Falling for Fall, Again

And so it officially arrived. September 22 at 10:29 pm EST.

It is Autumn. Oh, Autumn, how happy I am to see you again!

To feel your crisp, cool breeze embrace me.

To wear your finery.

plaids.

hats and scarfs.

boots with fuzzy lining.

warm socks.

a new knitted poncho.

fingerless gloves with fringe on top.

orange toes for hayrides.

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Finery, indeed.

I wear my finery for you. You wear yours for me.

To feast upon your eye candy.

Leaves in every shade of gold, red, yellow, orange. Ombre, like girls’ hair these days.

Fall flowers. Chrysanthemums, Autumn Sedum, Goldenrod. Goldenrod that makes other people sneeze.

Summer greens were lovely, but autumn’s colors blaze and excite.

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They are in a state of constant change. stronger! brighter! more vivid!

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Until fallen and brown.

And then the fun begins! Rake, Pile, Jump, Throw.

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To enjoy your bounty. Apples. Lettuces. Greens. Winter squashes. Pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Field (nope, not mine)

 

‘Tis soup season once again! On farms everywhere, there are all kinds of harvest.

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To breathe in and be soothed by your smells.

~Of woodsmoke.

~Of cinnamon.

~Of apple cider.

~Of hay.

To be quieted so I can hear your gifts.

Of geese honking above.

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Of rushing mountain streams.

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Of snoring dogs at my feet in front of the fireplace.

Of a distant owl announcing something important (though I don’t know what) by repeated hoots.

Of leaves scattered in the paths, crunching under my feet.

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(last year’s leaves)

To find rest and comfort in your dark nights.

Star light, Star bright. First star I see tonight. Wish I may, Wish I might. Have the Wish I wish tonight.

Oh how I missed you, My Dear Autumn.

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ya got that right, Nate! There is nothing quite like an autumn day spent outside. I took my camera with me this morning when I went out to feed the chickens. First day of autumn!

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But here am I. Now. Outside. Under a tree.  Feet propped up on the trunk. Computer in my lab. Back flat on the ground. Feels good to my aching back. Soft grass.

In a hoodie. Blue sky. Leaves rustling in the wind.

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But what’s this? Ah, My fingers are cold. A few days ago I was in Georgia and sweatin’-like-a-pig!

I was asked about the beans in the jar. I have 15 this year!

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I was told that this winter will be a doo-zey. YAYAYAYAY! Not only were there many foggy mornings in August, but other signs point to a fierce winter. The wooly worms, the squirrels have darker fur, the corn husks are thicker. The squirrels are already busying themselves with gathering nuts for the winter.

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Black walnuts in my back yard will soon fall from the trees.

Until next time, Friends, savor the flavor of life!

Lots of love, Rebekah, The City Farmgirl in the Country

 

Leave a comment 12 Comments

  1. Kay (old cowgirl) Montoy says:

    Fall is my favorite time of the year. I also look my best in fall color’s. I really like the way you put all the words together. Poetry is one of my fav’s.
    Hugs
    Kay

  2. Wendy Curling says:

    I just love reading the words of your heart! Beautiful rendering of a most welcome arrival.

  3. Rebekah,

    If I had to choose one thing that is my favorite about Fall and cooler weather it would be cooking and eating soups! I LOVE soup! As a matter of fact, I still kind of cook soup periodically in the summer but it just doesn’t quite have the same feel to it! :-) – Dori, the Ranch Farmgirl –

  4. rene foust says:

    Yay I love love love Autumn. My favorite time of the year.

  5. KimberlyD says:

    Enjoyed your post as I always do! Just the other day I enjoyed a salad with lettuce and cucumber from my own garden! Loved it, some how it tasted better! I have already made the first bean soup of the season, it a Michigan soup that is loved in my area, the farmers grow the northern beans around here, we even have a festival labor day weekend called the Michigan Bean Festival! To me that means fall is here, for the chlidren don’t start school till the day after Labor day. Also seeing the sugar beats trucks hauling the sugar beats,and corn is saved till the last to be harvested there can be light snow in the fields and they will then harvest it.
    Also if you see lots of spiders in the house means and thicker webs means a early and cold winter!

  6. Marilyn Khadduri says:

    Hi Rebekah,

    Oh, pure pleasure reading your blog! And you have written it all…all the things that
    I have been feeling ever since I awoke this morning and heard the honking of the
    Canada geese flying over! I LOVE Autumn, and of course, it’s my favorite time of
    the year! I love every single thing you mentioned, and can hardly wait to wear a
    sweater! I took up knitting about 4 years ago, and love it and all the fiber animals
    that supply my knitting cabinet. I just felt so overflowing with my love of Autumn and
    wanted to share it with someone else, and here I read your blog, and find a lovely kindred spirit! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Marilyn

  7. Colleen says:

    I really like your Fall post. It is my favorite time of year too! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  8. My favorite season! It’s still hot as heck, but I can already feel the difference in the atmosphere. It’s autumn! Yippee!

  9. Marcie says:

    Love your photos and descriptions of the season. Who doesn’t love fall? I say that as I sneeze, yes, allergies, but I love this time of the year and we finally get to air out the house. My indoor cats are beside themselves, smelling the fresh air as they thunder through the house running from window to window.

    I miss the call of the geese flying southward. The Sandhill cranes are my favorite with their beautiful wild trilogy call as they head to their southern winter grounds. Unfortunately we are not on the migrant flyways here in NE Tennessee, as we were back in central Texas so we miss a lot of the winged wildlife during migration.

  10. Joan says:

    YAY!!!! that was fun. Oh the black walnuts, so miss them. Thanks for sharing.
    God bless.

  11. RhondaLane says:

    Thanks for sharing! Yes, they all say that this winter is coming sooner than usual and it will be a tough one. Here in Illinois, typically, the Halloween beetles (ladybugs) come out later in October by the zillions….however….this year they came out at least a month earlier which I have NEVER ever seen before. Do they know…maybe? Enjoy this marvelous weather and season!

  12. Denise Ross says:

    I love Autumn too :-) such beautiful warm colours and I love the cosy atmosphere of Autumn but I can still go outside and enjoy the warmth of Autumn days with crisp air and cosy up in the early morning and in the evenings and snuggle under the covers at night

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