Monday, October 29, 2012

Falling for fall

Yes, it's that time of year again.  Time for me to blog about fall.  That contradictory season when I'm part-enchanted, part-depressed. 

The enchantment, of course, comes from the colors that never cease to wow me.  That time of year when I can't help but snap pictures of gorgeous trees.  Check. 

Or promise myself to appreciate the beauty of small things (hydrangea flowers and rose hips) and not get down about there being less light in the evening.  Check.

And focus on the fun seasonal things like Halloween to distract me.  Check. 

Here you see a sleeping Juju wearing her princess crown that we prepared for our little Halloween/tea party where she was Rapunzel. 

And enjoying the slighter calmer fall activities like puttering around the greenhouse as Remi prepares for the mum-selling period of All Saints' Day.  Check.

But it wouldn't be me without a little dose of fall blues.  I think this year has been better cause I've been very conscious of how great it is to have time to myself again after last year's studyfest.  But it's biological too.  As my coworker and friend Marine says, we're all beasties after all.  The inner animal in us can't help but be affected by the changing light and decline of the plants around us. 

Something makes us feel like we've got to shut down or at least slow down a bit.  I can't help but get downright nervous about winter and the cold and the potentially grey days ahead of us.  That's why I've got to keep myself busy and find things to warm my soul.

What are your favorite anti-blues fall activities?  What's your favorite season?  


Jenenz said...

Anti-blues cure is baking bread and sweets. Or sitting in bed in the evening listening to the rain and listening to something on the radio or iPod. I have to say though my favorite season is summer. Need that sunlight to keep my inner light shining.

Chad said...

I think the key is to have activities you only get to do once the weather turns. Around here for me it's football and Oktoberfests.

Lindle said...

I agree with Chad. You have to go with the season...when in fall--do fall. When in winter---do winter. Since it is a more reflective and inside time of year, you cheer yourself up with activities that you don't have to feel guilty about doing--since it's cold outside, or dark early.
And in agreement with Jenenz,for me it was often baking pastries or special homemade soups. Reading or watching favorite movies, gathering ideas for projects for the spring!
Oh, and I love the sleeping Juliette-princess!

Crystal said...

I'm not a big fan of November in France either, but living in the Alps makes it easier. The leaves are all changing colour, and the mountain peaks are already dusted with snow. If anything, looking at the beauty around me makes being stuck inside while it's cold out more bearable.

Hang in there! We get the blues around this time every year, but we always manage to get through it!