So quickly we're moving from food preservation season to indoor crafty time. The pantry is stocked with several dozen jars of strawberry jam, raspberry jam, rhubarb grapefruit jam, and even some South Carolina peach jam that I'm saving till the desperate days of February. There are jars of tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted tomato puree in the pantry, and a few too many bags of whole tomatoes cluttering up the freezer, along with several quarts of grated zucchini, steamed peas and kale, and pureed cauliflower.
We seem to get a classic beautiful autumn day surrounded by several days of gloom, freezing rain, and yes, even snow. After making clay sculptures and shrinky-dinks (!), (and the children each getting a new autumn hat), we dug out our outerwear from the cedar closet and proceeded to have a giant snowball fight and build a pretty darn good little snowman.
I couldn't seem to get a decent picture of Miel because all she really wanted to do was meow like a cat and lie facedown to eat the snow.
It's a little daunting when winter starts in October. I can't help but click through the months in my mind...um, yeah, that would be at least 5 months of winter. But this part of the year feels sweet. Returning indoors. Returning to cozy crafting (with the children at an age where they can really enjoy their own crafting and help a bit with cleanup). Slowing down, getting to bed earlier, sleeping later.
Most of all, it is returning into ourselves. In Chinese medicine, winter is the most yin time, the deepest, darkest, quietest night of the soul. We replenish from having spent all our yang energy in the summer, eat warming foods, and go deep within. It's a time to dive deep into the heart. We're on a journey, friends. I'm ready to go deep this season. Are you with me?