Thursday, October 01, 2009

Falling for Autumn

Rabbit, rabbit.

My husband typically greets me on the first day of each new month with the above words. He welcomes the kids in the same manner, unless one of them beats him to it, which I believe to be the goal. I did not grow up with the double bunny salutation, and I’m still not sure how mammals of any kind factor into the flip of the calendar, but if you do, then rabbit, rabbit. It’s October!

October means that it’s indisputably fall—a fact that energizes me more than a six pack of Red Bull. If I started listing the things I love about fall, I’d leave out a couple dozen that I’d feel guilty later about missing: the brisk air, the explosion of color, crunching leaves, warm, tasty beverages…and PUMPKINS!

My love for fall prompted me to link up to the weekly photography challenge that Beth of I Should Be Folding Laundry hosts each week. This week’s challenge was capturing the feeling of fall. I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start with some Dirty Chai, elected last week as the official drink of the season here at Running With Letters. I’m sorry, Pumpkin Latte, I still love you…but I simply can’t resist warm Chai goodness infused with a shot of espresso. It’s like liquid gingerbread in a cup.

I currently have two pumpkins in my yard. This is one of them. By the time the Christmas lights go up, I’ll be removing about 20 of these from my property.

This shot isn’t the sharpest I’ve ever captured, nor does it immediately evoke fall—at least for me. But when my son saw the box of Boo Berry Crunch in the pantry he exclaimed, “You know it’s fall when Boo Berry comes back!” I adore the look on his face.

I don’t have my full fall d├ęcor up yet, but you wouldn’t know it from my kitchen table. With any luck, there will be a piping hot lasagna sitting right smack in the middle of the table this evening—but then again, that was the plan yesterday and I ended up eating cold chicken nuggets which my husband hand fed me while I drove through city streets trying to score vicodin. But that’s a story for another post.

My camera is full of shots, but I’ll hold some back for awhile. After all, this whole post is simply a preview trailer for a blockbuster hit I’ve been waiting for all year: warm fires on the patio, trips to the apple orchard, and a World Series destined to play out in the Bronx—here I come!

Thanks for peeking through my lens with me.

(P.S. Regular readers may want to scroll down to the prior post, if you didn't stop by yesterday afternoon. In order to participate in today's challange, i had an unusually short interval between posts, and I don't want you to miss anything. Especially because a couple of you just might have been mentioned in yesterday's post.)


Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh my goodness...Chai...I might have to skip a pumpkin latte for one of those. Liquid gingerbread in a cup. I'm sold! Great captures! I love the glee on your son's face. That's awesome! :)

Whimsical Creations said...

YUM chai! Your son's expression is hilarious! I love how kids look at things.

Icon-1 said...

Brandon looks so anime!

Anonymous said...

Your son is hysterical! I love the look on his face. I don't have a warm drink of choice (well coffee) but warm drinks are definitely part of the season.

Anonymous said...

Where's the Thanksgiving mention???

Vicki said...

following from SITS! I LOVE October, but you made me love it even more with your fun post! Looking forward to reading more from you.

The Animator's Wife said...

Nice job, and even thinking about the smell of chai makes me feel like fall. In fact I think I need to do more than think about it...

Lorena said...

I love your photos specially the first one, it's beautiful... and also want a cup of warm choco. =)

Tina said...

Beautiful fall picture captures!

Anonymous said...

I did not see a "credit" for the discovery of Dirty Chai... hmmm


Jen said...

I love the increased comments!! Congrats Cindy on a great post.. and more "traffic".

And now that we finally have internet again maybe my blogging will increase.. you never know.. miracles do happen.

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Thanks for all of the comments! I enjoyed traveling around cyberspace and looking at all of your blogs :)

A couple notes/disclaimers:

Not So Anonymous Sister: Thanksgiving represents one of those things that I knew would stick out like a sore thumb if mentioned, but would turn into a whole separate post if mentioned. I eventually decided to categorize the entire holiday as a sub-category. Too much good there for a mere passing mention.

Lori--FWIW you were nearly credited with the Dirty Chai in an early draft of the previous post. And did you see? You got full credit for properly identifying the butler-something-or-other earlier in the week!

And Jen...I'll look for those posts :)

Holly said...

Thanks for stopping by and not giving up after you thought I only blog about butternut squash. I love this post. I Love Fall. I have never heard of dirty chai...I am going to try this for sure. Love the beautiful photos.
Holly @ 504 Main

Frugal Vicki said...

me again! I left you an award on my site!

Joy said...

Liquid gingerbread...sounds wonderful!

p.s. Thanks so much for stopping by last week on my SITS feature day!


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