Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Can You Feel It?

Well, it's here. Can you feel it? I can. 

I noticed it about 2 weeks ago when I was watching my son at football practice as I walked through the trees, with the leaves crunching under my feet, breathing in the cool air.

Fall. Already. The leaves are all turning orange and red, making the stroll along "my" river across the street a beautiful, serene outing.

Though I wish it were still to arrive because I'm not quite ready for it yet, I love fall. I love to be snuggled and warm in a fleece shirt and a jacket with the tip of my nose chilly. I love to stride through the leaves, my feet swishing through the crackly groundcover.

When I walk in the crisp air, I love to smell the woodsmoke as people begin to feel the chill then light their fireplaces...or the more adventurous ones go to "my" park on the river and light a fire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows over the flames.

I love the way the sunsets look in fall, the sun going down behind the flaming leaves, red orange on red and orange. And if I'm near the pond in "my" park, I get double the pleasure because it's all reflected in the smooth surface of the water on the pond, broken only by the ripples made by lazing ducks.

I love to hear the distinctive cacophonic honking of Canada geese as they start their journey south. Unbelievable the distances they travel. I often wonder how many miles a goose covers in its lifetime.
It's time to start bundling up. Time to find the gloves and hats and have them ready to protect hands and heads.

It's the time of year for hot, hearty soups and stews. The time of year for welcoming aromas floating through homes, beckoning and enticing people in to stay and enjoy some hospitality.

It's the time of year for cutting back everything in the garden.

It's the time of year for raking up the yard. It's the time of year for snuggling under a blanket with a good book. It's the time of year for families to nestle in together and appreciate the love they share with one another. It's the time of year for family board game nights, family movie nights. It's the time of year where evenings are dark and warm lights are lit in homes and you can see, through the windows as you pass by, the families interacting with each other.

It's the time of year where you go outside in the mornings and the lawn is frosty but soon, once the sun has been up for a bit, the blades of grass thaw then shimmer with water droplets.

For me, this is the family time of year. It's the time of year for warmth and happiness and fellowship. It's the time of year for families and friends to gather, appreciate and embrace one another. It's the time of year for love.


  1. I LOVE fall! One of my favorite things is the short days. Nothing is better and more peaceful than getting up in the morning when everyone else is still asleep and making a cup of coffee and enjoying watching the sun come up. :)

  2. I love fall, too. I'm watching the snow come down outside, though, and thinking, MAN, I gotta get my potatoes out of the garden! Gonna be a nice cold day tomorrow when I do it, too!


    Miss you, gf.

  3. Yah, I feel it! But I don't see it, I think it's somewhere buried under the SNOW!!!! I hope we go back to fall soon. All our trees are still green!!! It's just not right, not right at all.

    Sure am enjoying those nice slow cooker meals, though. That's what fall is all about!


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