It is now October, which puts us firmly into my favorite season: Fall.
I love fall harvest. I love candy corn, and the decorations people put out for Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love pumpkin pie, and apple cider donuts. I love the mingled smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and maple. I love the smell of crisp leaves as they begin to fall, and the way the whole world goes golden on its way to a deep, long winter sleep.
I love the continual contest between the occasional balmy, 80-degree day, and those mornings when you wake up and can almost taste snow (and, occasionally, actually see it). I love days of apple-picking and pumpkin carving with my nieces.
Football season is under way again, which doesn't just mean the games- which I enjoy- but also means Sundays with the family gathered around, eating nachos and chili or chicken wings, dips or whatever people feel like making.
And then it's November, which means NaNoWriMo, which is good because fall is a season when it always feels like anything can happen. It is a season of magic, so what better way to spend a large portion of it than throwing yourself in to a goal of 50k in 30 days?
Though of course, within November is also Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year.
So everyone out there... welcome to autumn, welcome to fall, welcome to the season of one last beautiful hurrah before the long winter's night.