Well, I’ve been thinking all this past week about what I’m feeling inspired to write about. What has been on my mind? What similar thoughts might you be sharing with me? What kind of mood am I in? I’ve mused, evaluated and mulled over: what am I experiencing right now? As I watched some leaves swirl to the ground, I was pondering it. As I added a light weight blanket to my bed, I contemplated it. As I noticed how the sun is hanging lower in the sky and the days are ending earlier, I reflected on it.  And then, right before my eyes, there it was.

Fall is coming.

It has been happening all around me, and I was too busy living in it to even notice it, until BOOM! There it was. Pre-season football started, kids are back in school, summer tourists are heading back home, there’s a calmer energy in the city, seasons are beginning to shift.

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It’s a time of transition. That lull between the bright, hot days of summer, and the cool, crisp days of Autumn. A time when things are slowwwwwwly starting to change. Nothing drastic that can exactly be pinpointed, but there is something in the air. The sun has that golden glow to it. It’s rich, and present, yet retires a bit earlier each night, as if telling us, ‘I’ve been working hard for the past 3 months! I need to rest.’ Evenings in Seattle have a slight chill in the air. My sweaters are happy to be making a gradual return into my everyday wear, and the blankets on my shelf are just about ready to be utilized in my cozy making. Fall brings about a desire to nurture all aspects in one’s life. Nurture a home with cushy blankets, warm plaids, and aromatic candles that bring up nostalgic, yet comforting memories. Nurture our loved ones with delicious, tummy-warming suppers, and homemade goodies. Nurture ourselves with plush sweaters, long walks on a crisp day, and curling up with a book when it’s pouring outside.

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Don’t get me wrong. I know summer is not quite over yet, and Fall doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 sharp. Ahem. Not that I’ve checked, made a paper chain counting down the days, or anything. However, my natural instincts kick in around this time of year, and tell me: It’s time to start adapting to another change in season. My most favorite one. It marks the beginning of the holiday season, having girlfriends over for a cozy night in, spending time with my family, lots of cold and wet weather, and revisiting classic recipes my grandmother handed down to me to make for the people I love. Does it get much better than that? If you ask me, which I think you want to, I would say, no, it does not, my friend.

I get very excited when I see the first pumpkin beer show up in stores. I LOVVVVVVE pumpkin beer, and as soon as it pops up in my local market, it just sets everything in motion. It’s kinda like, ok, this is happening. I can officially begin to get excited about Fall.

Well.

Guess what I saw today…

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Yep.

Not only one of my favorite beer styles, but also one of my favorite breweries!! This, I am sure, can only be a sign from the universe, saying, go ahead girl. Get crazy with your Autumn shenanigans. Oh, you know I will.

So, since the universe TOLD me to, I added just a weeeee bit of Fall into my home. Starting with some glowing twinkle lights to warm the place up. But not too much yet. I don’t want to rush summer out. I’m just casually showing it where the door is. It can stay for one more drink! Not a whole pint of beer, just a schooner. And, like clockwork, Summer will take that last sip, and cordially exit the building as Fall comes in, and kindly finds a seat at the table, making itself comfy in my home. And I will say, ‘Welcome! I’m so glad you decided to come! Can I pour you a pint of pumpkin beer?’ And of course, it will accept. Naturally.

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Well, before I go too overboard with my harvest decorations, I will stop myself, and enjoy the cool summer breeze coming in through my window, as I scurry to grab a button up to put on over my tank top. I truly hope you find this time of transition a delightful one, and that the last few weeks of your summer are light hearted and full of enchantment. Now go get yourself a pumpkin beer, would ya!? 😉 Happiest of seasons to youuuuuuuu!!!!!

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