Goodbye to the Fall Days

Reed turns three in a week and a half. It is a very exciting time for him. There is lots of discussion about his party and all that it will mean to be three. 

There’s a lot to cover.

He was was drifting off to sleep the other night when he asked dreamily, On my birthday, will you bring cakes to school? All the other kids bring cakes on their birthdays.

Yes my dear child, I will bring cupcakes to school on your birthday. Fear not.

It seems as if Fall has passed and Winter has set in. The leaves have drifted from their branches, ready to rejoin the earth. Our kiwis, last of the winter fruit, have been harvested. Collected by tiny fingers and lugged indoors for ripening by one little person, determined to do it all by himself. The first hard frost has come and gone, promised to return again tonight.

We bundle up for our walks now. A heavier coat. Yesterday there were even mittens. Those of you in northern lands may think us overreacting to such a mild cold. We do garden in Zone 8 after all. There are worse things.  

I try to get into the spirit of winter, I do. Before Reed was old enough to be mobile, I would light candles here and there once the sun set. Now I don’t out of fear that he will burn the house down. Accidentally of course.

I am constantly overhearing myself mutter I hate winter. I am not sure if am more concerned with the fact that I am talking to myself a lot or my chronic negativity on the matter. There just isn’t enough knitwear to warm the insides of my bones. I feel like I am always cold. Especially my hands.

These are the times when I fantasize about my tropical knitting colony. An isle of knitters sipping lime fizzes while listening to waves lap against the sandy shore.

It gets me through the hard days.






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  • Reply Andi November 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Ah, a very happy birthday to little man. Three is a brilliant age and bonus cupcakes make it more so. 🙂
    Sounds like you need to knit up loads of mitts to warm your cold hands and warm you to the idea that you will have a beautiful Winter. xo!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise November 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I love love love winter and feel like you do about summer. I try not to say “I hate summer”. however I’ve noticed that fall and winter whip by and summer lasts way to long. Dare I say forever?? Anyways one of us is quite happy right now 🙂

    happy birthday one and a half weeks early 🙂

  • Reply Tina November 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I love fall and winter the most, summer, well it’s rather a tolerance for me. I’m with Andi, time to knit up a few mitts to get your hands warm. 🙂

  • Reply Monica November 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Happy birthday to the handsome boy! How about some Christmas movies/music, decor, baking and lots of wool to get into the winter mood? Is the wonderful time of year….okay, I will not sing. You do not deserve that. 🙂

  • Reply Little Church Knits November 30, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Well, don’t worry too much about talking to yourself. I do it too. Sometimes I just like to talk to an expert 😉
    Happy Birthday, Reed!

  • Reply Alina November 30, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Beautiful photos! I am with you on the cold weather! I lived all my life in freezing winter, but right now even a mild cold wind doesn’t make me happy 🙂 My hands are always like ice in the mornings 🙂 Have a great December!

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