It’s in the air.

Coming up this Wednesday, Fall officially (in the eyes of this Earth, that is) begins. Around these parts, you can feel it in the air. And you can see it all around…

Like in the trees that are starting to change:

And almost as soon as they sport their brilliant colors, fall too quickly to the ground.

The pumpkins in the garden are just about ready for harvest (if the deer don’t find them first):

Pie, or Jack o'Lantern? Decisions, decisions...

And the apples from the tree, so tart they make the tastebuds in the back of your mouth stand at attention, are just the right size for snacking:

Fall is one of those seasons that makes me so glad there are four seasons; and that we live where we do, so we can experience, however briefly and sweetly, the transition from the very warm days to the very cold ones.

There’s a little sense of urgency that comes with Fall — things to cross off the to-do list before Mother Nature decides that time’s up and we’re back indoors for a few months. The roster of menu items gets refreshed, as we reacquaint ourselves with some old comfortable cookbooks and search out new recipes (Summer squash bread, anyone? I might be trying that soon, to help make use of some abnormally large ones that grew in the garden this year).

Also, I usually try to get some obscure corner of the house super-organized (usually the victim of neglect as we spend as much time as we can outside in the Summer months) in the Fall. Whether or not I’ll get to it this year remains to be seen, but that won’t stop me from trying! I do have an area in mind – and it involves some labeling…

So this Wednesday, raise your own cup of cheer in honor of the Autumnal Equinox – think about what Fall activities you love to do, and then make time to enjoy them. Hopefully before the first snowflakes fill the air…which, in all honesty, could happen about two weeks later.


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