Embracing Autumn

This morning when we came out of church there was a light mist falling; later we had to run from the green grocer to our car as the rain was coming down in buckets. When we got home with our harvest bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and after we enjoyed a bite of lunch, we agreed that it felt like the kind of day that was made for settling down on the sofa with a good book, so that’s what we did.

I lit the new pumpkin pie scented candle I bought yesterday, brought down a couple of quilts, and we curled up with our books. That’s my idea of a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

I am determined not to let the demise of summer discourage me this year; I am working on embracing the change of seasons and welcoming autumn into my life. This afternoon reminded me of one of the pleasures of the cooler weather and how cozy it can feel to be indoors on a blustery rainy afternoon.

The cooler weather, and the return to indoor living, will allow more time for going through closets and cupboards and getting rid of unneeded and unwanted items that serve to complicate my life. The older I get, the more I am drawn to that what is simple.

A few forgotten knitting projects have caught my attention lately and I’m looking forward to getting back at them. I remember the serenity that the rhythm of knitting brought me last year; I could use some more of that.

I want to cook more as well. Big pots of stews and soups that simmer on the stove all afternoon and are eaten with biscuits still warm from the oven and smothered with melting butter.

I want to bake some apple pies using Mom’s recipe; this will be the year I return to making homemade pastry.

I was at the mall yesterday and saw some beautiful fall sweaters. Oh to feel cool enough to want to wear a sweater! Maybe this will be the year for that too!

I have learned to rejoice at many of the changes that have come in what I consider the autumn of my own life. In fact, I am looking forward with great anticipation to many more changes in the next few years.

It’s time for me to begin to appreciate and welcome the season’s change as well. After all, if there was no autumn, there would be no winter, which would mean there would be no spring. And I would most definitely miss the return to spring.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I have especially enjoyed today's heavy rain and cool air here in Puyallup. I, too, love the morsels common to this season, and actually whipped up a beef stew yesterday myself. Tonight we had it with cornbread. Yum.

    Enjoy the shifting season. Before we know it Christmas will be here!


  2. I love and agree with everything you said – except for the part about not wanting summer to end. We were absolutely ecstatic to have some cooler, drizzly weather today. First time in over two months that we actually WANTED to be outside!

  3. Linda, well if you come visit me, you can enjoy summer all the way through Christmas! 🙂 Your day sounded wonderfully cozy! Makes me want some hot chocolate.

  4. Kathleen, the stew and cornbread sounds delicious! Did you get the huge downpours that we had here in Auburn yesterday?

    Becky, it's all about perspective, isn't it!

    Karen, don't tempt me. I might just show up on your doorstep when the rainy season really gets going!

  5. Mmm, that stew and cornbread DOES sound num-nah, as Makiya would say!!
    This was great, warmed me as I read it! Much to my chagrin, I WILL agree that there are SOME things to be enjoyed in Fall!!

  6. Laurinda, I admit it grudgingly too!

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