Autumn Bliss

by Kathleen

I am always excited with the transitioning of each season, and must admit that fall is my absolute favorite. Perhaps it is because I am not a huge fan of summer heat or it’s more likely a result of getting older. Well, whatever the reason, I love the fact that life appears to take a quieter turn after the hustle and bustle of summertime.

{Cocktails are a must from Eddie V’s at Tysons One Pl. in McLean, their Boozy Vietnamese Coffee is the perfect liquid dessert made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, a dash of espresso, sweet milk and served over coffee iced cubes}

I miss the autumn of my youth, where we would rake leaves into gigantic piles, sometimes while battling a sudden wind, and before placing them into the compost, my brothers and I would jump into the mountainous crunchy foliage, only to re-rake the leaves back into a colossal piles. We also celebrated Halloween as a group with friends and family strategically maneuvering the neighborhood in search of tasty treats.

Lately, Halloween has become an adult affair at Heath, children in our neighborhood are grown, and now the holiday belongs to the grown-ups. There’s nothing like burrowing into a cozy throw on a blistery windy evening with the fireplace blazing! Candles are lit throughout the family room and kitchen, and a pot of delicious beef stew bubbles on the stove. As, we no longer have to pop up every 3-5 minutes to hand out candy, the time is now ours to curl up on the sofa with a bowl of earthy stew, watching classic horror movies such as, The Thing from Another World-195 1 with James Arness, Creature from the Black Lagoon– 1954 or though not so horrific, but still timeless , Charlie Brown’s It’s the Great Pumpkin- 1966 episode.

I am always up for creating new traditions to replace the old standards, and making myself and the family extremely comfortable in the process!!!

Enjoy the season,
K