Sunday, September 5, 2010

Autumnal Equinox

I can hardly believe that I just came from the beach, from the essence of summertime, and here I am in the middle of autumn. The mountains look as if they're on fire, alight with orange and yellow trees. The air gets crisp and nippy if we go out without our sweaters and fleece. It's raining again, more often than not, and all I can seem to think is, "Don't think about winter yet..."
Fall is short-lived here. By Thanksgiving, it'll be hard to find any foliage, let alone a colourful variety.
So I am celebrating now, even if it does seem to have arrived early, at least by Ontario standards (which of course don't apply. My body clock just hasn't adjusted and still expects the equinox in another few weeks).
Fall in my house means:
- An increase in stews. And all slow-cooker meals.
- Cinnamon in everything.
- Baking, because a house that smells like bread screams autumn.
- Searching for perfect Halloween costumes online...and making sure to order well ahead of Halloween to ensure fit and satisfaction.
- My birthday, tucked somewhere near the end
- Cleaning the house in a sort of pre-hibernation preparation. Getting ready for months of couch-surfing with movies, treats, forts under blankets, cabin fever when it's -40 (I am trying so hard not to think about this) and Christmas with visiting family!
- Ordering winter gear for the growing toddler, estimating how big her feet will be in February.
- Finding a whole new set of recipes involving pumpkin, butternut squash and apples. In addition to our house's traditional faves: apple crumble, squash casserole, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars...I am salivating.
- Winterizing our first home, which includes calling the furnace guy, figuring out how to turn off the outdoor water line, cutting back the garden and finally emptying out the kiddie pool and hanging it in the garage.
I cringe to think of how cold it will be, how long winter lasts, but for now I celebrate reasons to wear cute trench coats, add pumpkin spice to my chai latte at Starbucks, and walk in the woods under a canopy of explosive leaves.

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