After a couple long, rough winters (read: major vitamin D deficiency and hypoactive thyroid) I discovered I had lost my excitement for fall. I only saw it as the approaching of winter, of being ccccold, of short dreary days, and being housebound. Gone were the days of a shiver of excitement about wearing a fuzzy warm sweater, cozy wool socks, curling up by the woodstove, the sound of crunching leaves, leaf-pile jumping, pumpkin bread and the like. This made me so sad!
While working my way through a thought-and-heart-provoking book this summer, and again with some fabulous women in a bookclub this month, I am working on changing how I am thinking about things. Not actually changing things in my life, but how I am in my life. And I decided I wanted to do this to reclaim my excitement for fall. This was my first attempt to embrace and welcome fall:
Inspired by The Inspired Room (who just adores fall), I started with my porch:
I fell in love with spray-paint when I found The Nester a couple falls ago. ( I am now studying her most current post in an effort to embrace fall with my mantle.) I spray-painted a “stool” (chair with the back broken off) that we inherited with this house. I have nearly thrown it away 6 times, but I always thought “well if it were painted it might make a nice stool… for the front porch anyway.” So I finally did it! I chose some favorite warm fall colors (red and golden yellow- the flowers are a deep red, you just can’t tell, with a touch of yellow) and added the real pumpkin for the traditional orange. It makes me smile every time I enter my house- even when it’s 80 degrees and I am sweating from helping my year old work on riding on her bike without training wheels.
Despite the 80 degrees we keep hitting here, I am beginning to get a little excited for fall! Are you?