Yesterday I looked down at my calendar and saw the notation, “first day of autumn”. It’s been cool here in Virginia, somewhat unusually so for the beginning of September, but it also cues a sense of anticipation, of something new to come. I love the fall, but then again, I love winter, spring, and summer. The change of the seasons feels like a right of passage.
I enjoy fall for its crisp cool nights, change of leaves, the fall fruits and veggies like the squash and apples I find at the farmer’s market. What is more fun than a corn maze, mums on the front porch, or a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the height of leaf color? As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler there is a sense of an ending as is appropriate for fall and the approach of winter. The anticipation of spring will soon follow and start the cycle over again.
Growing up I heard stories of my grandmother changing the curtains and rugs for summer and then back again at the start of fall. Something of that rubbed off for me. I tend to “decorate” for Easter, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, of course, Christmas. Nothing as elaborate as Christmas, but seasonal centerpieces for each holiday. So, this week I pulled out my velvet pumpkins for the dining room table. The geraniums I’d lovingly planted in containers on the front porch at the beginning of spring were on their last leg. It was time to freshen up the front door with mums for fall.
As I write this, I’m also making my “must do” list for the fall.
- Gather a group of friends and fin a corn maze to explore.
- Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and remember to bring my camera.
- Take 29 from Charlottesville to Lynchburg for a drive for leaves and fresh apples.
- Find a pumpkin patch and bring home fun pumpkins.
- Pull out my ceramic jack o’ lanterns for the front porch.
- Plan a movie night for all my favorite scares movies, calling John Carpenter!
- Football and tailgate Saturday, bonus points if I can arrange it for Kenan stadium.
- Cook up a pot of Brunswick stew.
- Change out my closet for warm clothes.
What is on your must do list for the fall?