For the Beauty of the Earth

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
I think Anne of Green Gables, the character to whom the above quote belongs, is absolutely spot on. I love autumn. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy winter, spring and summer too, but there is something about autumn that I just love. This is a relatively new development. I used to favor spring although I will fully admit that I like each season for its offerings but the older I’ve gotten, the more I fall for… well, fall.
It’s like one last explosion of beauty before winter arrives, in all its starkness. I love the changing leaves and the smell of fallen leaves on the ground. I love the scent of pumpkin pie and apples and cinnamon. (While I’m at it, I love eating those things too.) Autumn is a time when routines return, extracurricular activities resume and moms who thrive on schedules and routines (like me) rejoice.
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It’s when it gets just chilly enough to require a jacket but not frigid enough to have to bundle up. You can drink that second cup of coffee without breaking a sweat. Even better yet? Hot toddies and other delectable warm libations. Warm alcoholic beverages not your favorite? You’re in luck because with October comes… Oktoberfest! Beer and merrymaking galore!

September also marks the return of football season. I’m sorry, but Sundays during football season are my favorite days of the week. (Unless my team didn’t show up to play.) And while September may mark the end of the regular baseball season, October begins post-season which is waaaay more exciting when your team is in the play-offs, like mine. (Let’s go, O’s!)

Are you seriously not convinced yet? How about the holidays? There’s Labor Day. (I count September as autumn. It’s my blog. I can do what I want.) Columbus Day. Two 3-day weekends in back-to-back months. Who doesn’t like that? Then there’s Halloween. Now I admit, Halloween isn’t nearly as fun from around college graduation until you have kids but once you have kids? It’s great! You get to “test” all their candy. We have 3 children. Life is grand for my husband and me in November. And then

Does this not look fantastic?

Does this not look fantastic?

there’s Thanksgiving. A holiday created, in part, for gorging yourself on the tastiest food known to mankind. Roasted turkey. Mashed potatoes. Stuffing. Sweet potato casserole. Pumpkin pie. Apple pie.

 It’s the time of year when delicious treats like caramel apples – okay, caramel in general – is IN season and swimsuits are NOT. When you can wrap yourself up in a soft, comfy sweater while you smell the soup you’ve had simmering all day. It is the homiest time of year and who doesn’t love feeling homey?
And there is aaaaaaaabsolutely nothing that beats an autumn sunsets. Nothing. I don’t care if you’ve had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, when you see the sky explode into

Nothing beats an autumn sunset.

Nothing beats an autumn sunset.

stunning shades of pink, orange, periwinkle, yellow and purple, you can’t help but feel happy. As you sip your hot buttered rum (or mulled wine, or…) while you’re snuggled up on the couch with your loved one. With a crackling fire in the fireplace. Watching a new episode of your favorite show because what else happens in autumn? That’s right, the new TV season!

So, my dear friends, you can try and argue that winter/spring/summer is better than autumn but you’d be wrong. Now excuse me while I go check on the soup that’s been simmering all day because it smells fantastic.
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