I do not take Fall lightly.
There is something about Autumn that tends to take all of my stresses and frustrations and, moment by moment, relieve me of them. A whiff of cool, fresh air followed by a tingling chill thats runs up the spine from the warmth of the sun relieves, even for a few moments, the weights of the world I let myself carry. If I were forced to oscillate between intense summer heat and frigid winter cold I would be an emotional, bi-polar wreckage; bouncing between the go-go-go stress of summer activities and the depressing "I'm ready for it to not be cold" stress of the winter. I am so thankful for the season of life that allows me to sleep well at night with no heating or cooling, maybe just a cracked window letting Mother Nature lull me to rested-ness with her gentle whispers and perfect lullabies; to snuggle up underneath the perfect amount of sheets and quilts and be totally and utterly at rest. Sigh.
My heart rejoices when the leaves of trees begin ever-so-slightly to resemble the dancing flames of campfires that have been and foreshadow those that are sure to come. A repressed spirit emerges from within me that cries out to those I dare not forget....Apple Cider. Peanut Brittle. Pumpkin Pie. Peanut Butter Fudge. My long time friends gather unfathomable strength upon the changing of the seasons and force themselves into fruition through the means of my feeble hands. I am but a lowly vessel; sacrificing alloted grocery dollars to bring about the reign of the all things festive. Maple Pumpkin Cheescake, you are queen.
|Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake...Great Success!|
|Linvilla...a small portion of 300 acres|
|Man of Many Talents|
|Behold....the Potato Chip Ring|
|Chomping down on a few juicy Golden Delicious apples :)|