Ode to Fall & the dread of Winter

Fall is fading fast around these parts- the trees are almost totally bare and I’ve been raking for four weekends in a row now.

One of the best parts about living in Massachusetts is definitely the fall foliage and the crisp chill that starts to set in right around October, so I went out a few weekends ago and played around with my camera a bit.new england landscape

It was nice to get outside for a little nature walk before the bitter cold really set in. These days I’m up at 5:50am and out the door by 6am with our new pup to get in his morning walk- half of which is done completely in the dark and all of which is done in 40* and below temperatures.

As much as I love the changing of the leaves and the Halloweeness of fall, I really dread what comes next. Not the snow and the cold so much, but the short, dark days. They really do me in and bum me out.

New England autumn- ducks on a pond

Blogland gets so super pumped about Christmas before Thanksgiving ever really gets started, but I totally do not. This change of season leaves me feeling anxious, sluggish, and unsettled.

So I guess this post is just a bit of rambling, and not so much with the DIY, but I thought it was important to pause for a second and get a little real. I don’t often do holiday decorating posts, I think I’ve only even put up our tree once, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

New England Foliage- mirror lake

I love all the time with friends and family this next season brings, and I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I do think it’s important to pay attention to how you’re feeling- and frankly, not everyone loves Christmas. And it’s ok if you do. And it’s ok if you don’t. And it’s ok if you want to fake sick and stay under the covers for a weekend.

Massachusetts leaves changing- coggshall park

Get outside when you can, breathe in some fresh air, and take in all the positives you can get. And if that doesn’t include making your own napkin rings and setting place cards out at dinner then so be it. Plastic plates and paper napkins don’t change the taste of your family dinner, so you do you and power through the winter drearies if you’ve got ’em!

red yellow green fall leaves

xo,

Stephanie

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Ode to Fall & the dread of Winter

  1. I totally agree! Blogland gets so crazy with Christmas crafts and holiday decorations. I am so not that person, but seeing it all in my blog feeds makes me feel like I have to be. This is the first year we’re having family over during the holidays, so I guess I have to step it up a bit…

  2. I sympathize. My husband gets the winter glooms pretty bad. I’m not a super seasonal decorator anyway, and he just doesn’t have the emotional energy to deck the halls… so we don’t. Plus it’s just the two of us, and we go to family rather than hosting, so there never seemed to be much need to overextend. I like to look at other’s photo spreads, but I’m not that interested myself.
    Although, I did get a small Christmas scene made from Lego’s last year… I might have to put them out on the mantel…

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