Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Tuesday in Fall

Not sure about you, but fall fever has hit me. Hard. This morning Millie and I went on a leaf peeping/collecting adventure at the State Park. It froze here overnight, and I worried that the puppy might get cold on a morning hike. Please. The cold seemed to invigorate her, and she ran and nosed around as if it were the greatest day of her life. (She did not, however, belly flop into the lake as she usually does.)

We pulled up to the park entrance and the Ranger came to the Jeep. I rolled down the window. "Good morning, ma'am," he said politely, his breath hanging in clouds around his hat. He can't be much older than I am.

"Morning," I said. "How much?"

"Just you?"

"And the dog," I replied, gesturing toward the back seat. He looked in. Millie wagged her tail and licked the window.

"Two dollars," he grinned. Then he looked at me closely. "Mighty cold morning to be out."

I raised my eyebrow and nodded in agreement. He stood there as if he needed an explanation.

"Guess I just need some air," I said.

He looked at me again, studying me. Then he nodded. "Well, you'll have the park to yourself. No one's here."

And no one was. Millie and I had the entire place to ourselves. It was so serene. So, so beautiful, watching the blazing colors reflect off the water and listening to the wind rattle through the crunchy leaves. Summer has blazed into fall and already fall is pointing to winter. The mistletoe, high in the trees, reminded me that even Christmas is a handful of weeks away.

It was inspiring. I came home and began working on my fall aprons, one of which is pictured above and already listed in the Freeman House Shop on etsy.

I think tonight I'll make a pumpkin something and settle in and work on a quilt. (And maybe read. I'm devouring the classic The Ivy Tree, and so far it's my favorite book of the fall. It's shockingly good.)

Wishing you a warm, pleasant day. -Brin


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

What a lovely way to spend a fall tuesday, such reflection is so needed now with one week to go before the election! Such a shame you have to pay to get in the park, all ours here are free and we take advantage of it as often as we can. I too love to get out and spy on Mother Nature. Love the apron too! Enjoy the rest of your fall tuesday!

gracy said...

I love collecting leaves. Also enjoy breathing in the smoky fall air & taking pictures of the brilliantly colored trees-- crabapples are one of my favorites this time of year.

You have inspired me to go make gingerbread... if only I could... :)

Luv your blog! Thanx for the lovely posts!

Heritage of Home said...

You sweet, sweet girl. I have read your blog and have prayed for you. Love your home and your puppy. You are an inspiration, and encouragement to those who read your blog. I am a pastor's wife, we have six children.(two sets of twins) Your photos make me want to move out to where you live. But, alas and a lot, the Lord wants our Big, little family in Florida. Bless you sister. You are brave in the Lord! I have a verse that I read often when I am afraid and unsure about things...Proverbs 3:24 "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." I wish I could invite you over for coffee and cream cheese scones! Have a blessed day. I have a blog at Homeschoolblogger/heritageofhome Come visit me sometime there. Love in Christ. Maralena

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your apron...Beautiful!

Jen said...

The apron is gorgeous, adorable, perfect. Happy Fall!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What a perfect way to spend some time at the park...all alone with just Millie for company.

That apron is terrific! Did I ever tell you that my niece loves hers?

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

You make me want to visit a park so much. Sometimes I wish I could just sit and crochet and be at one with nature. Alas the little parks close to me are not places you want to be alone, but I'm glad yours is. xxoo

fairmaiden said...

My favorite kind of day...dog and all! Your apron is adorable.

Sandy said...

Happy Day to you, too, Brin! And thanks for visiting me. :)

lady jane said...

L.O.V.E. the apron!

Thank you for describing your park adventure in such a way that I could easily picture you (and Millie) tromping through. :o)

Jess said...

Soudns like an awesome day at the park!
I couldn't find the apron on your etsy site...do you have it up yet?

Rosa said...

My dog Jada perks right up when the temperatures fall. She pesters us like crazy. . .
Let's play ball, how about walk, frizzbe. . . Anything?!
Thanks for the book suggestion.
A few more days of hard work and I just might have time to read it!

Brin said...

Hi Gals,

Thanks for all the sweet comments!

Jess - the apron sold quickly which is why it isn't on the site now. But I have more coming! (And kudos and thanks to Muttonfish, who snatched that cutie right up...)


Lindy said...

Sounds like you and Millie had a wonderful morning. I actually woke up this morning with a hankering for pumpkin bread!

And... the apron is adorable! :)

Jess said...

Darn!!! I was afraid that was the case!!! I have to be quicker next time. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Victoria said...

The apron is beautiful!

Thanks for the post on Oct 22nd. It really hit home to me tonight.