September didn’t work out like I hoped. I was so looking forward to getting back to the old routine and having a (tiny bit) of time to myself and enjoying some late summer sun. But it was a trudge. It took us a while to settle into new starts and the cold weather came quickly. I have been ill for weeks too – nothing serious at all – but all the winter bugs and infections have hit already and various other aches and pains.
It would be so easy for me to be on countdown to half term when we can snuggle down and skip the rushed mornings but that goes against my mantra of not seeing happiness as a “destination” and seeing the good in the here and now. So, here’s the things I’m loving at the moment despite the sniffles, eye infections, dodgy shoulder and forgotten homework!
- Time to myself. The little one goes to preschool now for a few hours a day. It really is no time at all and blink, have a cup of coffee and load the dishwasher then it’s over. But once a week I’m trying to take myself out for coffee (we’ve had a fair few new coffee places open up round here, the kind I wouldn’t take the kids to) and appreciate the peace!
- Celebrations! We have celebrated my elder daughter’s autumn equinox birthday and today is our wedding anniversary too (which is a nice autumn-y copper anniversary).
- The changing colours and collecting autumn bounty. There are some really beautiful scenes round here with trees that have turned a vivd red. Plus, even a boring, suburban trip to the corner shop because a joyous occasion with the kids kicking up leaves and collecting conkers.
- Eating and drinking warm things. Porridge, soup, chilli, apple crumble, hot chocolate, turmeric tea to nourish and nurture. It’s lovely to return to these things after the warmer months.
- Harvest. Both finishing picking things from the garden for us and donating food to the school’s harvest festival.
- Tidying the garden, cutting back the summer over-growth, taking out dead plants and planting spring bulbs.
- Swapping out our summer clothes for the winter ones. We store off season clothes in the loft and its *almost* like shopping when I open the bags and find things I had totally forgotten about! Plus I get to get out the big girl’s hand-me-down’s for the little one and get sentimental.
- Seeing the flip side of darker evenings – disco playdates, snuggling for a film, fairy lights, glow sticks and fireworks.
- Halloween. We are big fans here! I think a lot of that is because if falls around half term and is a way for us to structure the week with ghoulish crafts, parties and visits to attractions.
- Thinking about C..h…r…i….s…t….m….a….s and starting to prepare. I actually prefer thinking about it now and starting to prepare without any stress.
What are you enjoying about autumn?