OK, we’re still a few days away from the equinox, and in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature isn’t quite sure she’s ready for those seasons to change yet (low temp last night? 57F High temp predicted Monday? 90F), but the LIGHT has definitely decided it’s fall, so here we are.
I do love certain things about each of the seasons, but I think, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be autumn.
First, it’s the time of my favorite secular holiday – Halloween – which happens to coincide with my favorite religious holiday, Samhain.
I love the creepy and macabre. (I’d be goth if only their music wasn’t so dreadful.)
I love littles dressed up as super heroes and princesses and dinosaurs and their favorite characters from books and ladybugs and fairies and whatnot, coming looking for candy. And the fact that I’ve convinced my entire end of the block to go as all-in on decorating as we do (it’s a goddamn spooky wonderland over here, and I LOVE IT), and that Halloween night has become an informal block party for us. Do I decorate on October 1? YES I DO.
I love getting to put together an actual cute outfit with various components and layers to it, as opposed to choosing my clothes based solely on what’s washable (for when I sweat all over it) and how little I can get away with wearing and still be appropriately covered for whatever it is I’m getting up to. And the end of having to plan ahead to avoid “chub rub.” Pants! Tights! YAY!
I love having the windows open. A closed-up-tight house in the winter can feel cozy, but having to keep things closed up and blinds drawn in the summer just feels oppressive.
Although I’ll miss melons and berries and stone fruits until next year, I love the arrival of apples and figs and persimmons and pomegranates and winter squash and the turn to heartier meals, things long-braised in the oven or soups and stews simmering on the stove that make the whole house smell good. And getting back to baking – I don’t completely abandon it in the summer, but I sure as hell do a lot less.
I love going on vacation at this time of year, after everyone else is back at work and school (we have a trip planned to Northern California in a few weeks).
I love swapping out my iced tea and coffee for hot versions. And the first fire of the season in the fireplace.And being able to go out for a walk mid-day without risking spontaneous combustion. And the crunch of leaves underfoot.
What are you looking forward to as the wheel turns?
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