Hooray for Fall!

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Hooray for Fall!

Still not buying it? I don't blame you. But it's not as if I'm asking you to believe I said this:

Here at Small Works we don't wait eagerly for the Autumnal Equinox, planning a day of special observances or celebrations. (You may have already gathered that, if you and I have ever met.)

But never underestimate the power
of a great junk sale to transform lives
and improve moods!

Because Junk Bonanza (previous post) yielded
a special treat for all of us, one which could
put an end forever to my complaining about Fall . . .

But before we unveil it,
allow me a moment for an editorial response . . .

Whenever I have complained about Fall in the past, I have been immediately bombarded with disappointment mail (disappointment mail is much kinder than hate mail, but still gets its point across) from the multitude of Fall lovers out there.

I feel it important to clarify at this time that I do not actually hate Fall per se, but rather am discomfited by what the coming of Fall represents . . . descending darkness. There are those of us in the world who rely on the sun for that extra boost that gets us (and keeps us) out of bed every day. And when the sun diminishes, the desire to be a functioning person fades as well.

Yes, leaves are beautiful. Yes, Halloween is fun (and tasty). Yes, Fall means the Winter Holidays are just a hop, skip and jump away (a realization which is a mixed bag in and of itself, but we will save that for future discussion.)

So if you do not suffer from a variety of sun-related psychiatric challenges, and if you are not staring down the barrel of yet another Winter in Minnesota, and if you do not have to be ready for a show in Chicago even before you're ready for Christmas, please do not be disappointed in my less-than-enthusiastic welcoming of Fall. Just click merrily away to play in the leaf piles and meet me again when my Fall rant is over. Thank you.

And now . . . a new book!
Acquired just in the life-saving nick of time
courtesy of Junk Bonanza:

Please note that I am aware that today is not September 23, but the book is not aware.

Good things to eat are, I admit, one of the great things about Fall! And in Hinckleyville one of our favorite autumn treats is this:

Marvelous Molasses Cookies

2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves (if desired)
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup molasses

Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients. Roll dough in balls, roll balls in sugar. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Which reminds me -- certain fiber artists ESPECIALLY have work to do . . . so I guess I'd better get to it.

But rest assured that we'll be celebrating a full calendar of Fall Holidays together this year, my friends (including, but not limited to, Fire Prevention Week and Book Week!)

Breathless with excitement? Me too.

Sorry about your reluctance to embrace Fall? Me too, sort of.

So let's hear it again . . . this time with feeling:

Hip, Hip Hooray for Fall!


luanne said...

sign me up for the "discomfited by descending darkness" society. i'm a lifelong night-dreader, but it sounds much more civilized the way you describe it.

i'm not a fan of fall... except for thanksgiving dinner (which i even actually cook). but i'll cope by turning lights on everywhere for the next 6 months. and by sewing & making stuff, the next best therapy to sunshine.

Allie said...

Susan, as usual, you've described my feelings exactly, but much more succinctly than I could. I don't get as much snow as you do, but the cold and darkness is bad. Do you take Vitamin D? Trust me, it makes a world of difference. I'm stocking up already - last winter was actually bearable for me. But you must take enough of it. I went by the guidelines in The Vitamin D Cure, by an author who's name escapes me at the moment- I do remember he heads the Arthritis Center here in MI.

susan m hinckley said...

I'm so glad to know there are sympathetic fellow sufferers out there! I'd like to know more about the Vitamin D thing, Allie -- anything is worth a try. I'm going to do a little research on that. And LuAnne, I too am a lifelong night-dreader! I disagree with you, because I love the way you just described it! "Night-dreader" is going to become a new staple in my vocabulary.

Pam said...

Susan thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. It made me laugh. James Dowd MD is the author of the Vitamin D cure.He has researched some very, very interesting outcomes. I must get the book. I enjoyed your post.As in the quote you featured, I too would like to chase Autumn around the world, and try to choose this time of year to travel. Germany in Autumn was my favourite.I liked your vintage texts and pictures. Growing up in Australia our school readers often featured British or American texts, as we scratched our heads over squirrels,cowboys,Christopher Robin, badgers, Hiawatha,snow,"Fall" and butter-cupped meadows, and "our noble queen" -things in distant lands that none could afford to visit.Those texts bought it all back!

VO said...

I am not afraid, I will admit disliking fall. Course this isn't my blog so I won't be getting disappointing email. Fall means, wind, high-pressure, migraines and cold, plus that danged descending darkness.
I'd like a dose of spring please.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for your honesty, VO -- Dislikers of Fall, Unite!

susan m hinckley said...

Oops! Actually, that was not Lindsay, it was Susan (didn't remember Lindsay had been using my computer) But I'm willing to bet Lindsay isn't much of a fall lover either. It's genetic.

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