welcome fall, two ways.

September 21, 2017

fall, two ways | reading my tea leaves

Tomorrow, fall, which seems deserving of celebration in spite of everything. I’ve always been something of a season watcher. It’s worth the moment to marvel, I think, at the way the light changes in a room after dinner, or to notice that the crabapples are starting to blush, or that the squirrels have renewed their scampering along a window ledge, mouths puffed up with evidence of their hard work. Having kids makes the seasons’ passing seem all the more poignant. Last fall, only the glimmer of acknowledgement from a two-year-old that leaves had changed color. This fall, every day a new question about when the colors will start to creep in and if it’s time to fill up our bucket with acorns. “We can look for stars at bedtime now, Mama.”

Pick apples, two ways.
+ Head to the local market, fill up a bag with apples, make apple sauce.
+ Visit a local orchard and pick your own right off the tree.

Fend off colds, two ways.
 Stock up on hankies.
Whip up a batch of fire cider.

Snuggle up, two ways.
 Dig your favorite throw blanket out of deep storage.
+ Consider one of these beauties.

Embrace autumn colors, two ways.
+ Gather yourself some goldenrod.
+ Wear a maple-hued sweater

Bring in the light.
+ Make a tin can lantern.
+ Stock up on tapers

Enjoy fall leaves, two ways:
+ Gather colorful leaves and make a leaf wall.
+ Make nutmeg maple butter cookies and cut ’em into leaf shapes.

Get into nature, two ways:
+ Download a plant list, head out on a treasure hunt. (First one to find sneezeweed wins!)
+ Take a train, walk a ways in the woods, head home again.

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  • Reply Аnn September 21, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Great ideas! 🙂

  • Reply Erin September 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Will def be making fire cider this fall! 🙂

  • Reply Molly September 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Wonderful ideas!

  • Reply Niken September 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Love this list!! I’ll bring the light and snuggle up

  • Reply Taylor September 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I love that sweater but does the web site have an English version? Thanks!

  • Reply Camila September 21, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Love the ideas! <3

    Can't wait to mull some spices this year. Maybe even try that fire cider 🙂

  • Reply Alix September 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I love posts that take time to reflect on the changing of the seasons!

  • Reply Neurotic Workaholic (@WeirdWorkaholic) September 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I was actually kind of dreading fall because with fall comes winter, which lasts a very long time and can be pretty brutal here in the Midwest. But your post reminded me that there are actually a lot of things to look forward to this fall. 🙂

  • Reply Christie September 22, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    These seasonal posts are among my favorites!
    I’ll add my favorite cold fighting drink suggestion, too. I take an approximately 1 inch nub of ginger and slice it thinly (no need to peel). Pour over 8-10 oz of boiling water and let it steep for a while (I usually do 10 minutes because I love ginger). Strain out the ginger. Add a tiny (or big) pinch of cayenne (depending on how much spice you like and need), the juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2-3 TBS of honey. Stir well.

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