(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.
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.
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