Ready or Not, It’s Fall

The past few weeks have flown by a bit unexpectedly. At the beginning of the month, I thought that things would be calmer since we didn’t seem to have many impending commitments. But things really filled in and, when combined with progressively shorter days, it’s been surprisingly busy.

I did manage to keep up on my intention to get outside for at least a half hour every day. I only missed 2 of the 21 days. One of those days was they day that drove back from Lower Michigan—a 9-hour trip—and when we returned, I only spent a little time in my garden picking veggies before going inside to stew 10 pounds of tomatoes. The other day that I didn’t go out happened when I went out for dinner and a presentation after work and it slipped my mind.

But it’s been good overall. And I especially love the character of the sunlight this time of year. It’s lower in the sky and it’s more golden at dusk, making everything have this wonderful contrast of gold highlights and dark shadows. The leaves, which are only beginning to change color, will amplify this affect in a week or two when all the reds and oranges kick into full force.

Rather than detail everything from the past three weeks, here are few highlights from the past 3 weekends.

Weekend 1 (9/12-9/13): We met up a college friend, his amazing wife, and their two kids and stayed at a small cabin for the weekend. The cabin was inland, but near to Lake Superior so the guys could go fishing in the mornings.

We stayed in a little cabin with friends, and it was only a 5-minute walk to the shore of Lake Superior.
We stayed in a little cabin with friends, and it was only a 5-minute walk to the shore of Lake Superior.

 

I found this on the beach, which was a fun little surprise. The footprints are a nice touch to this piece of art.
I found this on the beach, which was a fun little surprise. The critter tracks are a nice touch to this piece of nature-inspired art.

Weekend 2 (9/19-9/20): We drove to Lower Michigan to see Sexy’s family. The main activities were transporting firewood to his parents’ house to get them ready for winter and my going to his sister’s baby shower. It’s a long drive there and back, but while we were there it was pretty mellow and I was able to relax at the family cabin.

In the mornings, it was nice to walk along the river and relax.
In the mornings, it was nice to walk along the river. At one point, I saw a snapping turtle hanging out in one of the smaller channels and watched it for 10 minutes or more.

Weekend 3 (9/26-9/27): After a bunch of busy weekends, it was imperative that I spend as much time possible at home. Because even though I am outgoing and like adventures, I also need to spend substantial amounts of time by myself at home in order to feel sane. Sexy went out with friends on Saturday evening, but I happily stayed home to mop the floors, cook, and take a very slow walk to the lake. It sounds like he had a great time, but my version of the evening’s events still sounds better to me.

One of my favorite parts of fall: grapes! I picked at least 5 pounds. Should Sara and I make jam or wine?
One of my favorite parts of fall: grapes! I picked at least 5 pounds. Should Sara and I make jam or wine?
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3 thoughts on “Ready or Not, It’s Fall

  1. I enjoyed your article, thanks. Yes! The fall is marvelous. What I like the most is the flavor of those pitted, marked, ugly (not like in the grocery store) tomatoes – they are the tastiest tomatoes of the season. Putting in plants for the fall, and to over-winter, is such a pleasure. Great photos, too! Especially the seat – I also need lots of reflection time alone, and much neglected health booster in this society. But, things always change.

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