Monday, August 31, 2015

Not quite autumn









I've spent the last few days fighting a serious head cold with all the trimmings - sore throat, headache, drippy nose, low-grade fever and general achiness. My children brought it home from school the week before last. Already, they were sick in the second week of the school year. I was annoyed, and even more so when I contracted the stupid thing myself. I hate to be sick. I can't really rest or take care of myself, it's not like life stops just because Mom is feeling poorly. At least I could rest more over the weekend, with the Bear at home. I sat on the couch a lot, in and out of blankets as my body dictated. It was the first time I'd worn a blanket while awake in a couple of months and it made me feel excited, in spite of my hacking cough and burning throat.

It was the whole idea that it's almost blanket season. It really made me happy. I love this time of year, when we're just on the cusp of fall. I don't feel this way at the beginning of any of the other seasons, except maybe winter, when I feel I'm getting ready for something potentially fierce, probably at least uncomfortable. But when fall is just getting started, there's a special thrill. It feels like life is becoming organized again. We're back in school, we're planning, checking things off our lists. The heat is finally waning, dulled around the edges. The sun is angled and shadows lengthen by the day. I look forward each year to taking my fall clothes out again, wearing something that isn't loose and shapeless. My summer wardrobe is a joke; it consists of about eight t-shirts and four pairs of shorts. I never bother investing much in summer clothes; it doesn't make me feel better. I'd rather wear a nightgown all day than get dressed nicely only to sweat. I've recently gone through my fall and winter stuff and upgraded a few things, so now I'm even more eager.

For this week, since I consider September first to be FALL, equinox be damned: I bought a new tea-light holder at World Market a few weeks ago, and I plan to buy a new scented jar candle for fall, maybe tomorrow. I need to change my garden flag in the courtyard, from strawberries to autumn leaves. I will switch to my dark purple phone case, having used a pale aqua one since March. I may dust off my hairdryer, unused since April or May, and actually impart some kind of style to this hair of mine. I will make well-child appointments with the pediatrician for both of my September babies. I started my winter crochet project yesterday. I may bake a pie. Heck, I just might bake some apples, and a pie.

30 comments:

  1. lovely stack of wood in the rack and Sambucol for your cold...it's a natural remedy, elderberry extract syrup and good for immune boosting, preventing virus type illness and shortening them once you've got them.
    I swear by it!

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  2. So sorry to hear you had a cold already. Definitely try some natural remedies, like Thistle Cove Farm recommended - they really do help! Helps keep your immune system boosted too, so you won't catch as many viruses in the first place. Well, our weather was definitely fall-like all this past week and it was actually kind of depressing because there was just this dull heaviness in the air and no sunshine. Neighborhood was just too quiet with all the kids in school. It was weird. Anyway, as is typical in my area, the weather is taking another turn this week. The sun is back out today and it will be in the mid 80's. Then near 90 the rest of the week and threats of thunderstorms.

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  3. It must be a universal syndrome : first weeks of school, children getting colds & later on their moms get it... I hope you'll feel better soon !!
    I also always look forward to the beginning of autumn, but this year is different... We had a fantastic summer and I really am not ready to give it up yet... (And while I type this, it is starting to rain and temperatures are dropping... Pffff. Not funny...)

    PS what bird is that, sitting on your garden wall ??? He looks soooo funny ! Almost a cartoon character !
    Xxx

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  4. Hey Jennifer,
    Having a lovely catch up here. I have no computer again, and have felt very much put of the loop. I am a fan of Autumn. The tourists go home, the days are still fine, the beaches and town are reclaimed, there is jam to be made from hedgerow bounty. And Autumn clothes...how I love them! The earthy colours and layering of tunic and jeans. I shall be buying a new pair of wellingtons, a thought that makes me giddy with excitement ;-) So sorry that you have the lurgy. It always happens when a new school year starts. Very annoying. I hope this finds you feeling better, but if not I hpe that this finds you tucked up under your blanket with a good strong hot cup of tea.
    Leanne xx

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  5. oh, get well soon xxx happy autumn cosying x

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  6. Hope you're feeling better. I have been reading your blog for quite some time and loving the images and thoughts. Quite excited to see the roadrunner - had to look it up as I had never seen one before. As you head towards autumn, we have just entered spring.

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  7. Children are so generous with their germs! I hope you feel a lot better really soon.

    What is that bird on the wall in the 4th picture down? We don't have any of those here!

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  8. So sorry you've been under the weather, that's a downside of the autmn isn't it, the germs that suddenly start circling. I'm a bit annoyed as well today, I fell over playing football and hurt my foot. As you say, no time off for mums. I'm hobbling though, not sure if I can drive. Sigh. Lovely photos Jennifer, is that a roadrunner on your fence? I'm guessing it is. The new tealight holder is lovely. You've reminded me I should dig out some candles. It's been chilly and damp here these past few days. Wishing you a lovely fall. CJ xx

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  9. Hope you're feeling a little better. The good news is that the older the children get the fewer colds they bring home to share with their loved ones. I'm holding onto summer here, for me autumn starts the day after my son's birthday on the 28 September. Drink plenty of hot fluids and take care of yourself Jennifer, a warm apple pie sounds like just the ticket.

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  10. I hope you feel better soon. There must be something in the air, my niece is home with strep throat and my sister thinks she may be getting it.
    I am ready for cooler weather, I am tired of sweating. I want a fire, stew on the woodstove, and since you mentioned it, I wouldn't mind a pie either.
    Take care.

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  11. This feels like a cosy post, so yes, definitely autumnal. And that roadrunner, too cute.

    I do hope you're feeling better now x

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  12. Hi Jennifer! I am sorry to hear that you got sick, and that your children were sick as well. I am happy to hear that you are on the mend, though. My daughter came home last Thursday with a runny nose and just feeling tired in general, but after about three days she started feeling better. Your summer wardrobe sounds identical to mine, and I am so bored of it. Yes, I am very ready for the cozy fall season to begin.

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  13. Oh no! Get well soon Jennifer. Love the roadrunner, if that's what it is.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear you're sick.. but by the end of the post you sure seemed to perk up.. even thinking of baking a pie! Our little grandsons start school tomorrow and that means they'll be bringing home illnesses to us older folks which is scary to me. I agree with you - September means fall to me, to heck with what the authorities say. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. There are some nasty colds going around here too. So far I've escaped them! Hope you are feeling better.
    I always enjoy seeing the roadrunners!

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  16. Arrgh...sorry about your cold. Four in our household, including me, succumbed to a flu bug over the last five days, but we are better and rejoicing that over the weekend we got some significant rain...so needed! It definitely is transitioning to fall and has been great to have the air-conditioning off and doors and windows flung open to cooler fresh air and no worrisome smokey wildfire smell. Wishing you well and continuing to enjoy the change of seasons. I love seeing your roadrunner, roses, yellow orange berries, your ready wood pile and candle light :) xx
    P.S. Thanks for sharing your M&M recipe...mmmm good looking [and I think it can still be good and be dairy and gluten free :)]

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  17. my favourite season... spring and autumn!!! although i personally celebrate at the equinox... I love to do a double wammie on the first of the month too... :) My eldest is a "first day of spring" baby too - so it makes today even more special. I love your candle and a scented candle will be gorgeous too dear new friend. I hope you feel better soon - sending healing vibes from across the globe xxx

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  18. We've just returned from on holiday and it seems like autumn has arrived with a bang when we weren't looking. We're not back at school yet, so I've probably got another couple of weeks before the we all get that start of term lurgy. Keep warm, drink lots of fluids and I hope you feel much better soon. xx

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  19. Hope you are on the mend and feeling a whole lot better soon. Love the logs all ready for the cooler evenings. I have just ordered a delivery, I love the feeling of having a well stocked wood shed. I am a great fan of baked apples, pies and crumbles too.

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  20. Autumn is probably my most favorite time. Hope that you are feeling much better by now. I am looking forward to seeing your winter crochet project. I'll bet it's going to be lovely.

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  21. It's feeling a lot like Fall here. We have been getting some rain that we desperately need. Hope you are feeling better! Yes, pie season is lovely!

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  22. What wonderful photos indeed. Hope you get back to your normal self, best wishes!

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  23. Equinox be damned, yes, I agree! I totally hear you and I share your love for this time of year. I hope you feel better soon.

    And hello to Mr Roadrunner. xx

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  24. Sorry you are not feeling too good ... lots of get well wishes coming your way !

    I love your first two photo's ...

    Happy September Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  25. I hope you feel better soon, Jennifer. Those seasonal viruses really make life difficult. I love Autumn too, and your photos seem to welcome the change of season. Is that a woodpecker I see there? funny bird. You know, in our long hot summer I have the same wardrobe most of the time - shorts, and tee shirts. Really all that you can wear at home in the heat. But I love my short sleeveless shift dresses for going out. And I have more sandals than is at all decent :)

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  26. I hope you're fully recovered from the bug you caught. How discouraging for you and your kids to be hit with it right at the beginning of the school year. I agree that September 1 should be the beginning of fall, never mind what the actual date is supposed to be. I made stew today, and cooked a squash. Both things felt like fall. :-)

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  27. Feel better soon lovely, there is a nip in the air here too of a morning, so I've been enjoying working on my blanket again
    Clare x

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  28. I'm the same as you : The summer to fall transition is just about my favorite time of year... For me, it's the comfort. You still get warm days, but there is always a breeze, a cloud, some cool shade... sneakers don't feel like saunas anymore, jeans are okay. You can forget the sunscreen sometimes, it,s not a big deal... The evening getting darker are amazing as well. It's always been hard for me to wind down when the sun is up at 9pm. :-) Wishing you an amazing fall. xo Hope you are feeling better.

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  29. I always think viruses are more prevalent when the seasons change. Hope you are feeling much better now. I am amazed by the bird in your photograph, I have never seen anything like that before. X

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