When it comes to autumn, I am like a kid in a candy store---giddy with delight and drooling over treats at every corner. Having lived in Florida for nearly twenty years of my adult life, I haven't always had a chance to enjoy this most beautiful season. After all, Florida seasons are pretty much summer and hotter summer. With changing leaves and cooler temperatures not part of a Florida September, October, or November, there was never much point in getting excited about the season. In fact, my decorating went straight from summer to Christmas. I didn't even own any fall decorations.
Since we moved to Idaho in 2000, though, fall has been a part of my year, and I absolutely love it! It is easily my favorite of the seasons, with October being my favorite month of the season. It's cool then, but not cold---still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors with only a sweater or light jacket. The leaves are mostly still on the trees too, but by November, their job for the year will be done and they will have fallen to the ground, leaving nothing but bare branches behind. While I have come to find beauty in the barren trees, there is nothing quite like a tree loaded with crimson, gold, or pumpkin-colored leaves. To be honest, I wish October and all its glory lasted for six months!
Living in Idaho, I now enjoy decorating for fall, and those decorations go up the first day of September. Yes, I know the calendar says that there are still three more weeks of summer, but to me, September is a fall month---all 30 days of it! So, as soon as the first day of this sapphire-birthstoned ninth month of the year arrives, I pull the "Fall Decorations" box from the garage shelf, and I set about making my home reflect the glories of the season. As of this week, though, it is "officially" fall, so I am not "early for fall" anymore.
I am so thankful God made seasons and that I live in a place where I get to experience them!