Thursday, October 29, 2009

Living. Lovely. ~ Celebrate Autumn

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity;

but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance.

What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world

and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?

~Hal Borland

Bittersweet October.

The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.

~Carol Bishop Hipps In a Southern Garden, 1995

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.

For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.

~Edwin Way Teale

Did you

Celebrate Autumn

this week?

Russ is on a roll this week. Sunday evening he took the boys up to the neighbor's orchard and picked me a huge basket of apples.
I've made a couple batches of applesauce with cinnamon and local honey. I adore the smell of simmering applesauce.

Russ also carved a pumpkin with the boys... which is the first time we've ever done that, amazingly!
It was a terrific boy project.

I got a pedicure, and picked out a lovely fall colored polish. Does that count?
I happen to think it was a most relaxing way to celebrate autumn. Grin.

Tonight, I'm off to our October ChocLit Guild meeting.
Talking about books (Jane Eyre in particular) while eating chocolate in the company of marvelous friends...
Yep. I'm celebrating.

Tomorrow, we are off to another pumpkin farm with cousin Ivy and our friends Christina and Jake.
Then we'll spend the evening at a costume party with our friends John, Char, McKinnon, and Monet.

I'm going to need a long nap after all this celebrating is over....


Next week's Living. Lovely. challenge:

Find Unexpected or Out of Context Lovely.

My friend, Jodi, sent me a timely link to this blog post.

But if you have time, I urge you to read the Washington Times article, Pearls before Breakfast, in its entirety.
It is well worth your time. I particularly noticed this paragraph:

There was no ethnic or demographic pattern to distinguish the people who stayed to watch Bell, or the ones who gave money, from that vast majority who hurried on past, unheeding. Whites, blacks and Asians, young and old, men and women, were represented in all three groups. But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.

And because I adore finding connections (a la this post), Russ and I watched The Soloist recently and thought it was an excellent movie.


Shell in your Pocket said...

I have not celebrated Fall like I use's just been crazy around here.
sandy toe

Molly Anne said...

Yay I wasn't a slacker this week! Haha. :)

I get to celebrate autumn with a friend and her little girl on Saturday - a trip to an orchard, a walk through a pumpkin patch - I'm looking forward to it!

My post:

Anonymous said...

Hope you had fun at Bauman's. I'm usually totally exhausted after being there. I can't imagine going to another party later! ~Tera

Anonymous said...

The Soloist was a beautiful movie! And the Washington Post article was so tragically true. Time to slow down. And how sad that the children who appreciated it for what it was and not where it was were rushed along. So very very sad but typical of our society today. Thanks for sharing the article. I am reposting it to my FB page. --April H.

Angel said...

Skeller said...

really not much fall to be found here in socali :-}. BUT, I'm hoping to find a little bit at Yosemite this weekend [crossing fingers!].

hey, Jane Eyre. like it any better this time thru? or same impression as before? inquiring minds want to know....

Mon Cheri said...

I read that Washington Post article, and was mesmerized. Wow, makes you wonder what you would have done. I like to think I'd be different but who knows!
So I'm trying to find beauty in unexpected places this week!!

Elena_Valeriote said...

Sounds like a lot of fun :) I just love all the fall festivities...

Heidi said...

Susan~ I'll review it this next week. You'll have to wait.... :)