Sunday, September 13, 2009

Celebration of Fall

It is the weekend after Labor Day and although the temperatures here have been in the eighties, it is starting to feel and look a little like fall. I have started taking walks in the late afternoon or early evening and have noticed that the leaves are turning colors already. Also, it is cooler and darker in the morning and early evening. The busy Christmas season and winter are not too far away!
Last night my husband made a nice fire in our outdoor fire it. We sat outside around it and read until dark. He was reading a biography of David Carradine and I was reading this month’s Glamour magazine. Our dog Arthur sat nearby on guard duty. It was very relaxing. We could be companionable yet do our own thing. I brought a basket of hotdogs and buns, condiments, a pot of baked beans, chips, drinks, and the makings for s’mores. We talked and laughed and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, and ate. It was so much fun and so simple and inexpensive! It was a celebration of the beginning of the fall season.
Celebrating the holidays and seasons makes me happy. I love to decorate for the holidays and cook and bake seasonal foods. I also think it is very important to have something to look forward to. I try to have one thing to look forward to everyday. For instance, today I am looking forward to going to the movies with my husband this afternoon. I should be working outside because I have a lot to do and it is a beautiful Sunday afternoon. But work can wait. I love sitting in a dark theatre, eating a huge bucket of buttery popcorn, and watching the latest movie with my husband. When we finish the popcorn we will hold hands. It is truly the little things that make you happy. It could be a good book to read before bed, a good meal, a good dessert, a phone call with a friend or family member, a crossword puzzle, a warm, soothing bath, a cup of tea, a glass of wine - there are many things you can look forward to that will give you a little happiness.

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