This week’s Ten On Tuesday theme is 10 Things You Want But Can’t Afford, but I agree with Carole that this is a depressing theme. We’re kind of broke right now, so I’m trying to think about what we have and not what we don’t. The latter is a great big list, but the former is a pretty big list on its own. Broke or not, we’re pretty fortunate around here, so I don’t want to dwell on material goods* that I lust after.
So instead, I’m following Carole’s lead and going, instead, with a theme of 10 Things You Love About Fall:
- The crisp weather and chill breezes. I dream about this all through the summer heat.
- The glorious colors.
- The whirr of wings as geese fly overhead while taking a walk at dusk. It always makes me stop to watch them fly by.
- Samhain, which is my second favorite holiday after Mabon.
- Apple picking.
- The beginning of soup and stew season.
- Autumn veggies like butternut squash and broccoli and brussels sprouts.
- Pumpkin picking and carving.
- The endless amusement I get watching the cats as the wind blows the leaves around outside and they try to leap at them through the window.
- The bginning of knits season.
* The number 1 thing on a list of that theme would actually have been unlimited IVF attempts and number two would have been donor eggs, but the rest would have been material things.
I decided to put up the new Project Spectrum design a day early. That summer/fire design never did it for me and I actually hated visiting my own Web site as a result. I find this one more to my taste.
The photo in the header is one I took last November on a photo walk through Rockefeller Preserve. I’d just gotten my Nikon, and I still love the photos I took that day, even though I was still learning how to use the camera. I thought it was a perfect fit for this phase of Project Spectrum, because not only does it show autumn, but also water and the blue sky. Here’s another shot from that day:
It’s a relief to me to be moving into the autumn phase of Project Spectrum, much as it’s a relief to me to be moving into autumn itself. This has always been my favorite time of year. Scott has a theory that people love best the season in which they were born, and for the two of us, that certainly holds true.
Many people see autumn as a time of endings, but to me this time of year seems so full of promise and hope. Maybe it’s the connotations with back-to-school time that were imbedded so deeply in me as a child, but I think it’s mostly because I see this blaze of glory, this last great party of Mother Nature in a riot of color and harvest, and it makes me think about the wheel of life and how what looks like death leads to new beginnings. (There’s a reason the Pagan year begins on November 1, after all.) All I know for sure is that autumn makes me feel more creative than any other time of year.
Not to mention, it’s the beginning to knits season.
I think this year I’ll do a big feast for Mabon. It’s my favorite hoiday, and I love autumn’s food, with its apples and nuts and pork and wine and yumminess. And now my stomach is rumbling just thinking about it, so I need to get some lunch and start the week’s bread-baking.