Happiness on a Cool Autumn Morning

As I’ve shared before, I love autumn in Upstate New York. It’s been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember.

imageToday, “Happiness” is the cooler morning air and the chance to use the cinnamon and clove stuffed teacup rest my mother gave me as a gift, to hold my oversized autumn mug filled with a double dose of steaming, honey-sweetened “Pumpkin Spice Chai” Tazo Tea.image

The simple pleasures mean so much in a busy, time-driven life, and this is one of my favorite ways to just stop for a minute and breathe. ❤

What are some of yours? Please share in the comments (I’m always looking for new ways to decompress for a few minutes!)

Happy Friday, everyone!

2 thoughts on “Happiness on a Cool Autumn Morning

  1. Fall means firewood. We heat with a wood stove. It’s been an experience since we built the house 30 years ago. It used to take 4 cords for the winter. That’s 4 stacks 4 ft. by 4 ft. by 8 ft. or 2 fully loaded dump trucks. I used to move it all from where it was dropped in our driveway to the back yard wood bin by wheel barrow. Yeah, crazy. But I was so much younger then, I’m older than that now (thank you The Byrds). After 25 years the original wood stove was replaced and wood use was cut in half. We also added a small tractor and cart that made the now 2 cords move to the wood bin with far less effort. But then again I’m so much older now…

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    • That’s amazing, that a new wood stove can cut wood consumption so much. And I’d say it’s not that you’re older, Mike, it must be that you’re wiser…using the tools available to make carting all that wood more efficient! 🙂

      I used to help my father cut firewood and found the experience to be very satisfying (though hard work). I’ve always enjoyed outdoor physical activity, and having that curtailed by living in the suburbs has been something I’ve always disliked.

      When I was growing up, we heated the old Homestead with a wood-burning furnace. When I was around14 my mother went back to work outside the home for the first time in a few decades (there were too many children to care for prior to that!), so the house was empty during the day except for the pets. I remember as a high-schooler getting off the school bus, trudging up the driveway, and heading into the basement to stoke the furnace with some wood to boost the heat.

      There is something wonderful about wood fires and fall. Thanks for the comment, Mike! 🙂

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