Autumn. This will be my first autumn in Alaska, though I am not unfamiliar with the charms of this season.
While some may look at it as the “end” of something – a time when much of the world around us is dying, and in the case of the leaves in my yard, falling to the ground and littering everything - fall has always been a favorite of mine. Especially those perfect fall days when the sun is shining in a blue sky, and there is a slight chill on the breeze.
For me, it is a time of reflection, preparation, and creativity! One often finds extra time to ponder things while raking the endless leaf litter or harvesting the fruits of a prosperous growing season. I recall days past, and the many “chores” of the season. Somehow, splitting firewood and finishing off outdoor projects, followed by hearty pots of stew or chili and warm bread, seemed more like fun than chore!
At this time of year, I also start making a mental list, and yes, endless written and digital lists, LOL, of projects I want to work on over the winter months. This is when my creativity starts really kicking in, and you can often find me with pen and paper in hand, sketching and jotting down ideas. Like filling a larder with food for the winter, I am packing away my ideas for when I can pull them out in a few months, and hopefully turn them into reality.
As I prepare for guests arriving, I sweep the leaves from the cabin porch, and make a batch of homemade doughnuts to greet them with, and I hope they will take the time to breathe in the fresh air of our Alaskan autumn.
So, whether autumn is upon you already, as it is for those of us here in Alaska, or whether autumn is yet to make an appearance – Enjoy the season!