The Changing of Seasons

Photo by Max Andrey

Many dislike the rainy, darker days of autumn. I’ve heard people say it’s a reminder of the impending cold winter.

But there’s so much to consider over the autumn months: Reflection, Hobbies, Senses, and Giving.


Reflection

This is a great season to reflect on the year—to acknowledge changes, good or bad, and to appreciate them for bringing you to this moment. For me, this year continued to teach me gratitude for the things I sometimes take for granted, such as a house and food. It’s also taught me that just because I don’t have enough money to do or buy doesn’t mean my life isn’t plentiful. Through the years, I’ve received bountiful blessings, which I periodically reflect on to keep me humble.

Hobbies

If you’re stuck inside, now is the time to start a new hobby. The chill in the air and a warm blanket can easily chase us in front of the television. Hobbies are a great way to become unstuck. I’ve been doing DIY projects, which fall and winter allot the time. A new hobby I discovered is Qigong. I do a qigong facial massage daily, and I found a few great qigong YouTube channels: Yoqi Yoga & Qigong and the Qigong for Vitality.

Senses

I feel as if autumn perks up the senses. Maybe it’s because I do love many smells and flavors of fall. I can hear the people cry, “No More Pumpkin Spice.” LOL! I do love pumpkin spice, the smell of a fire burning, listening to the rain, seeing the beautiful colors transpire, and the feel of a flannel blanket.

Photo by Lovefood Art

Giving

I’m far away from family and friends, which makes me love and miss them more. Since it’s just my husband and me, we like to share festivities with others. I celebrate Thanksgiving every year, and aside from last year after a long move, we invite people over to experience an American Thanksgiving meal. I make turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and a side of vegetables. For dessert, I make homemade pumpkin pie. We even made one for our renters who live next door. This year, we’ll have our neighbors over.

I hope everyone is well. We all have our struggles, so it’s always good to remind ourselves that we don’t know everyone’s story. If someone yells at you, you don’t know what’s going on in their life. If you yell at someone else, notice it, pull it back, and find your sunshine.

Happy Fall and Blessings,
Denise
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7 thoughts on “The Changing of Seasons

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      I also hear a lot of others say that fall is their favorite season. I would probably say that spring is my favorite season, but there are lots of things to appreciate about fall. Thanks for listing so many of them. I do like pumpkin spice too, in my coffee and everything. 🙂 I also like winter (fall) squashes of other kinds. 🙂

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        Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping by. Spring is another special season. It’s like an awakening. I would love to have some pumpkin spice creamer. I live in Germany, where they don’t sell it. pumpkins and squashes are wonderfully tasty.

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          I wonder if you could approximate that creamer flavor with some cream and spices. I don’t know. Maybe, someone on the Internet has figured out how to get that right. 🙂

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      Hi Denise thanks for your autumnal reflections! I am just getting round to discovering the new look website -very impressive. A truly lovely photo of you with The Master of the House (canine variety) and for the first time I listened to him sing with your Grandmother – hilarious! (not your grandmother -wow!) It was quite amazing he seemed to be listening for the parts where he had to join in, head on one side, then giving it his best! Think you’ll have to give him a second name – Shakespeare Caruso Baer. What next, ballet?? 😉

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        Thanks so much! I’m glad you like the new decorations. Ever since he was a puppy, he would always sing with my grandmother, not any other opera singer. Now, he joins in once in a while, but always with my grandma. 😀

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      Fall is my absolute favorite time of year!!

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