Happy first day of fall!
For today’s installment of the Autumn Lovin’ Series, I’d like to begin with a humorous tale concerning last week’s kiddy craft.
I tacked on a disclaimer about not leaving the branch arrangement on your kitchen table, in case you are a germaphobe like myself, but I decided I’d leave it on the table until the next morning because I was so tired. When I walked into the kitchen the next morning, I found what I thought was a spider web, with little crumbs or fruit flies or something attached to the web. When I looked closer, though, I saw tendrils of web that dropped straight down from a twig toward the tabletop……..with larvae hanging from each strand! EW.
Alas, I chucked the whole thing outside and pretended nothing ever happened. (You know, after I wiped down the table thirty times.) I still believe that the nature walk and picking up leaves is a great learning experience for children, I just recommend keeping it on the picnic table!
What Fall Brings
I began this series mainly to document all of my fall wanderings. There are so many things I love to experience in the fall, and writing about them just seems like the perfect way to remember them.
My favorite activity in the fall is baking: pies, breads, cookies, cupcakes, and making fall beverages. Well, I guess the latter isn’t really baking.
I also really enjoy the way the animals in our yard react to the change in the weather. The birds are much more active, including the migrating hummingbirds that came to visit near the end of August. More and more seem to be showing, sometimes ten at a time, and my mom refills the feeders at least twice a day! She ended up moving more of them to our front porch so they would stop warring with each other over the feeders.
Squirrel Nutkin also game to visit one morning, his favorite pecan in-tow. He buried it right in the middle of the yard! It didn’t take long for him to figure out that winter is coming.
Maw-Maw always has cats swarming her house, even after she moved. This beauty showed up a few weeks ago, but yesterday, I got to meet her. Her eyes are weighted in sadness, and she ate nearly two entire bowls of food. She’s starving and frightened of human contact. I just want to love her, especially in the shadow of my sweet Mittens’ passing this spring.
How much more festivity do you need with these flowers?! They just ooze with autumn spirit, and they make me so ready for Halloween a month early. Even flowers which are painted and dyed have healing powers. Flowers bring smiles and deep breaths—things that everyone needs a good dose of every day. Need a pick-me-up? Try a festive bunch. Who cares if you know how to arrange them or not. Pop those bundles of happiness in a vase and smell away.
My brother is a senior now at my high school alma mater. We went to the homecoming football game to see the band that I participated in, as well as to see our team (surprisingly) win on their big homecoming night. The excitement that bubbled inside me as I stood up with other alumni was incredible! It was sticky outside as usual, but that autumn wind was still present. Football games are a popular fall outing for some people, and I really did enjoy the aura in the stadium.
What are some of your favorite fall outings? Chat with me below!
If you’d like to start this Autumn Lovin’ journey from the beginning, visit the first post!