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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” John Muir

Once the kids go back to school and we settle back into a regular schedule of homework, football, soccer and cheerleading practice and other after school activities the days seem to run into each other. Our calendars fill up and we are on the move racing towards the last quarter of the year. Before you know it the holiday season will be in full swing!

Colorado Springs always seems to have a short autumn, just today on a walk through the neighborhood I noticed just how many leaves had come down since the windy days of last week. I also noticed how incredibly golden our autumn is this year! According to National Geographic, the summer drought across the country is the reason our leaves look especially brilliant this year. Fall wreaths, baskets of colorful mums, and pumpkins decorate porches and everywhere there are kids jumping and playing in piles of leaves. Which also means those piles of leaves need to be raked and bagged eventually. This week Colorado’s ski season officially opened when Arapahoe Basin opened the first chair on Wednesday. So even though winter is months away we know it’s right around the corner.

Is your house ready for winter?

Most likely you’ve already begun winterizing your homes…we started a few weeks ago when there was an early freeze but there are other home maintenance chores that sometimes get overlooked.

  • Have you scheduled an appointment for your yearly furnace maintenance or for the do-it-yourselfer’s have you ran through your yearly checklist?
  • Have you had your cooling systems winterized and the sprinkler system blown out?
  • When was the last time you had your fireplace cleaned and your chimney inspected?
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Consider scheduling your pre-holiday carpet or home cleaning early this year.
  • Now’s the time to check windows and doors for air leaks and get them filled.
  • If you garden have you done or scheduled the last cleanup?

Remember that September and October is the time to plant spring bulbs in Colorado Springs so there’s  just a couple of weeks left if you want daffodils, tulips, narcissus and crocus blooming next spring at your house!

And when all is scheduled or completed and your home feels ready for winter get out there and enjoy our short golden autumn! The grocery stores are filling their shelves with some seasonal favorites: caramel and candy apples, apple cider, butternut squash and sugar pumpkins. Comfort foods and thick hearty soups sound good for dinner, especially with the shorter days and the windy nights. And in every coffee shop pumpkin spice lattes are featured. And we all know how popular they are some coffee chains are reporting shortages of pumpkin spice latte mix! What are your favorite autumn foods? Do you have a seasonal recipe that you can’t wait to make? And how will you celebrate the season this year?