Friday, October 20, 2006
There comes a time in fall, when it is very clear to me that there is no turning back. At least for a while. The weather is chilly now, will turn colder, and will get downright frosty before it gets warm again.
That time has come. It has to do with turning on the heat every day. Seeing all the sparkled gold, deep red and dazzling orange leaves swirling about in the wind. Walking outside and noticing the sweet smell of burning wood, because at least one person has their fireplace or wood burning stove going. Changing my closet from summer to winter. Cleaning all my wool blankets and putting them back on my bed with warm flannel sheets. Oh, and the end of Daylight Savings Time! That's a big one and happening next week.
But for me, one of the surest signs of cold weather is the change of food. Buying apple cider and warming it up with cinnamon sticks. I go to the grocery store and my mindset has changed. I'm buying canned pumpkin to make pumpkin bread or muffins. I buy yeast to bake bread. And the biggest change of all..
I switch from cold cereal to warm cereal. No more buying granola cereal and using cold milk. This morning, I officially ate my last cold cereal until late Spring. Now it's time for oatmeal, and in my case the store brand of Cream of Wheat, "Creamy Wheat", and maybe some grits for a treat. Yes, I've made the switch and there is no turning back.
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