We’re raking up leaves here in Michigan, cutting back the withered flowers in our gardens and planter boxes and thinking about Thanksgiving Day recipes and holiday shopping. I love both summer and autumn in my home state but I’m looking forward to winter this year. For me it will be a time of rest and renewal. I plan to hibernate like a bear beneath a blanket of silent white snow, I want to meditate in front of a warm fire, I want to sew puzzle pieces of fabric into colorful whimsical quilts, I want to read books that inspire me to dream with my eyes open, I want to play with my grandchildren and watch old movies and drink hot chocolate and gain twenty pounds and remember who I am.
Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
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I am not looking forward to winter this year, but you make it sound so lovely. 🙂
Thanks Kat, I do hope we have more snow this year though, last year we had the cold without the pretty snowfalls:(
I love this!! You make winter sound so inviting, I’m going to take some of your advice!
Of course winter hasn’t actually come yet so we’ll see if I’m still waxing poetic about it in the middle of February!
Thank you so much for reintroducing me to Adelaide Crapsey, the inventor of the cinquain and to her lovely poem, November Night. The form is one I used to teach to my pupils as another syllable counting poem like the haiku. This pattern is sometimes easier for the English/American language.
I’m thinking I might try a Cinquain in my beautiful things tonight! Watch this space! 🙂
I had never heard of her until I came across that November Night, just loved the cadence and mood it set!
I’m from New England so I understand… although I hate snow most of the time. Driving in it, defrosting the car, shoveling it. About once every 5 years or so I will do a Christmas visit with my sisters. That’s plenty of snow for me! Give me spring and fall year round and I’d be one happy camper! 😛 srsly.
I hear ya Barb, we may try to escape to FL at some point this winter! But I’m actually glad my gardening isn’t year round like it is for my sister in CA, I love the change of seasons:)
Your images capture the sight and feel of autumnal Michigan. Very nice.
It is a lovely time of year here that’s for sure, thanks!
I’m thinking I might like to do all these things – except the 20 lbs. Great fall photos.
I like Autumn up north. Thanks for the share.
Yep, me too Rosey, not just the color but the smell of the leaves, ahhh!
Sounds like a wonderful winter, at least in theory. I always tire of the weather by mid-January and long for spring.
Well that’s the plan anyway Kate, we’ll see how it goes!
Beautiful shots – happy WW!
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Autumn in Michigan looks stunning.
It is Vicky, a short but sweet season for sure:)
I love winter and snow which is a good thing cuz I live in Minnesota!
Yep, you really have snowy winters up there Beth!
I am so glad to have found you. This place is “other-worldly” in its gentle beauty! I live in Michigan, too…..Grand Rapids.
Hi Joyce, I enjoyed your blog too, us MI grandmas need to stick together!
Sounds like you are doing much the same gardening jobs as I am – putting the garden to bed for the winter. I like the sun (we don’t get much here) so I would like to hibernate until next May 🙂
We have great weather this week and weekend, perfect timing for finishing up the outdoor chores, 50-60 and sunny!
I do miss the crunch of the fallen leaves under my feet. There is something magical about it — but I sure don’t miss the crunch of the snow! Don’t miss digging the car out or getting stuck in ditches but if it is going to be cold you might as well at least have the beauty of the snow! I hope you have a wonderful, white winter.
The trick is to not end up in the ditch Kc, but it is a bummer when that happens!
beautiful, just beautiful.
Happy Wordless Wednesday. Stopping by to follow along and to invite you to join me for the ride at Local Sugar Hawaii. It’s a sweet, “come as you are” kind of spot and I’d love to have you with us.
What a beautiful post – both the pictures and your well-timed reminder to enjoy winter and use it as an excuse to relax a little. I know a lot of us (well, me, at least) feel like we have to constantly be on the go. You’re right, though. Sometimes we just need to hibernate a little. Sounds good to me! Enjoy your preparations for winter.
Thanks Caryn, I do enjoy the change of pace and we sure do appreciate spring around here after a long cold winter;)
Beautiful images, and I really love the landscape in the lower right. I genuinely hope and pray that your health is renewed come spring. In the meantime, enjoy those hot chocolates and playing with your grandchildren (and all those other wonderful activities you mentioned).
Thanks so much dear Lindy!