A week from today is Thanksgiving and the next day is Black Friday.
This time of the year flies by so quickly. It's hard to believe that
within a week the fall decor will be packed away and out will come
the Christmas decorations.
Autumn is so different in south Texas. No fall color other
than the mums and pumpkins on the porches. We only started
wearing our sweaters a couple of weeks ago. Last week it was
so cold (at least for here) and today we are expecting a high of
71 degrees and thunderstorms.
It's a different lifestyle, yet we honor the seasons.
I do miss the sound of leaves crunching under my feet. Our pecan tree
drops it's leaves, but it is the only one in our yard that does.
I still have such fond memories of fall back home on the
North Shore of Chicago. I watched Home Alone again the other
night for the thousandth time because Kevin's neighborhood is
one I know so well. Raking leaves, crisp fall afternoons, college
football, riding my horse through the forest preserve under a
canopy of softly falling red and golden leaves.
Fall is the time when I want the whole house to smell of
apples and cinnamon. Now that we are back to standard time,
I love the soft glow of the lights in the house starting at
about 5 PM. Dinners are mostly comfy foods. Casseroles,
soups and stews on the menu so often these days.
Lots of meals with baked squash. David tolerates this, but I love it!
Acorn and butternut are two of my favorites.
Stacks of catalogs arriving at our doorstep daily. Frontgate, Grandin Road,
Gumps and the Vermont Country Store. The holiday additions of
Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn. The heavy Christmas issue of
Restoration Hardware. All so enticing and what David and I grab
to peruse after dinner each night.
It's such a nesting time of the year, especially in the evening. Once the
sun goes down we mostly want to stay at home and be cozy.
Have a wonderful autumn afternoon!
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley