FALLING GENTLY INTO FALL

autun is here

The time hasn’t even changed yet, and here the mornings are already dark.

Fall is my favorite season.

I love the cooler temps after a heatwave of a Summer!

I love the changing leaves.

You can see the birds gathering in large flocks to fly South.

PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING!

And, I LOVE Halloween!

For my family and I, it is a time of slowing down. We do not get caught up in the rush of the Holidays, although we enjoy them, and celebrate Christmas with gifts, we do not rush or worry.

It is time to share with family.

Where work and life do not need us in any other way except just to be, and to love our family.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO FALL GENTLY INTO THE SEASON:

~COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

I understand when we are facing difficult times that it’s hard to find a blessing in anything. I also am aware that hearing, “others have it worse off than you,” is oftentimes not very helpful.

Remember you will get through whatever it is.

Search for blessings even in the smallest of things.

For example, this morning I was happy to have lots of hot water for a long shower. (We couldn’t do this while out of the country recently.)

~FIND A BALANCED ROUTINE

It’s dark by the time you get home, so sitting on the porch or taking a stroll is most likely out of the question.

The kids won’t be staying outdoors as long either.

So what do you do?

Find a new routine that you love.

We give our kids more video game time in the cooler months, and they finally get around to playing with the indoor toys that got neglected over the warmer season.

Remember to take time for yourself!

~GIVE

Give what you can when you can, and if you can’t give, don’t feel guilty about it!

My favorite book quote is from the classic,  Black Beauty :

“Do your best

and leave the rest,

’twill all come right

some day or night.”

alcohol

As much as I love Pumpkin Spice and hot drinks this time of year, I thought I would share this Non-Alcoholic Sangria recipe with you from the Food Network.

Sangria holds a special place in my heart as that is what my husband and I were drinking the first night we met through the friends we have in common.

It was a random meeting, not planned, and I didn’t like him at all. 🙂

Since it was out of state, I figured I would never see him again, but little did I know he had family in my home state.

So now, all these years later, we drink Sangria to celebrate our love. It was nice finding a non-alcoholic version.

If you give this recipe a try let me know.

And let me know what you do when the weather turns cooler!

~January

NON-ALCOHOLIC SANGRIA RECIPE

Courtesy of The Food Network

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/non-alcoholic-sangria-recipe-1925183

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