Autumn in bloom.
Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Especially when it’s that time of year when vegetation is dying, leaves are falling from their branches, the days are getting shorter, and the temperature is dropping. Autumn and everything it entails, pretty much, is the opposite of “blooming”.
Alas, Fall is our favorite time of the year. It brings forth cozy times to come. Cozy time in front of the fire. Cozy time in your comfiest sweater and woolly socks. Cozy time on the couch with a mug of steaming hot cider resting on your lap. Aaahhhh… so nice!
(RECORD SCRATCH!!) O.K. I know. We live in San Diego… woolly socks, hot cider, and cozy time in front of a fire seems a bit dramatic, right?! Well, if you know Lorelei, dramatic is a way of life. (hee hee)
Jon and I love Autumn so much, we got married in the Fall, 2015.
We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary. I, Lorelei, attempted to bake a 2 layered, chocolate frosted, yellow cake. Much to my dismay, the layers slid off each other and avalanched into a sloppy pool of frosting. Fortunately, Jon got a kick out of it and took a bunch of photos while snortling at the pitiful pastry.
What else is fabulous about Autumn? Halloween!!!!! Who doesn’t love Halloween?! (except, Jon…) It’s just so much fun and being a big fan of dressing up, spirits, and darkness… well, this holiday was practically made for strangelings like myself. Although Jon isn’t as into Halloween as I am, he makes sure I get my fill of giving treats to kids in our neighborhood by standing at the top of the scary staircase leading up to our house and waving kids down while yelling, “Hey, don’t skip us! We’ve got candy!!” He’s a sweetie.
Even though a lot of Halloween has come to be about scary movies, gore, and violent deaths, I prefer to focus on the “spirit-death-remembrance-appreciation of life” aspect of it. I like to think of Halloween as a time to ponder the cycle of birth and death, remember loved ones who have passed, as well as “mingle” with the spirits that may be visiting for the one night of Hallow’s Eve. Pretty much what Halloween was about originally.
Our most favorite thing about Autumn are the change in colors and cooler temperatures. Although San Diego Fall is no where as impressive as Fall in the east coast, we can appreciate it still, by going up to the Laguna Mountains and wandering in the wonder of beautiful nature. Here are some shots from our magical hike:
Here is an excerpt of a lovely autumn poem by Grace Paley