She's here. And everyone is talking about her. She slipped in quietly yesterday, here in the pacific northwest. I noticed her, first as I drew back the curtains and watched the rain dancing on the pond. Then, in the afternoon, a quick glance out the back windows ended in a full on staring contest with nature. Leaves were falling, the wind carrying them effortlessly across the sky, and I couldn't help but stand there, mesmerized, for long moments. I finally broke the trance and called out to Graeme. "Come look!" I said.I smiled this morning as I dressed the boys in corduroy, moccasins, and vests. I smiled bigger as I pulled out the camera to take these pictures and watched as frame after frame was filled with their sweet faces.
And then, this evening, as I drove down the long driveway, the gray gravel fading into the tall pines, I saw it, the first wisps of chimney smoke. The boys met me at the door with smiles and chatter. They pulled on their boots and walked through the rain to admire the smoke stack. We made pancakes for dinner, August's blueberries added to my husband's stack, Trader Joe's crunchy cookie butter to mine. We made our way downstairs and cuddled up on the couch with our boys, their footed jammies, two books, and a down comforter.
And now, I'm writing, sprawled out on our wool rug, a down comforter over me and the wood stove burning brightly behind me, while my husband pulls an apple crisp out of the oven and dishes it up, a bowl for each of us, all warm and bubbly. (I have a keeper on my hands!) They say that "life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall". (F. Scott Fitzgerald) And I believe it. Welcome back, Flinter. I've missed you so.
Some time ago, my inner nerd came up with a word for these favorite seasons of mine, Fall and Winter-- Flinter. Yep, just one lo-ong season of wonderfulness. And she's here. I decided to go a little farther into nerdome and create a hashtag for this glorious time of year. Feel free to join me in tagging your beautiful Instagram photographs if you too are in love with the season. #iloveflinter