Autumn is my favorite time of the year, although a friend will remind me that the Romans found it so inconsequential that they did not even offer up a name to this brief time of the year. It is on that foot that I begin this post.

I am watching the days grow shorter and the leaves are falling all too quickly from the trees.  All it takes is a bit of rain, a dollop of wind, and before you know it, the leaves are no longer adorning the trees like vibrant tresses.  They become a carpet that cloaks the ground giving her a bit of all too soon fleeting splendor.

I love the days whether sunny and mild, or rainy and chilled.  If the sun is not shining in the sky, the trees seem to have captured her glory and radiate this glory back to us.

I love the smells and tastes of autumn as well.  Things like apple cider, pumpkin pie, the variety of squashes that smell amazing when you roast them, or a pot of chili simmering on the stove.  I enjoy walking through an apple orchard on a sun-drenched afternoon to gather a few apples, or taking a hayride through the local vineyards, enjoying the grapes before they become a tasty vintage!  In addition, can one forget the fleeting college football season that is almost over as soon as it begins!

Gentle Reader, I ask have you taken time to note that a rainy day in autumn is not quite as gloomy as it is in the other seasons.  Alternatively, have you gone out to find what makes autumn unique in your corner of the world?  I encourage you to slow down and take note of these rare occurrences because the days are fleeting in which you can do so.  Here is to wishing you a most marvelous autumn…

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