It was so blustery and warm this morning as the front edge of the storm front blew in off the Pacific, hitting our yard first, so near the coastline. I was whooshing out the door in my usual morning frantic rush-rush-rush, arms overloaded with my purse, lunches, Reed’s backpack and school art projects, among other accoutrements en masse, and I just stopped to watch.
It was one of those moments.
He was looking up at the trees and the sky, taking it all in: the world around him.
I told him it was a Winnie the Pooh kind of day. Blustery always makes me think of Winnie the Pooh for some reason.
Fall is fully upon us here in Northern California, as are the dark nights. I’ve been lighting lots of candles.
One of my favorite things about this season is the fruits—the pomegranates and persimmons especially. I will be honest, I do miss my persimmon trees at my old home something terrible. Is it funny to miss a tree so? I know their leaves must be fire engine red about now, and their branches are surely laden with the odd little fruits, nearing their perfection.
Reed is a pomegranate fiend. He can devour a pomegranate without concern as to the level of effort (and correlative mess) required to present him with a bowl of those funny, deep-red seeds.
As for me, well, I have my own special place for pomegranates this time of year. I like to muddle them into fresh pomegranate lemon drops, served up, and share them with a girl friend or two, catching up and chatting.
It’s just one of those little things I do each November. What can I say, I am a creature of habit.
(And as you know, my cocktails almost always include fresh fruit. I like to think of it as a fruit salad, with a wee bit of a kick.)
Looking back, I am in such a different place this fall than I was a year ago. On so many levels. I suspect (hope) I will feel the same way a year from today.
Change is in the air, blowing in on that warm wind, and sweaters are on my needles.
2 oz. respectable vodka
1 pomegranate (or use pomegranate juice if the fresh fruits allude you)
fizzy water, plain or lemon
Optional: simply syrup
Muddle seeds from half a fresh pomegranate and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Add vodka. If desired, add a splash of simple syrup. Shake and pour in a martini glass. Top with fizzy water.*Disclaimer: This recipe is for adults that meet the legal drinking age requirements of their respective nations. Always drink responsibly. Never drink and drive. Alcoholism is a very serious disease. Please seek support if you need it. Drinking is very likely to impact your stitch count and may generally result in extensive frogging, so go easy.
I can’t believe I fell off the cocktail-knitting bandwagon. I mean, I was doing so well. If you have missed other posts in this series, there was also May’s Champagne Cherry Fizz, June’s Watermelon Margarita, and July’s berry-laden Moscow Mule.