I don’t know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall. I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves. It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing. Immediately I thought, “Ok, its time to re-decorate!” The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.
Autumn is the time of year that I don’t remember that I love until its here again. I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night. Plus, it is so beautiful. Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal. (They were just green!!!)
Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all. It isn’t too far now. Are you ready?
It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.
Falling leaves and rosy cheeks, football and tailgating.
Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.
Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.
Earth tones and natural wonders.
I’m ready, if a little sad to see this summer go. Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.
Yes. That’s exactly what I need.
My Favorite Hot Toddy:
1 good sized mug
1-1/2 oz. Jameson
1 bag of Lipton black tea
Top with hot water
2-3 lemon slices
honey to taste
Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.