"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte

One of my favorite things is to grab my camera and capture details of each season. Today is rainy and gloomy. The first day of really cooler temperatures. It's almost the end of October and we've had amazing warm + sunny weather up until now, here in Wisconsin. I captured these images for this post this morning. Droplets of water on leaves, even little puddles in the colorful fallen leaves. Autumn has a glorious face.

I think it's safe to say that most people who live in Wisconsin have ice in their veins. We don't don coats until absolutely necessary, like when it hits the freezing mark. Like them, we refuse to turn the heat on yet. I hear we have a freeze coming tonight. We bundle up a bit more and drink warm beverages. Tea, bone broth hot chocolate, coffee... this is the epitome of autumn.

Walking outside to collect eggs or get the mail, a sweater over long sleeves isn't quite enough warmth already. As I walked back down the driveway, I wrapped my sweater around myself as the brisk breeze blew past me. I looked out at this view, and thought of all the foraging we have done this past summer and into the fall. It is magical to see the changes in the forest floor with the different seasons. The fungi sprouting up, the leaves falling, and decomposing, the first freeze, the first few snowflakes, sometimes life happens so fast we don't stop to see those changes.

During homeschool, we did a creative art project where we collected colorful leaves, grabbed a sheet of paper, drew out a tree trunk, covered the leaf area in glue, and crumbled the leaves onto the glue. Pointing out the textures, colors, learning about what makes the leaves change to the colors that they do, it's amazing to see the seasons through children's eyes.

Slippers on my feet, fingers wrapped around a warm mug, diffuser pumping out glorious smells of fall, with pumpkins decorating my house, being warm and cozy while my babies are cozy doing their schoolwork, seeing the stacks of wood lined up to keep us warm for the winter, making hot, homemade meals for them, this is what I live for. I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers (Anne of Green Gables anyone?)!

I hope I can inspire you to love autumn the way I do. There's nothing like it.