Oh Autumn… Come Call On Me! September 17, 2017

This weekend is the official beginning of autumn for me. It’s the weekend of Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana of which the start happens to land on the third Saturday of September annually. Over the years, it has become my official ‘starting pistol’ for the fall season… those days I covet with every heartbeat having desiderated over them long before the advent. I’m a late October baby so perhaps that accounts for my adoration of the harvest moon and all things surrounding that time period. I even panegyrize the word ‘autumn’. Somehow, it sounds infinitely more pleasing as it rolls off the tongue over and above the annunciation of all other seasons… and as a younger person I’d always dreamed any female child I would deliver should bear the name of my most highly prized time of year.

The morning dew is always heavy with a crisp chill in the air which bellows ‘apple season’ and all the pleasures ushered in right along with it… pumpkins, orange-blossomed bittersweet, sunflowers, gourds, apple cider, a starburst of colors in the leaves, ham & beans over a campfire, thoughts of making chili, comfort foods and all things apple and pumpkin.

The turnover of season becomes evident as I’m usually wrapping up the remainder of any canning from summer tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and I’m tasked with cleaning up most of the garden’s vegetable remnants as the plants are bearing their last produce. Sadly, berry season has halted. The volume of cicadas, crickets and tree frogs has been turned down as if just an old radio dial. The illumination of fireflies has disappeared and hummingbirds have departed. Ice cream stands cease to welcome us to their windows and the echo of the ice cream truck’s speaker sounding through neighborhoods has beckoned us for the last time.

In contrast, the A/C gets turned off and the windows are opened to the rush of cool autumn breezes. We drive with windows down inviting the wind to make its way through our hair and upon our faces. Fireplaces are welcomed with dancing flames and crackles as marshmallows are roasted to ooey-gooey for the ever appealing s’mores reminiscent of childhood. For me, the smells of burning leaves and campfires are intoxicating… the aromas hang in the air and I breathe them in deeply as though my last breath. The warm fleece-lined fabrics and sweatshirts call us by name and we find ourselves snuggled into them by evening and calories don’t seem to matter as much when yearning for a caramel apple to satisfy a sweet tooth. A mug of coffee fully enveloped by one’s hands on a brisk morning is invigorating to the soul.

Ahhh, the change of season.

When one season hands off the baton to the next, I’m ever reminded of a treasured quote I pull from the archives of my memory. I easily retrieve it because it speaks to the zest inscribed on my life’s motto of collecting memories and experiencing life to the fullest. I wring the moments so tightly; every last bit of joy drips out stockpiled for recollection at will. Photographs are archived in a coffee table book for later reflection or to share with others. After all, ‘true joy’ is impossible to experience without being shared. Think on that one for more than a moment!

Now to the quote from Henry David Thoreau…

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

As much as I love to write, it’s but a mere wish I could pen one of those amazing quotes which just happen to perfectly express such wisdom coupled with the passion from which it is born.

Another one I delight in is from Nathaniel Hawthorne…

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”

That quote takes me back to childhood when my Dad would boot me and my sister out of the house on a Saturday morning when all we wanted to do was remain indoors to watch cartoons. I don’t recall his exact words but the message was clearly about getting outdoors in the sunshine to play and absorbing some good ‘ole Vitamin D. I’m so grateful he did because to this day I am an outdoors enthusiast. I’m not certain when I acquired the ardor for outdoor life, however receiving those boots outdoors surely played a part.

What’s the take-away today? I hope you’ve read this and it spurs you to get outdoors and revel in this colorful season. Do something you might not ordinarily do…

    Go on a picnic to savor the magical moments of autumn.

    Catch an early morning sunrise through the mist and fog.

    If you live in the Midwest, take a drive hunting down a cool old barn or a covered bridge – then take photos to capture the beauty that is autumn.

    Find an orchard and pick your own apples for home-made applesauce or apple pie. Go to the local pumpkin patch and track down the best jack-o-lantern wanna-be’s. Have a family pumpkin carving night complete with chili.

    Get friends together and make soup outdoors then eat it as you steep yourselves in life’s conversations. A fabulous ham & bean, a chunky vegetable or comforting chowder are amazing when relished outdoors.

    When the leaves start to fall, take a stroll and collect a brilliant color sampling just for the experience of slowing life down enough to digest the beauty.

Whatever you do, take time out to be allured by autumn’s artistry. See the fireworks finale’s in the trees, find the oil paintings in the mirrored reflections of autumn’s leaves in the water. Allow the aromas to apprehend you… bringing stillness to your tracks. Get entangled in the fullest flavors of fall.

Find the gold in Autumn’s pocket!

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  1. I love the fall. The beauty of the colors and the chill in the air. I like the winding down of a busy summer and the feeling of hibernation coming on (although I get outside plenty in the winter.) The island smells so amazing! It smelled like apples the other day when I was walking down my street. Oh, and the crunch of the leaves thrills me! I wish it lasted a bit longer.

  2. You certainly have a wonderful way with words Tammy….I’m sure your English teacher would be ever-so proud of your talents!! Keep entertaining us…..please!!!

    • Thanks, Evelyn… you are very kind and I appreciate the feedback. If I’m going to write, it’s definitely wonderful to know there are readers out there who enjoy the content!


How to describe oneself is not an easy task despite the fact I often hear I have a penchant for writing. To try and encapsulate myself into a few sentences is challenging at best since I am filled with a heart for constant curiosity and the desire to keep learning. I take great delight in most all outdoor activities... especially those which involve hiking or being around the water. Camping in our pop-up or in a tent is always an invitation to discovery which I cannot turn down. A 'memory collector' is how I'd label myself, largely because I have this unending zest for life... I don't want to miss a thing! I love surprises, love to laugh and I get the biggest kick out of being married. I adore animals and my favorite happens to be a precious Golden Doodle named Zoe who came into my life as my 40th birthday present and has been the biggest gift that keeps on giving!! Sunflowers make me instantly smile and traveling makes my heart pound with excitement. Fortunate and very blessed to have traveled many places, my all-time favorite is the land of my ancestors, Ireland. Ireland calls me by name and beckons me to exploration like no other place I've been. And speaking of that, researching my ancestry has been a fun endeavor which often takes me down rabbit hole after rabbit hole as I seek to unveil mysteries of the past. Hanging out or traveling with friends is another area which I derive great joy from... and purposely nurturing friendships through cooking meals, entertaining or planning events gets my creative juices flowing. Once again.... it's that making memories thing! Beyond that, I could list a thousand things I find interesting, stimulating and feel so blessed to experience, indulge or simply wish for the day I get to investigate with a feverish glee. That's me!

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