I'm ecstatic to finally turn the calendar page to September. I'm always more than ready to leave August behind - the days have become too long and hot, my energy level is low, the garden isn't producing much of anything any more, and I'm simply ready for a new look. So, at the end of August I start my "fall cleaning". I've swept away all the dust bunnies that hide in corners, dusted the tabletops and bookshelves, washed the linens, sparkled up the kitchen appliances, organised cupboards and closets, and now I'm raking the first leaves that have fallen from the trees, all in anticipation for a month that seems more like the start of a new year than January does.
This September is especially sweet. Our son is coming home after nearly 6 years in the US Army, this very afternoon! We are so thankful and grateful that he is returning in one piece. He says he's ready for bigger and better things, so the start of September is definitely the beginning of a new chapter in his life. We're so excited. And now with him here and our daughter & Co in Washington state, we're all in the same time zone - and that is something to celebrate after they've been scattered around the globe for the past several years. No longer will I have to do slow math in my head to figure out if it's a good time to call.
Now that I'm in my Autumn mood, I'm on my toes waiting for that first hint of woodsmoke in the air, and weather cool enough to wear my favorite scarves and boots. I'm looking forward to early twilight, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, simmering soup and the scent of cinnamon and cloves. Is anyone else ready too? Let the season begin!