I still haven't replaced my camera, which is why I haven't posted in a while. Nothing irritates me like taking low quality photos, much less blogging with them. But I'm going to post some anyway, because I want to show you the gloriousness of Autumn in KC, where I may have found my heart's true home. NYC was too urban for someone like me, a dreamy nature lover. And Austin, while brimming with natural beauty, is just too hot most of the year, and doesn't offer the seasonal spectacle of divine and moody Autumn days. But KC, oh my. I'm constantly beguiled by it, and falling further in love with this city every day, heck, every minute.
It doesn't hurt that I'm living in a house where I can look outside and see all manner of creatures from squirrels and rabbits to raccoons and possums. I've heard tell of foxes as well but have yet to see any myself.
I do miss the mockingbirds, house finches, and grackles, which were so plentiful in my East Austin neighborhood, but I'm excited to explore this new birdy environment in Brookside. Daily, my feeders attract black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, finches, Northern Cardinals, tufted titmice, white-winged doves, and jays. During walks, I've spied on fat robins, many many murders of gossiping crows (A wise person will be respectful and sheepish around them), and several terrifying hawks that glared back at me beady-eyed from their choice posts, usually atop the highest points on churches and three-story houses, which, I think, lends them a gargoylish air.
And then there are the trees and their palette of colors in green, yellow, orange, brown, salmon, purple, and deep, blood red. What is it about Autumn? I think seeing everything dying around you makes a person feel more alive and eager to savor every last moment. At least that's what it does to me, hence why it's my favorite season.
Here are some of the glorious trees in our yard. I've had so much fun raking all these lovely leaves.
(I apologize for the picture quality. I've been a very good girl this year, so Santa will definitely be bringing me a new DSLR camera, probably even before Christmas.)
And some of the trees from my walks . . .
And, of course, you know that I always have to bring a bit of the outside inside.
The cats are enjoying getting to really be outside for the first time since they were kittens in Iowa. It's bringing out the inner Wild Things in these two old ladies. They're both 16.
And I'm enjoying some new experiences, too . . . like getting to shop for antique furniture. Shane has agreed that these old houses don't mix well with our modern furniture. So, I get to pick out gorgeous old (new to me) stuff for this house, and someday we'll build a little high-tech cabin in Iowa for our modern things. ;)
Here are a couple of French pieces from the Paris Flee Market here in Brookside.
As Autumn winds down, I'm full of thoughts of change, as I've had so much of it lately. I still enjoy this blog, so once I get my new camera, I plan to keep it up. But I'm working on a couple of new projects, too, ones that will hopefully challenge me in new ways. More later. xo