Embracing Fall

I hate winter.  And while fall on its own is generally a nice season, in my eyes Fall is like Winter’s best friend.  You might not mind Fall, you might even like Fall, but since Winter tags along behind Fall, well, it kind of makes Fall a bit of a downer when he arrives at a party.  Does that make any sense?

Winter brings the cold, the dark, the end to long walks, long days, and playing in the garden.  All joking aside, I struggle during the winter months.  When the leaves start to change colors, it remind me that winter is on its way, and frankly I don’t look forward to that one bit.

This year, I’m trying to be different.  I’m trying to embrace fall and the beauty that comes along with it.  And while I might not succeed everyday, one day this week, when Monet and I were walking, I genuinely enjoyed the brisk air, the rustic colors, the dying plants, and my daughter’s fascination with all the changes around her.

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Thank you Monet, for helping me to see something so beautiful, so obvious –thank you for helping me to embrace fall.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.
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10 observations on “Embracing Fall
  1. April

    Hey Angela-

    I feel ya! I hate the cold–and frankly, after the first day of snow, it’s just a pain. I sometimes feel really cooped up in the winter. Like you, I really enjoy being outdoors. I love playing with my dogs, spending time at the farmer’s market, and taking walks with my husband.

    So, if I let myself dwell on the things that I don’t like about winter, I’d probably want to stay in bed all day with the covers over my head. Instead, I focus on the things that I love about winter, and I try to incorporate something I love about winter into every day. I love decorating for the holidays, baking Christmas cookies, enjoying hot cider with family and friends, watching my dogs frolic in the snow, and reading next to the fireplace with a hot cup of tea. If I look forward to one of those things each day, it helps me deal with all the things that I despise about winter.

    1. Angela

      Great comment April. I try doing this as well. I always throw myself into the holiday season, and then try to plan a warm trip somewhere late winter/early spring. I also anticipate that Monet might help me to love the snow a little more this year –watching her play in it might warm my bitter winter heart a bit 😉

      Thanks again April. I appreciate your understanding and encouraging words.

  2. Brittany

    I feel exactly the same way about fall, usually. I don’t do well in the winter, either, so fall was just the beginning of, or prelude to, winter. The only good thing about fall was starting new and exciting classes, which winter quickly turned into due dates, exams and essays.

    But, this is my first year to experience fall without school. So far, I am in love! The leaves are gorgeous, the air is fresh and lovely. The heat of this summer (hottest one on record!) suffocated me and I found myself longing for fall by mid-August.

    I know I’ll still suffer this winter, but at least I can enjoy fall 🙂

  3. Cyn

    Beautiful collage of photos, Angela! Ironically, it looks warm & inviting 🙂

    I am a girl who loves all the seasons. I think it’s the variety that I enjoy. Winter can be a bit of struggle with a toddler, though. I remember bundling up my boys, which took many minutes, then spending half that time outside.

    But now, we grab our boots and go for adventures in the cold and snow. I hope you have adventures this winter too!

  4. Linda @alamodestuff

    Angela, I am right there with you. I hate the grey, dreary months that winter brings. I do love Fall: the smell, the leaves changing, the cooler temps, but it does signal winter is near and I always dread the connection.

    Your positive attitude will certainly help change your outlook overall. I’m trying to do the same. Come January, you and I will have to commiserate.

    Your photos are gorgeous! Your walk with Monet will be a wonderful memory for years to come…especially in the hard months of winter.

  5. Angie

    I love winter as long as the skies are blue or snow is falling. Everything in between is yuck. I love how your perspective changes with your daughter’s genuine fascination and curiosity. Perhaps that joy will flow over into the winter months.

  6. Kristen

    I’m a big summer girl, and I am not that big a fan of fall, so I related to this a lot.
    I start to get a little perkier around Halloween, and then things start to get exciting around Thanksgiving, because that means Christmas is around the corner! And my birthday is two days after Christmas, so I really enjoy that holiday season. Then I start to get a little sad in January, because all those holidays are over, but then, the weather starts to get a little nicer and the days start getting a little longer, and then it’s spring, and that means that summer is right around the corner!!!!! 🙂 Yep, my whole year is just one crazy roller coaster ride through the seasons 🙂

  7. fairchildstreet

    I know the feeling but I do try and remember the differences about each season and focus on the nice things. The shorter days to me take away the freedom of wandering. Winter is about snuggling, cooking warm foods and doing more indoor stuff. I am in Melbourne Australia so we are in Spring time at the moment and enjoying the warmer days etc. Charmaine

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