Monday ushers in fall, a time that for many of us brings a beautiful but fast-changing landscape. I love Autumn but also welcome every season. Maybe in a few years I will seek out warmer weather year-round, but right now I need the constantly transitioning outdoors and all of the associations this holds for me.
Located in the mid-Atlantic, I love fall because of what it offers the sensory system — the cool crisp temperatures that allow us to open the windows and turn off the AC, the foliage, wearing sweaters but not coats, visiting my big kids in their storybook college towns, not worrying that my beagles will overheat, tailgating at football games…and such.
But of course, there is the fall that we all appreciate no matter our location, that offers unlimited possibilities for the next months and year, reuniting with friends after we have gone in different directions over the summer, knowing that our kids are academically engaged and hard at work, regaining control of our houses because kids are back at school, and looking forward to hosting or visiting family for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, etc.
I like shopping for the house most in the fall and finding interesting projects that will add pops of color in anticipation of our diminishing daylight hours.
Maybe if we have another crazy winter like last I will change my tune about loving the seasonal changes, but for now, bring on the fall!
(Shown in the image from top left and clockwise, wreath from http://www.pinterest.com/source/liljorochtulpaner.blogspot.se/; casserole from Williams-Sonoma; pie from http://www.pinterest.com/source/urbanbakes.wordpress.com/; pumpkins from Pottery Barn; gourd wreath from Villoroy & Boch; Autumn Log Centerpiece from http://www.hometalk.com/; leaf cookies from Country Living; napkin rings from Williams-Sonoma and painted acorns from www.homestoriesatoz.com)