Wednesday, October 1, 2008
See- colorful leaves, bright green grass (I'm in the NW!), rose hips, late blackberries, snow berries, the fireplace, harvest moon.
Hear- air rushing through the heat vents, children making use of the few short minutes of day light after dinner, crunchy leaves underfoot, crickets, a lone frog instead of hundreds, kids getting off the bus across the street at 3:15, piano practicing from a neighbors window.
Taste- London Fogs (earl grey tea/steamed milk/vanilla syrup or honey), pumpkin spice lattés, soups and eventually egg nog, baked pumpkin seeds, local apple cider (hot or cold), squash, yams and sweet potatoes.
Touch- warm fleece blankets, the heat in the house, sweaters, cold air, scarves, socks.
Smell- cinnamon, nutmeg, old leaves, baking, rain, wood smoke, crisp fresh air, spicy scented candles, home made apple sauce simmering on the stove.
I could add so much more. It's the season to wrap up in a blanket with tea and a good book. Walk outside and crunch leaves underfoot as you sneak the last few blackberries of the season. It's when people start staying inside and playing games as a family. It's when ovens are busier, jars of food are put on the shelf for eating in the months to come and the house smells like spices.