Nothing makes me think of Fall & the coming of cooler weather like the scent of woodsmoke in the air and the scent of cinnamon apple candles . As soon as I catch a whiff of either one, I think of the first time Hubby took me up to his family cabin in The Endless Mountains Region of North Eastern Pennsylvania.
It was October 2004, the first weekend of the month and we headed up on Friday evening when he got home from work. I hadn't been away for a weekend in Years and I couldn't wait to get out into the country, especially after hearing so many of his tales.
I was enthralled for the entire ride, through parts of NJ I'd never been to and into PA. It was all so pretty with the changing colors. On 81N the reds were just Popping out on either side of the highway.
I had the feeling somewhere along the way that I was home.
There's a wood burning stove in the cabin, the only heat source and so most of the time when we were there we had a fire going. (The next best thing to a fire place). You can see it from both the kitchen & living room and hear the cracking & popping. It makes everything feel very warm and comforting. My sister-in-law had cinnamon apple candles in the living room, kitchen and bathroom. Without even lighting them, you could smell them faintly throughout. I had never really liked that scent for candles until then.
I didn't want to leave. (I never do when we're in PA). In that short 3 day weekend, I wrote 18 pages in my journal! Reading it all makes me smile. One of the first things I did when we got home was buy cinnamon apple candles. I still keep some around at home now (we've since moved) and whenever I want to feel the way I did that first weekend, I light one.
The woodsmoke gets me every time. Takes me right back to PA and Fall. Whether it's just wafting through the neighborhood or we've got a fire going in the chiminea at home or we've got a fire going up at our weekend/vaca place, the scent brings me home.
One day we will get there. One day we will be home.
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