It has been a long month! But as usual, we are survivors!! While recovering from the Virginia-ick (happens every Fall. Sinus’ and allergies!), I still managed to get Christmas orders made and shipped or delivered and start a new job. Today, I am off work. Tried to sleep in but it did not work. Awoke at 5am 😳. Anyway, the house is still quiet. My daughter and pastry chef arrived home safe and sound. My son and hubby have to work today and I’m thankful they are gainfully employed. So much goodness to reflect on this season. It can be so easy to get distracted by current events and see all the bad stuff going on in and around the world. My heart breaks for all these calamities and all who are affected by them. And at the end of the day, I now my head and whisper to God, Lord I’m thankful.
Some things we created to help others celebrate in their own way..
I have a tendency to go off the radar for awhile every year during this time. It will last until late November and then it is the holiday season. So for me from now until Easter, I’m having a blast. It is like a really long party and it all starts with the changes that Fall brings. The leaves are falling from some trees and air is cooler while Coastal Virginia’s humidity dies down to a respectable level. But, I love love love those misty rainy days yet my heart and prayers are always with those who have had their fill of torrential weather this year. 🙏♥️
You know how people go all out for decorations for Christmas? I start as soon as Fall hits but this year my Fall obsession is in overdrive. We walked in the house earlier this week from being outside ‘all’ day and just ripped the carpet up from the dining room and front room (no I am not sharing a picture of that!). We have no idea what we are going to put down but at least the carpet is up. The dogs are thoroughly confused by the concrete floors and the echo. So while we look for flooring, I decided to make some small changes that were a lot less labor intensive. I made kitchen towels and pot holders. This way I get what I want at a fraction of the cost and it is easy and uniquely made by me 🙂
There are certain scents I associate with Fall. Rather than buy those expensive candles of pumpkin spice, welcome home, apple pie or Carmel somebody, I use a small crockpot and cut up and orange cinnamon stick, clove, nutmeg and water. I let it simmer most of the day. I refrigerate it at night and use again for a few days. Just add water. This wonderful aroma will put me in the mood to bake every time! Hmmmm … I’m thinking homemade Ginger Snaps! Any suggestions?