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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Remember that Staples Office Products commercial with the kids dragging dejectedly behind the happy dad with the shopping cart while the
Christmas song,
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, is playing?

Fall really is my favorite time of the year!

The cooler nights and days.

The way we eat fresh food from the garden this month.
Today I picked a peach and walked back to house
peeling and eating it warm off the tree...yum!

All the jars of beautifully preserved foods lining
the counter and then the storage room shelves.

The v-shaped formations of Canadian Geese flying south for the winter.
Huge, honking birds which make such a contrast
against the early-morning, water-color-washed sky.

Fluffy tufts of milkweed popping out of pods
along the ditch banks.

Color sneaking into the leaves on the trees.
It seems to happen overnight.

Not using the furnace or the air conditioner...
I don't even mind getting my utility bills.

The sun slants across the yard differently in the fall
making everything seem more brilliant and sharply contrasted.
The sky seems bluer, the grass is greener,
the sunsets and sunrises are more spectacular.

I can wear my sweaters and jackets that have been unused all summer.
My tall boots with wool skirts.
Long sleeves and turtle necks.

Flannel sheets and an extra blanket on the bed.

Being forced into a schedule because Cami is back in school.
We're going to bed and getting up earlier each day.

Going off Day Light Savings Time!

Thank you, Lord, for giving us Autumn before slamming us with Winter.


Dani Marie said...

That bit of Crouch sarcasm at the end is classic!

Georgia said...

As much as I love autumn, I despise winter.

Dean and Sheri said...

Yes, yes, yes and YES! I love Autumn for all those reasons too...except for flannel sheets. I never did take to them very well. And I'm with ya all the way when it comes to winter. I don't like it much either. It's the ONLY thing (well, other than my hayfever is at it's WORST during Fall)that I do not like about Autumn is that it is the prelude to Old Man Winter's arrival. Bleh!