Autumn Musings on a Day Off

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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I have been wound up so tight lately that I decided to take the day off- a mental health day, so to speak.  True, I cannot completely let go and I find myself checking my work email more often than not; however, I am not going to let it consume my every thought like it has over the past several weeks.  Sometimes you just have to let go for a little while to come back stronger.  That's my plan, at least!

So, what does a girl do to relax?  Me- I'm simply enjoying the quiet.  I sat outside on my back deck and let the cool breeze float by me.  It was one of those mornings where you can almost smell Fall in the air.  Oh, how I long for the change of seasons... to get that crisp, woodsy smell makes my heart skip a beat and know that I don't have to wait too much longer for my favorite time of year!

I am longing for pumpkin patches, warm vegetable soup simmering and the taste of hot apple cider dancing on my tongue... I long for those beautiful jewel-toned colors to pop up on all of the trees.  I think to the Robert Frost line "Nature's first green is gold" and I desperately wish to see that gold all around me.... I long for the autumn chill to fill the air- and actually stay for more than one day.   I'm simply a sucker for this season that will be taunting us for another month... but it will be here soon.  That is a promise I know it will keep.
Autumn also brings with it the desire to pull out books of the macabre that are aching to be read- books that fill you with thoughts of ghosts, goblins, and all sorts of things that go bump in the night.  Why not, right? This is indeed the season of my beloved Halloween & Samhain!  Without question one of my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe, was meant for a season such as this.  Whether reading the words he wrote or simply seeing them played out by the likes of Vincent Price, his presence is required to make the Fall complete.  As I continue my quest for a relaxing day, I will leave you with a version of Poe's "The Raven" that I discovered and have fallen madly in love with over the past couple of years.  Maybe this too will get you in the mood to bring a little of Autumn's wicked magic into your own life!


Leanne said...

Oh, I am right there with you. While this summer has flown by, I long for cooler days, pumpkin spice candles, and the fireplace burning bright. This post warmed my soul. Thank you!

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