Yesterday was the first day of Autumn here in New England.
Everywhere I drive I can see the mountains in the distance, soon they will be washed in all of the beautiful colors of Autumn; as the trees turn from green to red, orange, gold, even pink. I love all of the colors and smells. The orchards are full of trees heavy with fruit, the children run through picking and eating the apples of fall. Laughing, playing and having fun the way children do.
I am now crocheting in the warmer acrylics and wools, using more browns, greens and muted tones. Gone are the bright cotton colors of summer.
The days here are getting shorter, the nights cooler and the wind a bit sharper. The leaves fall from the trees, blown in swirling little whirlwinds of crispness and color. It is a time of harvest and celebration. The farmers are putting away hay for the animals to eat this winter, people are canning all of the fruits and vegetables of summer, putting up jams and jellies; the taste reminding us of those lazy summer days.
As we begin to prepare for the cold winter days ahead I would like to remind everyone to enjoy these shortened days, bask in what is left of the sun's warmer rays and remember those that are less fortunate.
Winter is a difficult time for many; be kind to your fellow man. It is not possessions that make us wealthy; it is the kindness that we show to others that is often more rewarding than any possession we can buy.