welcoming the shift over into my favorite season of all, there are whispers of autumn everywhere. in the woodshed, where the stack keeps growing, growing. on the porch steps where our two homegrown pumpkins sit crooked and warty and just right. in the smattering of already-turned leaves, mostly red maples, that have been gracing our driveway and yard for a couple weeks.
in the growing (and may I admit rather ambitious) book pile, in the first batch of elderberry syrup made and already being sipped in hopes of warding off the funk and also because it just tastes so good. in baking (grain-free dark chocolate, almond butter & coconut cookies, yum).
canning the last tomatoes also always seems an official farewell to the long and languid summer days.
there is the return of hot chai and lots of hot tea, and the stirring of a pot of soup.
we'll keep the windows open as long as we can, enjoying the way the cool and fresh turning-towards-wintry air kisses all the corners of the house, and before long the woodstove will be cranking out its steady purring heat and we'll be turning inwards as the days grow shorter.
but for now, and until then, I'm hoping to squeeze in a quick overnight camping trip, at least one trip to the apple orchard and perhaps a farm or two for all those great fall festivities like the mazes and the huge slides and the pumpkin patches and the cider doughnuts. we've got a camping trip to the beach planned for the end of October, and fall weekends are filling up with fun outdoor plans. which I hope to balance out very well with copious amounts of time spent snuggled up at home with tea and books. because while I do love fall and fall outings something fierce, I'm also pretty into the ways of the homebody~