Several years ago, my lovely niece and godchild had a blog called Things I Like. It was a charming and creative place that gave me insight into the heart of this delightful young woman.
Then she married and became a new mom. Her blog became a forgotten place – except to me. I loved the concept and so … with her blessing … I have decided to post a regular feature on random Things I Like too.
I don’t know where it will take me in the weeks ahead, but I hope to have some fun with it and perhaps you might be inspired to join in with posts of your own.
For my inaugural post of Things I Like, I’ve selected the season of Autumn. There are just so many reasons to love this time of year.
1 – Nature dresses herself up in yellows, oranges, and reds … and WOW! She is beautiful!
2 – Celebrating Thanksgiving, my wedding anniversary, and my oldest child’s birthday … all wrapped up in the month of October. This is the beginning of a busy season of socializing that doesn’t end until the New Year. There aren’t many things better than happy get-togethers with family and friends – laughing and telling stories.
3 – Farmers’ markets jammed packed with an abundance of fresh vegetables that actually taste like they are supposed to because they haven’t travelled 3000+ km to get here. The colours alone are bright and cheerful.
4 – Apples!! Hard, crisp apples fresh from the orchards. I like the warm, sweet smell of apples baking with cinnamon into sauces and pies.
5 – Pots of home-made soup chock full of chunky vegetables in a rich broth. There’s something warm and comforting about a steaming bowl of home-made soup on a chilly day.
6 – Going for a walk, run, bike ride, or hike without feeling like I’m going to melt in the summer heat – or freeze in the winter cold. Nature is putting on a spectacular display for us and being outdoors to fully appreciate it is considerably more enjoyable in autumn. Did I mention no mosquitos? It’s a bonus.
7 – Warm, snuggly blankets and sweaters. Curling up under a blanket with a good book on a rainy autumn day is a time of simple bliss.
8 – A fire to take the chill off the cool morning or evening air. I often catch the smell of a wood fire as I’m out walking after dinner. It provides a feeling of being safe and warm.
Yes, autumn is here in the Northern Hemisphere and this is something I really like.