Autumn 2016: Happenings & Gratitude

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile." - William Cullen Bryant

This Autumn has been a bit of a blur.  We shan't speak of current world events;  no, let's pretend all the sordid bits of modern culture have had absolutely no impact on us, shall we?  Let us bury our heads in the sand and focus on the good in life.

There is much to be thankful for.

In October, my husband and I braved the post-hurricane hype and journeyed to Charleston.  It was a rapturous city, full of light and architecture, sounds and textures, food (so much food), and history (so much history!).  I absolutely adored the four days we spent walking among the friendly people, scurrying between buildings to be delighted by a secret cemetery, taking photograph after photograph, and just enjoying the warmth of the sun on my skin -- a rare treat in October.  My husband and I enjoyed shopping, eating (too much), several historical walking and carriage tours (including a trip to the Charleston Old City Jail), and a rest under the shade of the hundreds-years-old Angel Oak Tree.

Over on my Instagram page, I've been participating in the 30 Days of Thankfulness challenge.  I haven't always had an opening in my busy life to post an image for each and every day, but when I have, I've taken the time to thank God for so many lovely things, like family and a cozy home, nature and life.  I learned long ago that a peaceful and content life means having a grateful heart and choosing joy.  I'm doing that.

I have found myself already slowing down, acclimating to the changing of seasons as light begins to dwindle more and more each day and darkness begins to lull the world into restful sleep.  Autumn used to be a time for activity and cold air in lungs ... but in the last few years I've listened more intently to a new rhythm: a crunch under foot, a quiet in the air, a muted tone blanketing the earth.  It's a lovely thing, this sort of pre-Winter twilight, the thin line between wakefulness and dreams.  It is still my favorite season, Autumn, though now I adore it for different reasons.

I do wish you a lovely season full of hot cuppas, snuggly sweaters, and laughter among friends.