Fall has definitely arrived! Fall means fresh apples and pumpkins, baking, warm sweatshirts and hot cereal and I have to say it’s probably my most favorite time of the year. Even though summer ranks high on my list of favorite things, with all of its sunshine and heat, there’s just something about the fall that brings me such a feeling of contentment and peace. Maybe it’s the absence of extremes that I love so much. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. There’s no snow or ice on the ground yet and everything simply feels cozy.
Fall means waterfowl hunting season arrives for my guys. Every year at this time they spend several weekends away from home on a quest to take down their limit of birds. My boys are true outdoors men. Last week Jake was almost giddy with excitement over his first hunting trip of the year. I love to see him so happy and so passionate about something. And I’m definitely looking forward to enjoying Mark’s famous duck stroganoff for dinner.
As much as I love my guys, I also love having them go away a few weekends a year! Having the boys gone for a few days at a time means girl-time for Kacey and me. Our lives are so busy and she’s growing up so fast. The older she gets, the more I realize the importance of setting aside some time for just her and me. It’s always fun to have some one on one time with my daughter, even though I have to work harder at squeezing in some time with her as she gets older. She has such an active social life! If she can fit me in, we’ll do some shopping and possibly go out for dinner.
This morning, I discovered another reason I love fall. I run well in the fall! I struggled with my running all summer long, almost to the point of giving up. It never occurred to me that my problem might be the heat. Then, last week, I went out one cold morning and had the best run I’ve had in months. I went out again this morning, the air still chilly after yesterday’s snowfall. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to duplicate the feeling I experienced last week and had to give myself a motivational talk, telling myself to just do the best I could do and not to get frustrated. And as it turns out, I had another good, solid run! It’s ironic, because in almost all other regards, I HATE the cold. But where running is concerned, apparently I love it!
As I ran today, I took in the beauty of my surroundings. Some of the trees are beginning to change colors. The reds and golds are gorgeous, like a fire in the tree tops, while other trees are holding fast to their summer greens. The contrast of the colors against one another is breath-taking. I have got to get out with my camera and capture some of this before it all fades away into the gray of winter.
The guys were gone hunting this weekend, and in just three short days, they take off again for a four-day trip. The schools in Minnesota are closed for an annual teacher convention every year at this time, so the boys get to enjoy an extended hunting expedition. I always take a couple of days off work when they go on this trip, so Kacey and I can spend some quality time together. However, she has just informed me that there’s a varsity volleyball tournament this Thursday and Friday and she’s been asked to go along. She’s already planned a little social gathering at home with her friends on Saturday night, so… so much for girl time! Things will be quiet around here Thursday and Friday, but I’m sure I can find ways to occupy my time.
I feel such a lack of stress and anxiety right now, knowing I have a long weekend coming up in just three short days. There are chores that I haven’t dealt with this weekend, and normally that would make me just crazy. For some reason, today, it doesn’t bother me. I LIKE it!
I love the fall!