Over at My Spring Snow, my dear friend Brenda asked us to share with her our favorite part of Autumn and before realizing it, I'd gone on to write the following"
"I love everything about Autumn, except for it coming to an end, lol! I love the scent of woodsmoke and fallen leaves in the clear, refreshing air. I love the colors, the range of yellows, oranges, reds, purples and browns in nature. I love the sound of dried leaves being blown down the sidewalk on a quiet morning with the only other noise being crickets. I love the sights and smells of the first pumpkins and apple cider. I love being able to cook and bake without heating the house to an unbearable degree and making things like chili and stew again for the first time since early Spring. I love how Autumn fills me with inspiration and creativity. I love watching my garden wind down, seeing an unexpected pop of pink when a rose decides to re-bloom... I think I need to continue this on my own blog! LOL"
And so I didn't end up writing an absurdly long comment over there, I continue here:
I love the excitement that seems to fill the air during Autumn and having football on the TV on Sunday afternoons. I love having every window and door open from sun up to sun down and then some. I love oatmeal and steaming cups of tea in the morning. I love being able to enjoy the outdoors without the heat of Summer. (We get pretty humid at times here on the Coast year round so that's a constant as long as we live here). I love being able to spend hours around the fire and under the sky up at our home up North. (Because it's been so hot & humid even up there this Summer, we've only had 2 campfires since Spring!) I love when we get the occasional early snow fall up North, the white against the colors of Autumn is stunning! And as you all well know by now (or at least most of you do), I love Love LOVE Halloween and the month of October! Halloween is so much fun for me and gives me pure joy throughout the month. (Some get down once Christmas and New Year's pass, I get down when Halloween ends!) I love when the air turns chilly and it's time to break out the fleece! I love when it's cold enough to wear jeans again but warm enough to just wear a t-shirt with them. I love the rains of November (which we desperately need this year) and snuggling in amid candle light, books and tea while it pours. I just realized that every day of Autumn is a different sensory experience as it progresses and perhaps that's one of the reasons I like it so much as well. I believe I could go on and on, but I won't! (You're relieved, aren't you? I know you are!)
Now it's my turn to ask, friends, what do you love about Autumn?
(Photo of my Dogwood Tree in this post taken in our back yard this morning).