The autumn equinox is this weekend. Last night was the Harvest Moon. Here in northern Minnesota we often experience our first frost around this time, and we're seeing more signs of fall by the day.
There are a hundred reasons this change in seasons is a completely overwhelming & hectic time for me.
I almost started listing them just now.
But instead, I'm going to share the things I love about this time of year.
I love transitioning from flip-flops to my favorite boots. And warm socks, scarves & sweaters.
And my stocking hat. Once crisp air arrives, my hat & I are not easily parted.
Today it is gray & calm & drizzly. It's a wonderful day to smell something cooking on the stove or baking in the oven. I love the cozy feeling of days like this, and the way the colors stands out against the gray outside.
A kitchen overflowing with garden harvests is very rewarding.
Football season. Fall brings us nine weeks of brisk, exciting game nights.
Fall also brings hunting season.
Our archers & marksmen bring in enough wild protein in the fall to sustain our family the rest of the year through.
Being on the water with floating leaves.. bliss.
#1 on my wish list is to enjoy at least one fall day by kayak.
Last fall we enjoyed a couple of gorgeous fall kayak excursions on secluded water.
This day of portage & paddling was as beautiful as a day gets.
Mushrooms. I love having mushrooms like these pop up in our backyard.
Apples on our table.
And pumpkins on our porch.
I love that there is daylight when the kids take off down the driveway to the school bus in the morning.
Soon the days will be shorter, the mornings darker (and much colder.)
The rich smell of dried leaves.
Exploring paths in the woods. There's no time like it.
Leaf piles in the yard.
And right up there with all that's changing outdoors, is the gravitation toward the comforts of home. Time to read, create, & imagine by warm fires.
We haven't made our first fire yet, but it won't be long.
(I've heard many people have been running their furnaces.. we hold out a bit longer with warm blankets & a bit of sisu.)
I wrote this post about the Yin & Yang of Seasons. It's a phenomenon we feel fully up north.
We'll soon be faced with a frozen world & long winter ahead.
First, we'll savor (while we scurry) all that is Fall.