The storms finally arrived bringing with them falling temps and tumbling leaves. I have counted the days for months, longing for the turning of the season and shift of the breeze. Impatient as I am for the favored colder months, I have already planned autumn activities, pulled out recipes and served a celebratory soup.
Today is the 1st day of Fall. I am anxious to unpack my pumpkins, hang Autumn wreaths and replace summer flowers with brightly colored mums. I am anxious too, for chilly breezes, sweaters and boots but I fear that that is still some weeks away.
Things to do:
Unpack our hiking boots! As the cooler weather rolls in and the trees bursts into vibrant colors, we will hike through the wooded mountains of HaHa Tonka park. Turkey Pen Hollow is a 6.7 mile, moderate trail looping through the heavily forested hills. The castle trail is but a short stroll but it is my hope to visit it during the height of fall to capture some pics of the castle ruins that sits high upon the bluff above the lake.
*Wish list item: tour the Ozark Caverns by lantern.
*Attend The Old Tyme Apple Festival in the heart of the local mennonite community in the nearby city of Versailles providing they hold it this year. .. There will be a sock hop, arts & crafts, apple pie contest, antique car show, baby dumplin & darlin contest, a fiddler’s contest, live music and everything apple!
*Bake, Bake, Bake! Apple and pecan pies, apple walnut cakes, pumpkin bread and pumpkin dog biscuits for my spoiled dogs.
*Carve pumpkins that I’ve picked from a pumpkin patch. I’m bored with the same old Jack-O-lanterns that are seen virtually everywhere and not being one for Halloween decor, I want to try my hand at a filigree type pattern for lovely lanterns on my porch.
*Go window shopping: I love strolling past the shops fragranced with apple, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. We’ll stop along our way, popping in for a warm drink to carry with us. Clay usually has a pumpkin spiced latte while I, a hot cocoa. We stop in the Yankee Candle shop, stocking up on the candles of the season and Bath & Body Works.
*Make Popcorn balls, candied and caramel apples & pears. Carry them to nieghbors to celebrate the season with them. I’m excited to simmer hearty soups, stews and chili. I am ready for the first fire in the fireplace and the smell of it on the frigid night air…the inklings of winter soon.
*Spend hours curled up on the couch with a blanket and good book. I love retrieving a loved book from the shelf that I haven’t read in a long while, flipping through, discovering the brightly colored fall leaves that I had pressed between it’s pages in seasons past.
I haven’t been camping in a long while but Autumn was my favorite time of year. I loved waking in the morning to the scent of the campfire and blowing frosty breath over cups of steaming coffee. I loved the long meandering walks we’d take with the dogs down trails and winding country lanes, stargazing and talking for hours by the fire with no phones, computers or TV’s.
*I want to take a hayride, get lost in a corn maze, follow the wine trail, visiting Shawnee Bluff and Seven Springs vineyards. Maybe we’ll see an evening concert at the outdoor amphitheater or picnic in the park.
I am ready for Autumn, anxiously awaiting the turning of the season and the leaves but for now, I’ll spend these last few warm days wringing out the last drops of summer. I’ll swim off my dock, kayak around our cove and take the last few afternoon cruises around the lake before packing Summer and my toys away.
*Added Note: While talking to Angel @ Watch Your Life In Pictures, she (again) inspired me, calling to mind that… Granted, I’m not one for withstanding heat very well so Summer is my least favorite, yet I am reminded that each season is a gift and holds it’s own unique blessings and beauty….each its own flavors, fragrance, activities and each with a hope
and anticipation of the next to come. 😊
Always with Love – Laura💕