The past few nights I have happily slept like a baby. It would be nice if it were because I am doing better on a personal level balancing stress in my life and becoming more mindful, which to some extent is happening.
But the main reason I have been able to sleep so well is because the weather here has been dropping into the low 40s at night. It is as if someone shifted gears and instantly we find ourselves looking at crock pots and hoodies!
Even some of the leaves on the trees are already turning. And today, I got a request for my scrumptious corn chowder. Of course, I did more than enjoy preparing it. But the point is that the climate and atmosphere screams autumn.
There is something I find magically invigorating about this time of year. I sleep harder and I play harder. The days start to get shorter and the windows are slowly closing.
I even notice the change in our pets. The puppies sleep longer and start barking sooner to come back into the house when they are let out. Even the cats start to change their habits because of the change in seasons. One of the cats comes out of the bedroom more now and her sister comes into the bedroom more to snuggle at night.
Coffee drive thrus still offer iced beverages, but more people are ordering the hot variety. And our local donut drive thru has begun pumpkin flavored coffees and hot apple cider, both scream “fall” to me.
In the distance, you can see a haze of orange covering the open farming fields as soy and corn have been replaced with pumpkins. And local stores are already marketing candy corn and Halloween crafts and decorations.
Don’t be surprised if I include some camera phone images of the turning of the leaves in the next week or so. And if any of you guys have tell-tale signs you would like to talk about that signify the upcoming cooler weather and crisper weather, feel free to share your experiences here in the comments.
But most of all, don’t forget to stop and let the beauty and bounty of the upcoming season seep into your being – take it all in, all the colors, the smells. Experience it all just a little bit deeper and with more intensity than you have before and revel in your ability to do so!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!