♥♥ September - Helen Hunt Jackson ♥♥
- The gentian's bluest fringes
- Are curling in the sun;
- In dusty pods the milkweed
- Its hidden silk has spun.
- The sedges flaunt their harvest,
- In every meadow nook;
- And asters by the brook-side
- Make asters in the brook.
- From dewy lanes at morning
- The grapes' sweet odors rise;
- At noon the roads all flutter
- With yellow butterflies.
- By all these lovely tokens
- September days are here,
- With summer's best of weather,
- And autumn's best of cheer.
- But none of all this beauty
- Which floods the earth and air
- Is unto me the secret
- Which makes September fair.
- 'T is a thing which I remember;
- To name it thrills me yet:
- One day of one September
- I never can forget.
- The leaves are just starting to turn their bright autumn hues, with green still mixed in. Depending on your area of the country, some September days might still have that summer heat, while others hint at the crisp coolness to come. September is a month to say goodbye to summer and look forward to autumn. Don’t forget to enjoy it before it’s gone! Here are nine reasons to remind you to love September.
1. It is canning-time!As a transition time between summer and fall, September is THE month to start canning. Revive this lost art in your home and you’ll thank yourself come winter (remember the story of the Cricket and the Ant?). Everyone else will be buying over-priced fruits and veggies from the supermarket, and you’ll have cans of fresh jams, homemade pickles and more to choose from. Want to make the job even more special? Ask a relative familiar with canning for a little advice, and do it together! My mom and I do it together for years, and I'd never change that time for anything (Spa? Massage? No, thank you.. I'd find my peace with canning)
2. PumpkinsDoes anything more really need to be said with this one? September marks the season where pumpkin can officially go into anything and everything you eat and drink for the next couple months. What to start with? There’s breakfast: pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin bread and pumpkin-spiced coffee. For lunch, maybe, pumpkin soup? And dinner? How about pumpkin any pasta with cooked pumpkin, and wash it all down with a pumpkin beer. And that’s even without mentioning dessert! Sweet pumpkin pie.
3. Planning for HalloweenOnce September arrives you can start planning ahead for Halloween, without looking too excited. If you start thinking about Halloween now, you can save yourself or the little ones from a last-minute costume scramble. And, it will give you more time to enjoy the fun of All Hallows Eve before it comes and goes.
4. Plant a fall gardenWith the right crops, you can keep growing throughout the fall and into the winter season. Greens, like spinach, kale and lettuces do well in cold weather. Cool temps can even make them taste better! Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets, garlic and Brussels sprouts are just a few other veggies that do well in a fall garden. Get started now!
5. Reflect on the yearThe New Year isn’t the only time for fresh starts. For many, back to school season signals a time of new beginnings. Even if you’re no longer a student, you likely still remember the “fresh start” feeling of a new school year. Take this time in September to reassess, maybe check back on those New Years resolutions, set a few new goals and just reevaluate. Maybe you’ll gain some fresh insight into your life at this time of year!
6. Perfect weatherThe days are still long in September, but they’ll only get shorter. Get outside after school or work and take a walk or ride your bike in the evenings before the time comes when you just want to hibernate for winter.
7. Autumn decoratingIn September, you can start decorating your home for autumn. Bring those rich browns, burnt oranges and golden yellow colors into your home with a display of natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, and leaves. Seasonal fruits and veggies also make fun table centerpieces. Let nature guide your decorating this time of year.
8. Quiet momentsWhether you love mornings or fit in with the night owl crowd, take some time to just have a quiet moment and enjoy this month. Sit on your porch with a hot beverage and watch the leaves turn. Enjoy the just-turning-cool weather while it’s still here. Fall always seems to pass far too quickly...and one picture, to give you the vintage feel of my home:Do you like Autumn?♥♥ Pinky Honey