Pretending it is Autumn

Still triple digit heat here which is rather depressing. But there is no doubt a change to the angle of the sun and shorter days. And the calendar does say September!
My new carpet installation triggered a bout of spring cleaning that will most likely last into next week. It was an excellent excuse to put away summer decorations and that means I got to decorate for fall a few days earlier than normal.

This is where Halloween Town will go in a few weeks.

So here is how I pretended on Monday that it really is autumnal around these parts:

  • I made Fiesta Turkey Casserole for dinner, a recipe from my Gooseberry Patch “Autumn with Family & Friends” cookbook. A little spicy and warming without being too heavy, perfect for Monday Night Football.
  • I walked the dog at dusk.  The sky was a mass of gray clouds and bats were flitting around.  It looked autumnal even if the still in the 90’s temperature said otherwise.
  • My beloved Denver Bronco’s were on Monday Night Football (with a nail biter of a win over the Chargers!).  During halftime I enjoyed a piece of homemade apple crumb pie.  Made with apples we picked ourselves a week ago.
  • I “lit” the fireplace and had to snuggle under my Bronco’s fleece as the a/c kicked down to it’s nighttime setting.

Ah, nothing like the soothing light of a fire. 🙂

I was sitting right in the path of a vent so it really did feel a bit chilly when the a/c was running.

Tuesday morning autumn continued:

  • I started a loaf of bread in my bread machine.  Nothing smells better than baking bread except for….
  • I put apples in the crockpot with a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to make a batch of spiced applesauce. That smells wonderful too.
  • I washed my fall quilt and hung it outside on the line to dry.

You know, it doesn’t feel like pretend autumn at all for it is autumn in my head and my heart and my home, all the places that matter!

 

Looking for Autumn in All the Wrong Places

I am impatient for autumn.  I am always impatient for autumn. Hands down it is my favorite season.  Even with Christmas looming I always feel a bit of a pang when I take all those colorful leaves down and pack up the pumpkins.

I also feel a bit off kilter this time of year. It is August, it is hot, it is very much still summer.  But school has been in session a few weeks now.  That is supposed to mean autumn is peeking around the corner.  There should be a hint of frost in the early morning air, a crispness.  But it will remain shorts weather well into October and some years even November.  My poor brain has a hard time coping with this.

I seem to be doing a fair amount of on-line shopping lately.  A replacement for snacking? (I hope not!)  I look at my purchases and realize I am looking for autumn. I am excited to be getting ready for my son’s birthday and the upcoming holidays.  And by holidays I mean Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I have bought pajamas for my son for both holidays.  It can be hard to find Thanksgiving jammies which baffles me.  What are you supposed to wear while watching the parade and eating pancakes?

Found them!

I have been buying fun Halloween candy, Ghost Poofs, how cool! A Halloween game and Halloween stampers for prizes at school.  Okay, yes I also bought a set of stamps for my son and I to share.

I have also been buying sweaters and long sleeve shirts. What? I know it is crazy. My logic is I am looking for lightweight sweaters/shirts more suited to our pretend winter.  And I have been stuck on the color gray for some reason. Six gray shirts I have bought this year. Two are for my sports teams, Miami Heat and the Denver Broncos.  Now I am ready for January!  My favorite find?  A lightweight sweater with birds on it from The Vermont Country Store. Perfect fit, feel, super cute and on clearance!  I can’t wait to wear it.

Still Life: Gray shirts.

I know it is illogical but I am hoping for an actual cold winter this year.  We had the hottest June and wettest July, is the snowiest January that farfetched?  At the very least I want to be able to wear long sleeves (without sweating).  I have to add that because I could be one of those people who ignore the actual temperature and dress according to the calendar. Honestly I fear that may happen to me this year.

I keep telling myself to be patient.  Autumn is still almost a month away according to the calendar.  Soon I will be bringing in the autumn totes and decorating away. Soon.  I give myself permission to start working with my son to figure out his Halloween costume. (Maybe an elevator, how fun is that!?) And maybe I take a peek at my Gooseberry Autumn cookbook.  And paint my toenails orange.  It feels the perfect color to transition from late summer to almost autumn.  Plan an apple picking trip for Labor Day weekend, yes please.  And we have our first U of A football game 2 Sept.  Maybe autumn isn’t as far away as it seems.

 

A creepy Halloweenish photo.

 

Happy Almost Fall!