Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keeping it real, fall style

(I decided to just go with the pictures.  You'll get the idea, right?) 

You know fall is really here when you have the urge to make soup.  I made soup today.  The best kind comes when you mix the refrigerator's longest tenants with some frozen broth and add extra pepper flakes for the husband who usually says, "it could have a little more kick."

Once the soup was made, I knew it was time to bring out the fall decorations.  Of which I have approximately five, four of which are candles.  My philosophy on fall decorating is to go for the real or not at all.  For the love of nature everywhere, please do not feel like you have to buy those plastic pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.  Hobby Lobby is great.  They play hymns over the intercom that have the tempo sped up a few notches and they are closed on Sundays.  Great business.  But the plastic pumpkins?  You will regret them.

My friend Crystal said on her blog that she hates having the windows closed.  She needs to feel as near to the world as she can.  Walls and closed windows, they impede that.   I like that idea.

So go get yourself a few real pumpkins.  Get the knobby green one that sort of reminds you of the color of baby poop.  Get it because God makes such intensely creative and unusual things, and you need as much reminding of that as you can get.  Get the rusty orange squash-thing that isn't quite a pumpkin.  It will make you wonder every time you walk by it.  Plump those babies down on your table.

Pour some beans in a mason jar and add a candle someone gave you for free at a garage sale.  (Sometimes it does pay to go to garage sales later in the day.)  At the park, get down on your hands and knees like a weird lady.  Find those acorns with the caps still on and scatter them across your coffee table.

Unearth the shadow box that a sweet friend gave you with aspen leaves inside of it.  Put it in a place of honor, because aspens are some of your favorite trees, and they remind you of the mountains.

And then leave your windows open.  Simmer the soup.  Smell the rain and watch the squirrels hide walnuts between your stone edging.

It's fall, and you've got the real deal.

"The beauty of the world is Christ's tender smile for us coming through matter."  -Simone Weil

1 comment:

  1. Glad your back! I say just go with the lines and call it a new take on ombre.... :)