Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fall is Approaching

Many things signal the beginning of fall. Warm days and chilly nights. Fewer hummingbirds. Geese formations in the sky. Ripening pumpkins and yellowing cornstalks. Here at our home so many other things signal the beginning of fall. The faint scent of skunk essence in my basement. Rubber hip boots lining up in the porch. Cranberry leaves on the rug. The gentle sound of thwop, thwop, thwop as three family members practice shooting their bows off the patio. We are cranberry farmers, fur trappers and deer hunters. Fall is an exciting time of year. It means early morning trapline checks and middle of the night frost watch (for DH). Drawing straws for the bowhunting order and then waiting and wondering if dad and child saw any deer.

At the homefront, it's time to warm up the home. A few garlands of fall colored leaves, steaming hot soup and chili for lunch, spicy cinnamon bread and pumpkin pie, homemade cranberry sauce. Good lighting for the long evenings ahead and cozy blankets for staying warm. And of course, lots of hot chocolate.