilgrim folk to work yet. 🙂 Tea always waiting for you! xxx Happy Autumn!

  2. How lovely all your decorations are …. and your words warm the heart. I am in the beginning stages .. I did put our autumn door wreath a bit early – just couldn’t wait .. the last few days some pumpkins and a happy little scarecrow deck out our entry table and light up at night – welcoming friends and family inside. Will do some more decorating this weekend after our visit to the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo. Great spots to visit and shop at down there – our granddaughter starting her senior year at Cal Poly.

    1. Hi Judy! I thought I replied to this already. 🙁 In any case, I hope you had a wonderful visit to SLO to the apple farm and to visit your granddaughter. Such a lovely area of the state that is. Your home sounds so cozy and welcoming. I bet it looks darling! Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy these autumn days!

  3. Love this post! I’m with you, Fall is the best time of the year. I feel refreshed and invigorated and inspired when the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to turn! I’d come in for a chat anytime 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, April. A fellow fall-lover! I agree…so inspiring, that dear autumn season. 🙂 You’d be welcome any time! xx

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