Wednesday, October 19, 2011
So, spoiler alert: I'm not the president, nor am I going to converse with the entire nation...though based on some things I've chatted about with people today, I might actually have something to say.
I *am* fireside. I've got every candle in my room burning bright. It's pouring rain outside, and the wind is howling. It's finally chilly enough for the navajo blankets I tend to curl up under not to bring suspicious looks. It's getting dark earlier, which I always have at least a degree of trouble with, and the leaves are falling quickly. In some ways I feel like fall may already be over, but in other ways it's like it's just beginning.
I put together a little bucket list of "Fall Things" I wanted to do, and I've gotten to do almost all of them.
We did a whole family thing a week or two later. My mom and grandma and I went out to Kenosha to the pumpkin patch that I've been going to since I was a kid, and got our pumpkins (which I *still* need to carve) and indian corn and had dinner at a barbecue place. We did NOT get to Apple Holler, but apparently that's a really hard place to get in to this time of year. :D
That was a really nice full day with everyone. Grandma and I got some alone time at Grant Forest Preserve in Round Lake waiting for Mom to get out of a meeting. We took a very short hike and stayed by the pond. Grandma told me Fall was her favorite season, and we spent a good amount of time just admiring the colors at sunset. My grandma is completely and utterly awesome.
I've enjoyed all of it. This past weekend I went to a birthday party of a friend's, and he and his wife always throw a huge Halloween inspired bash. His heart's in film and he's won awards for his stop motion animation. As a film buff, part of the party every year is screening films outside on a big projection screen while everyone sits around a nice big bonfire. My coat still smells like campfire. This year it was pretty cold, but they had plenty of blankets to pass around. There was great food, apple cider, (some alcoholic thanks to another drink, apple bob), all kinds of decorations and silliness, and it was great.
This weekend will be a road trip, hopefully involving some more photography. One thing fall has gotten me doing again is getting out and doing the things I love. It's inspired me to write (sometimes to stay home under the covers and write, hehe) and I need to keep that fire lit. So, whoever is out there reading this...keep me honest.
Keep me writing.
Keep enjoying fall, down to the very last drop of cider.