I love Autumn; it is my favorite season. So much happens during this time. Nature becomes a changing painting. Around mid September, I start preparing to welcome the Fall. I try to enjoy this season to the max as it is also a prelude to another favorite – Winter. Most likely, during fall, you will find me doing these activities, some of which I will not be able to do to total contentment this year, since I am in transition to move to VA. However, I will certainly enjoy as many as I can.
Candles – I start by buying scented candle jars to welcome the season. Some of my favorites are pumpkin spice, spiced apple, cinnamon spice, vanilla, gingerbread, maple pecan … and other scents. At the end of fall I make sure that I have a pine or evergreen and cedar scent to welcome Winter.
I also give a good fall cleaning to the house to get it ready for the joyous season. After that, the home is ready for decorating. I like to decorate using a natural approach. Many of the things will be handmade and using natural materials such as leaves, twigs, branches … Many of these items can be tweaked for the winter, and later on recycled into mulch. The organic feel is perfect for the season and conveys a warmth and coziness. The outside decor follows the same approach. I use some recycled vintage items as well.
Since the weather will be changing, so does the wardrobe. I enjoy cleaning up closets and getting ready the outfits for the season. Even hubby’s closet gets the Autumn treatment. I love to play with fabrics and colors.
I enjoy the no A/C season and take advantage of it by opening all the windows to let the crisp air inside. The cats love it too. Their beds also get the autumn treatment, and get their heavy blankets on.
During this time, I celebrate by enjoying the quiet of the woods and parks. We take walks, and love the smells of nature – wet leaves that are starting to decompose, the moisture in the air, as well as the crisp air of the season. The sound of crunching leaves as you walk, the wind, and the scenery that slowly paints itself in nature – a palette of unique colors. This is the perfect time to pick up fallen leaves and branches to use in the decor. This is also beach time for me, as I enjoy the beach during fall, not during the summer. It is not crowded and it is quiet, and the weather is better. So there are many beach walks during this time.
One of my favorite rituals is to prepare for Halloween; I love the holiday. In our neighborhood, we get tons of trick or treaters and I enjoy preparing colorful candy bags to give away to the kids. I love to sit outside with a bucket full of bags while watching the parade of cute costumes. I pick a favorite costume as a mental exercise. I prepare 80-100 little bags and most of them go. Sometimes, my neighbor will have a Halloween bash and most of the traffic will come to our street. Their home is decorated with all kinds of spooks, smoke, sounds, and moving creatures … Last year two local rock bands played – this is also a treat, and I have grown accustomed to it over the years. I will certainly miss it once we move.
Finally, I make sure I have some of my favorite treats on hand – the pumpkin or apple pie, hot chocolate, ginger tea, pumpkin spice creamer, cinnamon bun creamer, and the rarely found coconut creamer, mini marshmallows, and my favorite – the tiny candy corn and pumpkin candy. These treats make me happy.
And this is how I celebrate Autumn.