I am not a summer person.  I hate being hot, and this summer has been that and then some!  So it is with great relief I observe the shortening days, cooler temperatures, and the gorgeous fall colors.  There's a quality to the light this time of year that feels magical, especially around dusk.  Maybe it's because I have a fall birthday, but this time of year always makes me feel-- connected-- to the earth in the way I don't normally.  I feel more alive.  

I took a few photos this weekend, some of a rare visitor to my yard (a melanistic fox squirrel, which I've never seen before!), others are just prettiness.  Look behind the cut to see them.
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Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! I'm ecstatic to greet my favorite season of the year (and start using my favorite default icon).

I've waxed loquacious about this before, so I won't go into detail, I'll just say that I love it when the nights start to get noticeably longer, and things cool down, and the leaves turn and all the pollenating plants either die or hibernate. ;D Halloween is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving. It's just a wonderful time of year.
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kelliem: pumpkin (pumpkin)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 07:56 am)
Sometimes in the morning I'm running late and haven't had time to fix coffee and toast so I stop at a local bagel place and grab a bagel and coffee. This morning, for whatever reason, they weren't open at 7:10 when I swung by (I suspect someone overslept, oops!) so I had to go elsewhere. Well, there's this Panera Bread bakery cafe on my way and I... stop. And I discovered that they make these things they call 'baked egg souffles' which are kinda like individual-sized puff-pastry cups filled with scrambled eggs and cheese. I got the spinach, cheddar cheese and bacon one and it was truly amazingly yummy. I need to learn how to make these myself. Mmmmmm.

In other news, I adore fall, it's my favorite time of year. (This is not actually news to most of you!) And it's an absolutely gorgeous fall morning, which the full moon made even more interesting. I'm putting a few mediocre cell-phone pix up behind the tag. )
kelliem: fall leaves & lamp (fall)
( Oct. 29th, 2005 07:07 pm)
I love autumn. I love the slant of the sunlight in the morning and afternoon, the strange green of twilight, stars sparkling like drusy crystals in a field of Eilat stone. I love the colors, the riot of pale straw gold, and russet, crimson, amber, plum, and briliant orange. I love the smells, woodsmoke and raw pumpkin, baking squashes, and the earthy, dusty smell of fallen leaves, the ozone and sea smell of rain. I love the sounds the leaves make as the fall onto the roof, a skittering rustle outside the window that makes me wonder if there's a squirrel out there, only to realize it's just a leaf, again. I like the crisp, cool air, and the need for another blanket on the bed. There's an odd sort of melancholy anticipation that shades the entire season, at least for me. I can never quite put my finger on what it is I'm anticipating, but I know it's something good.

I always feel energized in the fall. Some people do spring cleaning, I do fall cleaning. Today I rousted my housemate and we took several old appliances that have been cluttering up the garage out to the 'hard to recycle' and electronic recycling centers, then I came home and swept out my half of the garage and made room for my old dishes that will be going with my kid-unit when moving out is done. I've been storing the boxes of dishes in the living room, it was nice to get them out of there. I needed a new lamp for my night-stand, my old one gave up the ghost last night (appropriate for the season!). There was nothing I liked at Target, but I did find one at Bed Bath & Beyond, a gooseneck with a purple shade and base. And for once I got out of there without buying out the entire store. (Note to self: only shop there when you have no money.)

Bought another pumpkin to carve. The first one was demolished by squirrels and/or raccoons. I'd never had the local wildlife bother my jack-o-lanterns before so I decided to store the previous pumpkin on the back porch until I had time to carve it. Big mistake. Apparently the reason they always left them alone previously was because I'd already scooped out the innards before I put them outside. Apparently they could smell the seeds through the hull, and when I went out to fill the bird feeder a couple of days later, I saw that my perfect-for-carving pumpkin had a squirrel-sized hole in its side through which trailed bits of pumpkin innard and seeds. Over the next few days additional, larger (raccoon-sized?) holes appeared and all the innards were removed. I wonder if some ancient Egyptian embalmers have been reincarnated as squirrels?

The reason I think a raccoon might have been at the pumpkin as well as the squirrels was because I saw one on the porch the other night. Bold as brass, she came right up to the screen door to check me out when I spoke to her. I suspect someone in the neighborhood must hand feed her, because she was absolutely not the least bit afraid of me. She was a big girl, too. I'd say probably forty pounds or so. She'd make about 5 of my cat. I don't know why I think it was a girl, but I do. I wanted to take a picture, but when I got back with the camera she'd taken off.

Anyway, blessed almost-Samhain to my fellow pagans. Don't forget to leave a plate out for the Ancestors on Monday night.
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