Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn At Our Porch

Today is the first time it has rained on this parched land in over five months.  The smell of rain kissing the dry earth is beyond heavenly.  Morning chores are done, and the smell of brewed coffee fills the quiet house before the rest of the family wakes up.  If you were here, we would slip on sweaters for the first time this season, hug a mug of steamy coffee or tea to warm our hands, and we would sit on my porch, drinking in the sight, smell, and sound of this first rain.  Autumn has finally come!

We would sit between the mums and I might bring the partially-finished cowl and crochet hook out to appease the yarn mania that consumes my thoughts this time of year.

I have Trader Joe's to thank for the mums and autumn wreath, and I might mention how I want to grow those little pumpkin things next year that I don't know the name of.

The two hay bales I accidentally bought for the sheep instead of alfalfa after a sleepless night with a teething baby found a new home outside the front door.  I have plans for them year-round and I might babble on about what we'll do with them for each season.

After a night of prowling and hunting moles before they hibernate for the winter, the kitties would rest on the bale closest to us, all cuddled together for warmth in a huddle.

We would chat a bit, or maybe even just sit in silence to let the rain do all the talking. Then I would remember the apple corer/peeler/slicer that was delivered over the weekend and the bushel of apples waiting to be processed.  We would venture back indoors to serve breakfast to the family, prepare the older children for school, and start Apple Day with the two littles.  You would be welcomed to stay and help or just sit and keep me company, or I would send you on your way with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread that just came out of the oven.

Except no one actually comes a'callin' at five o'clock in the morning.
It would be fun, though.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to enjoy the rain with my coffee and crochet for a small moment before the children wake up and breakfast finishes baking.

I'm sharing this at Simple Lives Thursday.


  1. Lovely post! This is my favorite time of year, the weather is amazing, the colors are beautiful and the anticipation of thanksgiving and Christmas coming fill me with excitement....

  2. I stumbled across your blog when you lived in the trailer and I am still with you. I do love food and recipes and food posts but, it is a real treat when you let us in on your day to day life. It is fun to see and feel a little snapshot of your home. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You paint a beautiful picture with your words, Mrs. Riddle. You, Jeremy and your family are an inspiration of what true family love looks like. Thank you. <3

  4. I would love to see you again and spend the morning peeling apples and listening to the rain...:) Sounds like a great start to a day!!

  5. You make being a Mommy of 5 sound so peaceful and relaxing. Thanks for sharing and encouraging!

  6. Man I wish I could have been there at 5am :D Are you doing a day like this on a day off of mine maybe next week?? haha

  7. I would definitely come calling at 5am. I am up then anyway! Lovely look at the home life.

  8. those little pumpkin things are called 'pumpkin on a stick' and are a type of eggplant I do believe. We tried growing them here in Oklahoma, but didn't have much luck. ;)

  9. Ah, thank you! I must see if they are hardy in zone 9. :)


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