Autumn is the hush before winter.
It has been so lovely here this past week that I can’t help but talk about it. We’ve had cool evenings and chilly mornings but warm afternoons. I can't remember when we’ve had such a nice stretch of days without any rain. The cooler Autumn temperatures encourage the need for comfort and coziness. The tree on our curb lawn is changing colors and loosing leaves, but others down the street are still green.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the long days of summer, there is something that is very appealing about Autumn too. It’s time to break out the bulky sweaters, long sleeved flannel shirts and fleece blankets. Autumn is a time to prepare for winter and that is very important for us here in northern Ohio.
It’s time for hot cup of fresh squeezed apple cider and a warm cinnamon sugar doughnut. It’s time for the semiannual swap of the seasonal clothes! It is like inviting a new energy in, recognizing and honoring the change of seasons and how it affects our lives. The summer days of ease and freedom have been packed away with the shorts and sleeveless shirts and a sense of impending hunker down time is coming. I call it hibernation.
Autumn is the time for warming up and slowing down. When fall comes knocking at the door I gladly open to let it in, knowing fully well that a warm cup of tea and a good book will follow. It’s also time to start firing up the oven and cooking comfort food. The pots and pans start humming, and sweet, tart, and tasty aromas fill the air promising and delivering great comfort.
It’s a time when our hearts discovered the comfort of home.
Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.