Autumn brings a sense of comfort and warmth, even as the weather cools. We eagerly don our warm sweaters, cashmere perhaps, and find solace beneath the soft wool fibers. We've tired of the sun's unrelenting rays and welcome this relief. We are happy to trade our iced teas and lemonades for warm cups of cider, tea, coffee and should we fancy, mulled wine. Our summer clothes have been packed away for another day. While we bid fond farewells to our madras, seersucker, and colorful, vibrant Lilly sundresses, we eagerly pull out our crew necks and cardigans, jeans and corduroys. My Jack Rogers have been been replaced by ballet flats, Revas and cute kitten heel pumps. With autumn we have a new spring in our step. We walk lighter, freer and with  renewed enthusiasm as we are no longer bogged down by the heat and humidity. The window can be left open at night. The down comforters can be pulled over us. There's a refreshing, invigorating chill in the air yet, paradoxically it allows for the best of sleep. We pull out the piles of warm blankets. The days grow shorter allowing us to slow down a bit... to slip into something a little more comfortable a little earlier.

For those of us with children, sports will occupy much of our time as we chaperone our children to practices and game. We'll watch in our cars and SUVs, perhaps wrapped in a warm, wool tartan (family) blanket. Mine is the Gordon plaid. I'll have brought a book with me but I won't read. I will watch or chat with friends. Sometimes I won't stay the entire practice as I rush home to supervise homework and get dinner on the table. I'll pour myself a heartier glass of wine. Much like my wardrobe has changed for the season, my wine will too. I'll open a Cabernet, perhaps. Or maybe a Malbec. Something warm and hearty will be simmering on the stove-top, a hearty soup or stew with a good crusty baguette. After the athlete comes home we'll have dinner. And while the children continue on with my homework I will sneak away for a nice long soak. With a newly refilled glass and a magazine or book of choice. Then I'll put on my favorite flannel pajamas and I will feel warm and comforted and happy. At peace. The sun will no longer be up. Darkness will have fallen and the moon will cast shadows through the branches and leaves of the trees in the yard. The animals too are settling for the night. It is not late out, yet the missing rays of the sun gives us permission to relax and unwind. Something we all need.

Soon our fireplaces will be filled with logs and crackling fires. The trees will disrobe of their summer attire and wear the bright oranges, reds and golds of autumn that are so spectacular here in New England. We'll get in our cars and drive for miles to see this fabulous foliage fashion show. Often we'll stop off at a quaint road-side stand and pick up a bushel of Macintosh apples. And maybe some cider for the kids. If you can you'll go apple or pumpkin picking. You'll pick your weight in these orange and red pieces of fruit and you will pay a fortune for it. But you'll have created memories to be carried for a lifetime -- a truly priceless gift. There will be photographs of children taken next to giant pumpkins, on tractors, with scarecrows. There will be smiles on faces. Little voices might beg and plead for a cider donut while you're out. At the end of the day you will arrive home exhausted and happy.

As we travel further into autumn we'll have to turn on the heat. You'll smell the first heat of the season as it wafts from the furnace through the vents and slowly, gently starts to warm your home. Little feet will run over to the vents on the floor to seek the warmth. We can't and we won't complain about our perfect summer, but we welcome these days where we can be indoors without feeling guilty! We have excuses to bake wonderful treats like pumpkin bread and apple pie that fill our homes with the most wonderful fragrances of the season.

And the children. The children eagerly check the mailbox for all the Halloween catalogues, arguing over whom gets to look at what first, flagging every page in sight. Halloween is a most wondrous time of the year. A day of candy. Candy! Who doesn't love candy?! My children start plotting for this day long before summer has ended.

This is truly my favorite time of the year. I plan on enjoying and savoring every second of it. I'll start with my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the season a little later today!

Fall is in the Air!

Outside the rain is falling. It hasn't stopped all day. It's lovely. Not only do we desperately need this rain, but it's nice to have a day to take a time out... or a time in. With no need to be outside I can hunker down in my home and stay in my pajamas and clean the house from top to bottom and cook and do all those things one cannot do when it is too gorgeous to be inside! Even though it's still quite warm outside and the air conditioning is still required to keep us cool and comfortable, one can tell that fall is right around the corner! There's a certain wonderful feeling in the air. I adore the change of seasons and autumn is my favorite.

I love the smells of the crisp cool air. I love the wonderful palate of colors as the grand trees in my neighborhood begin to adorn their wonderfully exquisite autumn wardrobes in rich yellows and oranges and deep majestic reds. I love the smell of burning leaves... I love to watch my children jump into the large piles with huge grins and squeals of laughter. I love the cooler temperatures... they allow us to hang onto our white summer jeans a little bit longer as we slip into warm cashmere sweaters. I love that the days get a little shorter. I love nothing more than to come home at the end of the day and slip into some warm flannel pajamas as the sun sets to the west. Perhaps I'll cook up a hearty meal such as a stew, some chili or a roast. We'll sip on fresh apple cider or perhaps a nice warm glass of mulled wine. The apples that we have picked will be simmering in the oven between layers of a flaky crust. Is there any smell as wonderful as that of a freshly baked apple pie? We'll line our pumpkins in a row by the front door from smallest to largest. Even though I am married perhaps I will cheat a little...on my diet that is!!!! Instead of my cappuccino I will treat myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte... I admit it, I have no will power... no restraint. I am helpless in the face of a beautiful Pumpkin Spice Latte! In fact I do adore all things pumpkin. I am powerless and weak in the knees when it comes to pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. And pumpkin cookies. I think this year I will try my hand at some pumpkin biscotti! I will get my home ready for fall too. I'll bring out the warm blankets and darker colored throw pillows. I'll fill my hurricane candle holders with acorns and pine cones. We'll light a fire. I'll grab a blanket and my red wine and sit in front of it with a good book. I'll be in my pajamas. The Coq au Vin will be simmering along... I might even have to shut the windows to keep the chill out... I just adore fall!

Is there anything quite so beautiful?

Nothing says fall and home like warm apple pie, apple crisp, apple cobbler, apple Brown Betty...
The apple could quite possibly be the perfect fruit!

The perfect fall accoutrement... decorate or bake... I love pumpkins!

Pumpkin bread (muffins, cookies, lattes, etc) is my passion!

Curl up with a cup of fresh apple cider cool and crisp or warm and soothing.

Mulled wine a soothing yet sophisticated beverage. I had my first glass when I was 13... I was at my grandmother's house in Oxford... it was Christmastime...
and a beautiful boy kissed me...
Ah, fond memories of mulled wine!

My Dear PSL, when I see you my heart goes pitter-patter
and my knees grow weak!

When the temperatures drop the heat goes on in the kitchen...
there is nothing as soul soothing as a hearty soothing of Boeuf Bourguignon!

It's time to pack up the flip flops and Jack Rogers.
According to Vogue Magazine the simple, classic and stylish kitten heel is back in style!

Celebrate your inner School Girl and pick up a new satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company.
(About $105)

Not quite ready to pack up those skinny white jeans? That's OK, you don't have to. Pair them with a pair of boots and long cardi and a perfectly stylish and transitional fall outfit is born!

I think this chair is calling my name... Ah, you've poured me a drink I see...
I'll just snuggle up under the blanket...

The house needs to put on her stylish wardrobe too...

Just in case I have nothing in the oven or on the stove... this should do the trick!

What do you like best about fall?

My Pink & Green Autumn...

This tree stands outside my bedroom window. I meant to take a picture of it with all the leaves still on it, but I was a day too late. I love looking out at that red barn. It makes me happy. It belongs to our neighbor, a retired orthopedic surgeon... we have no idea what's in there. I do know he has some grapes... I think he should turn it into a little winery... I've told him as much. I covet his house. I'll try to get a picture of it. I want to move there when I retire!

I don't know what these bushes are but they are gorgeous! I've never seen pink in the fall before! Our whole cul-de-sac is lined with these beautiful bushes. Tomorrow I'll get my shears and cut a few so I can enjoy them indoors!

This bright red maple tree belongs to another neighbor. The red is outstanding!

Here the trees (a town away) are only just starting to turn...

And another reason I love the fall! Starbucks' Thanksgiving Blend is out! Just one more month before my favorite Christmas Blend hits the shelves. (My nighttime and morning beverages!)

And... I even saw a Red Cup this morning! I'll have to go tomorrow to see if it's really true! Oh I love this time of year... the cooler temperatures... the heavy sweaters... the fires in the fireplace... the red cups... the falling leaves... and the holidays!!!

It's a busy time of year but I love it so!!