Fall

September 30, 2009

Some thoughts today, because it’s rainy and I’m feeling thoughtful.

Feeling fall nesting coming on.  It’s conference weekend and I’m wanting to clean and organize the house from the summer mania.  Put up fall decorations.  Plan for the Stoddard Family Halloween Feast.  Wanting to bake yummy warm tasty things to eat.  Bread, zucchini bread, cookies.  Mmmm.  Also wanting to make and can the pizza sauce to use up all those tomatoes.  Make the Pechuga Over Rice recipe from the Mexican resteraunt in Cody we went to last month.  (Maybe I can talk Chef Dave into cooking it while I take Syd to piano lessons?).  Maybe turn the fireplace on and read a book on the couch.  But then there are also these things I’d like to do.

Go sage hen hunting with Dave.  Not because I necessary like to kill things, but because I love being out in the crisp fall air and walking and just being outside.  Seeing the soft sagey colors of the fall sagebrush and the red and orange leaves of the desert bushes and the dried wheat colored grasses. 

I’m in the mood to take photographs of the fall colors.  Maybe take a little hike or a walk and play with my camera.  I’d like to learn more about taking pictures like this (Pioneer Woman – Your Fall Bokeh).  Can I do that with my point and shoot? 

I’d like to sit and scrapbook.  I’ve been wanting to do a mini book of our bike trip.  Still need to do a book of our cruise from a couple of years ago.  Not to mention all the other thousand of photos I have to scrapbook and scan into the computer. 

There’s also the yard.  Which needs some grass.  I really need to see grass in the spring.  I’m tired of dirt and rocks.  Tired of a dirt and dust and weed yard.  I want to plant some bulbs and watch them come up in the spring.  That would make me happy. 

Cuddle on the couch with Dave and watch a good movie.  Get tired and dreamy and fall asleep on the couch next to him.  Sleep in on Sunday.  Mmmm.  That sounds good too.

Looks like I’ve got my weekend all planned doesn’t it?  I don’t know that all that will get accomplished…but I may see some of it. While I cringe a little at the thought of winter coming around the corner, part of me looks forward to it.  The peace and quiet of it.  The being at home comfy of it.  The time to do homey things.  Mostly I just love fall because it’s still in between.  It’s still decent enough to be outdoors, but it’s not the crazy coming and going and busyness of summer.  We aren’t trying to pack something into every second because our summers seem so short.  Now is the time to pull back from that a little bit and take a breath and slow down a little bit.  At least that’s how I’d like it to be.  Sometimes it still seems a bit crazy, probably because I let it get that way.  But it is different.  It is at least a little slower and softer.  So, here’s to fall and my favorite months of the year!

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The girls went back to school today.  It’s the big sign that summer is coming to a close.  I have to admit I actually like that.  I love summer, but it gets so hectic and crazy.  I’ve often wondered what the heck someone meant when they made up the “lazy days of summer” phrase! 

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year.  The real heat is gone, but it’s still nice enough to enjoy being outside.  The fall colors are awesome.  If any of you have seen my house it’s full of browns, orange, a little red, and sage green.  I am just a fall person.  Dave just gets depressed that summer is almost over, but I always look forward to the change of seasons. 

The kids had a good 1st day at school and feel their teachers are going to be awesome.  I wish this excitement and ease in getting them up would last longer than a couple of days.  Pretty soon it will be dragging them out of bed and nagging about getting their homework done.  Sigh…I always liked school and even enjoyed getting my homework done.  I know I’m weird!