September 24, 2015
Hello again!! Happy Fall! I’ve been busy this summer working in the garden, planning and hosting not one, but two, Sweet 16 parties for Rebecca, and, with the help of family, redecorating her room as her birthday gift. So here I am, back to writing.
I love Fall! It is a time of quieting down, reflection, and gratitude. Although Fall officially “fell” early yesterday morning, here in the bay area it’s hard to tell. We generally don’t have the big change of the seasons. But one day, you’ll wake up and smell it. At least it’s true for me. I haven’t experienced it yet. Close, but soon. The leaves on the trees are not turning yet, the crispness is not in the air. But it will come. With the drought, maybe it won’t happen this year. There are leaves that are just turning brown and falling off the trees, but it’s just not the same. My wisteria leaves are turning yellow and floating to the ground, but the maple tree is still green as green, waiting for chilly nights.
Fall is the gateway to the holiday season, too. A week or so ago, I saw a pumpkin patch begin to go up at the local strip mall. A couple of days ago the pumpkins arrived at the grocery store. I love fall, and Halloween, but I do try and wait until October 1 to start transforming our home with fun and spooky décor. After that, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it.
But let’s take some time to appreciate the world around us. Take a moment each day to see the sky, the trees, the changes in our neighborhood and our own gardens. Leaves will change color. Chrysanthemums and fall flowers will bloom. Take a walk. Take a hike. Take a bike ride. Get in a last trip to the beach. Why not make a Fall bucket list??
Visit a pumpkin patch. Visit an apple farm. Make pumpkin cookies, cakes, or muffins. Stomp on a pile of leaves. Go on a hayride. Carve a pumpkin. Take family photos outdoors; under a tree or with fall leaves. Visit a haunted house. Watch a scary movie. Plant bulbs for spring. Take the kids trick-or-treating. Go on a picnic. Make your own applesauce. Drink cider. Go to a football game. Make squash soup. The list is endless.
Make your own list, for yourself or as a family. We have traditions we do every year. The first is making pumpkin muffins to get us going. Then decorating, for sure. But it takes a little effort to make time for the special things. The things that will become lasting memories. I remember visiting an apple farm in Watsonville each year when the kids were small. Why don’t we still do that? I’ll put that on my 2015 bucket list for sure! Apple tasting, delicious chilled pressed cider, and maybe pick up a pumpkin or two.
Whatever you do to celebrate the season, do it! Make time. If you do something really special, or know of an event that shouldn’t be missed, let me know. I’d love to hear about it.
Turn your face to the sun!