Can You Feel It?

I love this time of year when the mornings are crisp with the smell and feel of autumn. We’ve been so fortunate in Maryland this year. We had just the right amount of rain and for the first time that I can remember, no Dog Days of Summer. Usually August carries the 3 H’s. Hazzy, Hot, and Humid! But not this August. This AM it was in the 50’s. I’ve hung the sheets out to dry and can’t wait to sink my body into the crispness of them tonight.


Mornings like this that are Fall like also remind me of the day I brought home my first born. She was so tiny only weighing in at 5.15 lbs and short as a peanut. I remember how she disappeared in every piece of clothing I had for her and when we placed her in the car seat, well, she nearly fell out. We packed towels all around her just to keep her from slipping out. Thus was born her business, web, blog….name: CrispSeptember!

In many ways, I’ve been anticipating these great Fall days with mixed feelings. Our first born, Becca, is leaving for her big adventure in Germany the day before her 24th birthday. It’s a sweet sorrow that we’re feeling. These babies are given to us by our Abba Father, to raise up in the Lord and then to release them like arrows. She’s so ready to fly. Help us Father, to let her go. To do as we’ve always done. Place her in Your loving care.

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I’ve also been contemplating a hoop house. As the seasons are changing, I can feel it in my body as well. I don’t have the cravings for greens and fresh foods as I did in the Spring. I am looking more towards the foods that warm and nourish the bones. I just don’t have the drive to be in the garden. It’s time for cleaning, and settling in for the winter. Although I love the heat of summer, I’m ready for a rest. For the hibernation that comes so easily. Time for knitting, sewing, cooking and creating.

My ferments are put up for the winter. No need for fresh since the natural preservation of fermenting gives us all we need. I really can’t see myself running out in the snow for a bunch of greens. Learning to eat in season takes a special awareness. Living simply takes thought and preparation.

It’s time to pack food in the freezer for winter. The chickens will be ready in October and there will not be more until Spring. The goats and lambs will also be ready soon. Apples will be on and sauces and pies will be on my agenda.

I’m feeling tired. It’s a good tired. After living for so long in a “coma” from Lyme Disease, this has been my first spring and summer fully alive! I’ve lived life to the fullest. And now I can feel it in the air. It’s time to start unwinding for a long winter. Time to refresh and nurture myself and my family.

Time to rest.

Photo credit: Flickr

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