While walking to the bus with #3 this morning, I noticed that old familiar chill in the air. I grabbed my scarf as I headed out the door, and was thankful for the warm cup of chai tea in my hands. We stopped under the chestnut tree in search of one of our favorite autumn treasures, some chestnuts bare in their rich, smooth brown skin, some with their pokey green protective coating. We stuffed as many as we could fit in the side pocket of his backpack before hustling down to the end of the road.
I took my time walking back to the house, as I was enjoying the smell of burning leaves in the air, the cool breeze on my face, and the leaves beginning to drift out of the trees. I realized that it is now time to begin visiting our local cider shop with its varieties of cider as well as so many apples. We love to dry them for winter snacks, so time to pull out the dehydrator as well~
I do love this time of year - the small break between the heat and blazing sun of summer and the dark, wet days of winter. In that brief moment, there is this feeling of coziness, the desire to nest, to organize, to tidy. It is that time when the gardens still hold their bounty from summer plantings, markets begin to offer that gorgeous produce that is to become our favorite comfort foods, and warm sweaters are enough to keep comfortable.
I am a nester at heart - a girl who loves being cozy and comfortable. It seems that autumn is just about perfect in my eyes~