Every year, my day-to-day life goes through two, big, seasonal shifts.
The first shift happens in May . . . as my garden roars back to life and our cabin up north beckons. Both of these things cause significant (but welcome) upheaval in my days. Because I simply can’t continue doing All The Things I “normally” do . . . AND take care of the garden . . . AND get away for time up north.
Because they have to.
The second shift happens in September . . . when the garden begins to fade and our calendar starts to fill up with “regular” activities again. Those gardening chores are still there, of course, but the urgency lessens. And the things on the calendar? Well, they make it harder for us to get away up north.
Things shift again.
Because they have to.
In May, I shift by letting things go.
In September, I shift by bringing them back.
It’s like . . . a shifting in the winds. The weather changes, life shifts.
I’m in the midst of that September shift.
(And suddenly, I’m craving butternut squash soup and sourdough bread!)
How about you? Feeling any seasonal shifts in your life?
The photos in today’s posts were inspired by Ali Edwards’ September One Little Word prompt . . . to capture our word in photographs.
This year’s autumnal shift has seemed larger than most, mainly because the weather has changed to decidedly fall-like. The temps are delightful and so are the skies and the autumnal light. I’ve started the needle felting kit (just tracing the pattern so far, no felting yet) and made spaghetti sauce yesterday. I may even bake bread soon!
Butternut squash soup has been on my mind too! I love the shift into fall…
My routines and rituals are definitely impacted by the season and I feel myself shifting right now, too. I’m relishing the time outside because I know it’s fleeting. At the same time I feel ready for cozy time inside. And sourdough is on my mind, too!
I feel like all summer I am holding my breath waiting for autumn.
On September 1st, I can breathe normally again. It is just a big relaxation, even though…..the garden does call. It wants to be put to sleep.
Love how your garden marks your year. And the cabin, too! (That’s how Troy marks time…open/close of the cottage. Which is coming soon!)
The cool weather has brought a big change to routine! A few more chores completed, projects started. No more lazing around like I did most of the summer!
I brought out the quilts and afghans this week! It’s honestly a little early for those extra layers, but if it means we’ll get to avoid the force of Ian, I’m ok with that. (I’m also wearing socks again.)
This week I’ve officially shifted back to hand-knit socks and, often sweaters, and I’ve found I need a cup of hot tea in the afternoon. And I feel like I should be spending the weekends baking things with pumpkin in them and making soup!
I love the shift into autumn. I have been thinking about the change in cooking and meals that comes with cooler weather.