Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and unfortunately that's been true the last week or so. I had a quick weekend visit from my daughter, we've moved those rooms around as previously discussed and I have been sewing up a storm in preparation for the holidays. Hopefully I am now back to my regular routine of sorts
It is now November and officially fall. Nights come earlier since the time change-the darkness anyway. The wind and cooler weather are here. The afternoons continue to be in the sixties, but the overnights run from thirty to forty. As much as I loved the Texas weather (and will probably long for it in March and April), I am reminded how much I have missed the turn of the season. Fall is here, and I am enjoying it to the fullest:
- I've pulled out my larger mugs with fall and holiday themes and am taking advantage of flavored teas and warm apple cider. Soon it will be time for the hot buttered rum.
- I am baking in earnest-today I pulled out my mini loaf pans and the collection of a hundred themed cookie cutters. Homemade coffee cakes for weekend breakfasts and quick breads for all seasons are now in style. I'm thinking of making donuts this weekend as well.
- I don't need an excuse to pull out a blanket or quilt and a book at this time of year, and am doing so as often as possible.
- I get to wear real sweaters-not just the occasional cardigan over a short sleeved shirt!!
- I love fall food and using my slow cooker. Homemade chili, minestrone and beef stew have all been on the menu lately.
- Just as I like pumpkin as a basic food group, I enjoy the spices that are traditionally considered "fall and winter" spices such as allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.
- It's the fall movie season, which generally is the best (I remember when the best blockbusters came out in the summer, but no more it seems). This weekend we will finally catch Gravity and All is Lost, my list of movies to see between now and Christmas is long, long, long.
- When it comes to color I am a spring and fall person-warm colors like pumpkin, cream, turquoise and the colors of the leaves are among my favorites.
- The fireplace. I had a fireplace (and a fire pit) for five years in Texas and can count on one hand the number of times I used it. Now? The wood is piled and ready to go as soon as the chimney is cleaned. Add a brick fireplace outside, and everything is perfect.
- Finally, fall is a time when I need no excuse to slow down-even in Colorado. While I continue to sew and work on the finishing touches as we unpack, much of my time is spent reading, writing and taking my online classes on my chair next to the fireplace.
Life is pretty good, this fall day. We are at a loss as to what to call this room by the way. What was the living room now has a collapsed formal dining table, two comfy chairs by the fire, a china cabinet and a wall full of bookshelves. Oh, and a table full of orchids! The fireplace room is not a long term solution and my suggestion of the parlor is overruled!
Coming soon, my frugal laid back Thanksgiving and Christmas plan!