Autumn is becoming a little crisper as October progresses. We’re having beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s now, with a frost advisory in effect for this weekend. It’s time to bring out the Autumn Comforts.
I love autumn. It’s my favorite time of year and I could go on and on about it. It’s probably the only time of year I get a little domesticated and bring out all those things that make this time of year a little comfier, a little more homey.
A quilt is the first thing that gets brought out of storage when the leaves begin turning colors. Growing up, there was always a quilt on my bed made by my grandmother or mother. The oldest ones were all done by hand, from the first seam to the final quilting, and were mostly made from leftover scraps of material of clothing they had worn or made. It was not uncommon to find a mix of textures within the quilt, like denim, flannel, and cotton. I remember one in particular that was made all in flannel. Wrapping myself in that quilt made me feel so warm and safe. I felt like I was the luckiest girl on earth to have it gracing my bed.
Chilly nights sitting around watching TV call for a cup of hot chocolate. And if marshmallows are in it, even better! When I was a kid, we made it from scratch with a mixture of cocoa and sugar, but now I gravitate toward the sugar-free instant variety. It’s still good. Hot and chocolatey, it warms the belly and feels like a comfort.
While I’m wrapped up in a quilt, drinking hot chocolate, and watching TV, I’ve usually got my hands busy with something, and a lot of times that is crochet or knitting. Scarves are my specialty (they’re easy). My preference is to make something without a pattern, all one kind of stitch so I don’t have to think about it. I’ve lost count of the scarves I’ve made over the years. Some I’ve sold, but most I gave away. There are many acrylic yarns I like for their softness and ease of washing, but there’s also nothing like having a scarf made of alpaca yarn wrapped around my neck. And it keeps the chill from sneaking inside my coat on a windy day.
When I’m thinking of Autumn Comfort, nothing speaks to me more about that than food. Cold air outside and a warm kitchen inside is one of the ultimate comforts. The blend of spices from pumpkin pie filling every crevice and corner of the house. The aroma of beef stew with carrots, potatoes, and onions simmering quietly in the slow cooker. It is so soothing to the senses. And who wouldn’t feel comforted by the decadent scent of banana bread with walnuts, freshly baked and cooling on the rack.
No home would be complete without a stack of books waiting to be read while the wind blows through the drying leaves outside. Many an hour I’ve spent lost in another time and place through words on a page. Whether it be romance, mystery, or a little chick lit, it’s all good to me. I would put on my thickest, softest socks, snuggle under the quilt, and escape within the pages. Comfort at its most luxurious.
Autumn is the time I treasure for surrounding myself with all things that bring me comfort. What brings you comfort during autumn?