Leaving summer behind: The joys of autumn

The crispness of autumn is here!


SAN DIEGO. September 20, 2016– The crispness of autumn is here!

Beginning in the United States September 22 this year, Fall continues until the advent of the winter solstice in December.

As the sun progressively sets earlier, temperatures become noticeably cooler.

According to Wikipedia, the word autumn originated with the Etruscans, and later was adopted by the Romans.

The word “fall” became popular through the colonization of British colonists in North America.

The words autumn and fall are both acceptable descriptions for this beautiful season profuse with natural colors of red and gold.

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows

Many American traditions begin in the fall such as football, basketball, television series, start of a new school year, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more.

Autumnal traditions bring people together to share and enjoy them in a warm, cozy way.

Autumn is a time to get closer to simplicities of hearth and home.

Falling in the Fall-The Joys of Autumn Romance, written by Betty Russell, she suggests that autumn is a time to experience short days and long nights nesting or hibernating with loved ones, taking walks, holding hands, staying home to cook, sharing a roaring fire heighten the fall experience.


Simple Joys of Autumn

“Watching little brown and green geckos
on the screen in the afternoon.
A lemon turning yellow on the tree.
Running through dappled forest trails
with my love and dog.
Clean sheets after a shower.
Bringing my love a cup of coffee in
the morning.
A snug reading corner.
The perfect sweater.
A cool breeze after a hot summer.”
-Emily Richey, The Gallivant

There is an abundance of fun outdoor activities to experience in autumn.

Real Simple offers several suggestions for rounding out the experience:

-Go apple picking.

-Go leaf-peeping

-Ride in a hot-air balloon

-Go for a hike

-Rent a cabin in the mountains

-Drive in the Country

-Plant bulbs for next spring

-Buy winter squash and Brussels sprouts at a farmer’s market

-Carve your own pumpkin

-Get spooked in a haunted house

-Celebrate Oktoberfest

-Host a potluck for Thanksgiving

-Tour a winery

-Breathe the crisp cool air

-Begin Christmas shopping

-Remember what you are thankful for

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, replete with falling leaves signaling the beginning of the holiday season.

It is also an ideal time for reflection in advance of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, planning and celebrating.

Enjoy the first day of autumn this year taking delight in its glorious splendor!

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

-Elizabeth Lawrence

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at www.atyourhomefamilycare.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atyourhomefamilycare, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare