Fall is here! We have had some hot, dry weather on through September, but the past few mornings, I have noticed a nip in the air that foreshadows cooler days to come. This is the time of year that sends words from the Psalms spinning through my brain and praises falling from my lips when the beauty all around won’t let me hold it in! And why should I hold it in? We were created for worship! (Psalm 150: “Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the the strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”)
Here are a few of my favorite charms of the season:
- That first morning when you can see your breath on the air when you walk outside.
- The gorgeous nights with a bright harvest moon…and those stars!
- Cotton! I love the smell of cotton in the air and the white sea of cotton bolls in the fields ready for harvest.
- Pumpkins. Any kind are nice. I like all the varieties and using them to decorate. This year I will be using mostly wooden pumpkins, but I love the real thing even more. Carving pumpkins was a fall tradition growing up and I have always cherished the times I got to do this with my own kids. Anything pumpkin-flavored is always awesome too!
- Hayrides and fall festivals.
- That first pot of chili of the season!
- Seeing my family enjoy football. (I’m just not that girl, but I like listening while I do something else and seeing them get all worked up!)
- Leaves! The stunning reds, oranges, yellows and browns are something I look forward to every year.
- Gourds, mums, corn stalks, hay bales and all the “standard” things used for fall decorating.
- Fall trips!
Speaking of fall decorating, I should mention that while we were getting ready for the craft fair, my house didn’t get too much attention. I was doing good to get meals on the table and the dishes done with laundry thrown in when I had a chance. You know, just staying a step or two ahead of the health department shutting us down. But now, as I slow my pace a little, I am ready to get things back in order and do a bit of fall decorating. I love fall decorations. Maybe even more than Christmas decorations. And since I laid claim to a few pieces that didn’t sell at the craft fair, I have some new things! I kept some pumpkins of various sizes and a cute fall sign I painted, and the first order of business was to get my mantle decorated.
Fall decorating doesn’t have to cost a lot! While I do enjoy getting new things sometimes, I love it even better when I can use things I already have and arrange them in different ways to make it look pretty. The dollar stores usually have some cute stuff too if you keep an eye out. This year, I centered my “Every Fall, I Fall For You” sign, propped against a big white mirror that I leave up year-around. Then, I placed 4×4 block pumpkins on either end, added a pitcher of flowers made from sugar can leaves at one end and a scented candle on the other, then arranged the two halves of a 10 year old swag I had cut in two and it was done! Nothing elaborate, but enough to bring a little autumn into our living room.
The pitcher I used on the mantle came from Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville, Georgia.
When I think of Mark of the Potter, I think of fall get-away destinations. My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on October 6th, and since we were married in the fall, we love to find good places to go at this time of year. Here are a few shots of “Mark of the Potter”, with some of the unique things you can find there.
Clarkesville, home of Mark of the Potter, is near Helen, GA, which is a great get-away destination for fall! Below is a picture of Helen in the fall. I love the Alpine feel of Helen!
There are cabins for rent on the outskirts, as well as hotel accommodations and Unicoi State Park Lodge is also a good place to stay. (They have a breakfast buffet that is out of this world for a reasonable price. Even if you don’t stay at the State Park Lodge, it is the best breakfast in town.) There also some beautiful waterfalls in the area, and in the summer you can tube down the river.
They also have lots of shops and some good places to eat. There are several options if you enjoy German food, but our favorite place to eat in Helen is Paul’s Steakhouse.
Clarkesville is only a hop, skip and a jump from Helen, and we enjoy stopping in anytime we’re in the area. It’s a little off the beaten path, but not too far, with a scenic drive. The Old Sautee Store is another interesting stop along the way.
Going back to the mantle, the sugar cane flowers came from a panhandler in Savannah. We bought some flowers and took his picture, then later realized that he was standing in front of a sign that said “No Panhandling” in the photo. That’s just how we roll! In our defense, we had already bought the flowers…and paid for a song from another man by the time we noticed the signs!
This was while we were on another fall vacation. We stayed on Tybee Island, but visited Savannah, which is only a short drive away.
The lighthouse at Tybee Island.
A boat passing by in Savannah Riverfront District.
Whether at home or enjoying a vacation spot, there are so many things to love about fall! I hope you get a chance to take some time and enjoy the season!