The fall equinox happened last week for this hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it heralded spring. Here, it does not quite feel like autumn yet. I checked to find out when the temperatures would drop and feel more fall like– a couple weeks to go.
Autumn means preparing for winter and there is quite a bit to do. I have to get the furnace checked and the filter changed, get the sweaters out and put away summer clothes, pull in the hoses from outside, turn off the outside spigets, pull in the outdoor furniture, etc. I want to plant bulbs in a swath of my yard because I don’t care for the grass, which I typically let grown. My house is in its own tiny bit of recovering Michigan woodland and I see far more benefit to letting a bit of wild happen than in trying to maintain a groomed landscape. Part of it is that I am lazy, part of it is that I like watching the birds, deer and other wildlife that meander through my property. My property also benefits from the decaying leaf matter that makes my soil fertile. I love the oranges and yellows from the sumac and maples before the grey of winter.
Autumn means cooking down the pumpkins from the garden to make pumpkin bread and pies, freeze pumpkin puree, and roast pumpkin seeds. It means the smell of cinnamon in the kitchen and warm applesauce. It means canning or freezing tomato sauce until I am tired of tomato sauce and beginning to calculate whether or not buying it pre-prepared isn’t the better option.
The kids and I have all started back to school This fall semester I am taking a C++ data structures class and a class about relational databases. The school clothes, backpacks and new lunch boxes are already no longer new.
Autumn means Halloween. Costumes, a bit of a suspension of the ordinary, magic in the streets as children wander from house to house treated to candy. My children’s trick or treat bags typically last until Easter when the Bunny brings more candy to get them through the second part of the year.
There is comfort in the cycles of the year.