Normally this time of year I get very homesick for a Northeast fall. This year I am focusing on what I do have as opposed to what I don’t. Though the temperature is still well into the 90’s during the day I have been able to make it feel like autumn (at least inside my head).
There is a hint of coolness in the morning and evenings, enough so that I have resumed taking the dog on longer walks. This has led me to find some autumn color, desert style.
The inside of my house all decorated for autumn.
Football season! College marching bands at halftime are the best!
Pumpkin chili and pumpkin beef stew made in the crockpot. The pumpkin adds a wonderful creamy thick texture.
Taking pumpkin oatmeal spice bars to bowling.
Using wax scents to make my house smell like autumn despite the a/c still being on.
Cooking a pork roast in the crockpot also makes a home smell autumnal.
Working on the outlining of my autumn needlepoint tissue box cover.
Adding a Trader Joe’s harvest tea bag to my pitcher of iced tea.
Trader Joe’s pumpkin soup crackers, with a bit of cream cheese, crazy yummy!
Starting to wear my “fall wardrobe”. Not flannel and sweaters alas, but capris and cropped jeans and autumn colors. I got two new pairs of LL Bean cropped jeans in pale spruce and vintage blue….love them!
A quick blog post to cover a couple of topics. As I suspected life has been crazy busy. Now that the flooring is done (and looks fabulous!) I am playing catch up with chores while trying to get the house put back to rights. On top of that we have lots of fun activities going on right now. So while the floor was finished Friday we didn’t get much done over the weekend because of bowling, baseball and pumpkin picking. So here is what else has been going on:
Search for Solitude
I am a persons who needs her alone time. The last three weeks (and next week as well) have given me little opportunity for quiet time to call my own. Without solitude my batteries don’t get recharged. I am feeling very stressed. So much to do it feels like there is not time to simply sit and breathe. My insomnia has kicked in with a vengeance. At least now I am smart enough to recognize the signs but my options for a cure have been limited of late. I need to hold on for another week. I have a multitude of things that have to be done, that can’t be pushed off. But next week at this time I will be camping in the mountains, near a lake, where it will truly be fall. Crisp air, changing leaves, the smell of woodsmoke. It will be worth all the work I have to do beforehand.
Now that the flooring is done, the furniture back in place and everything has been cleaned it is time to start carting all the books back downstairs. Seeing all those books stacked in the hallway gave me pause though. I decided to do one more book purge, this time using the KonMari method. When I read the book “the life changing magic of tidying up” I knew there was no way I would ever cart all those books into one place. And yet, pretty much all my books are now in one area! With everything going on I knew I couldn’t do the whole bunch at once so I divvied them up into categories: cookbooks, Library of America, International Collector’s Library, holiday books etc. I am trying to do one category a day, at a time when I can really focus on the task at hand. I am being thoughtful about my choices. I am thinking about who I am now, letting go of past dreams and setting future goals. I’ll let you know how this turns out.
Taste of Autumn
I have been able to turn the a/c off for now! I wore jeans one day. We have had rain, small hail and cloudy days. The relief from the heat is so welcome. Too bad it isn’t going to last.
Inside my house it is starting to look like autumn. I have put red and orange leaves up everywhere; the irony that I put up leaves while elsewhere they are falling! I have autumn scents in the wax warmers and am eating apples everyday. I bought pumpkin everything at Trader Joe’s and while it is still too warm to drink hot tea at least my iced tea is in a fall themed glass.
And I have begun making more autumn- ish meals. One night we had cranberried pork chops , glazed acorn squash and yams. Saturday I am throwing an autumn beef stew into the crock pot for after the football game. Of course after sitting under the broiling sun for four hours with temps in the 90s we may not want a hot meal, but dammit after football in October that is what you are supposed to eat! I told my husband we will just have to crank the a/c back up.
After school today we are putting up the outside Halloween decorations. There is a lovely breeze blowing outside along with some clouds blowing around helping to add to the autumn feel. This weekend I have a U of A football game to look forward to and my son’s 8th birthday. But right now I have more books to sort and shelve.