It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the summer ends and suddenly it’s autumn. One day it’s still quite warm, then one day we wake and there is that familiar nip in the air. That quiet signal from nature, that cool barely perceptible little breeze that whispers, fall is on it’s way. I found this leaf walking my youngest down the driveway to catch the school bus. One of the first to fall, almost perfect and a warm crimson. It has sprouted from its’ wintry cocoon, worked hard all summer to fuel the tree, put on fall attire for it’s final act and then released itself from the tree to fall to the ground. Cycle of life. Hope and promise for another spring. We take our cues from nature, time to button up, prepare for the days and busy seasons ahead. We make our homes cozy. Warm and delicious smells waft from the kitchen. Time to pull out the sweaters, go outside and take in all the glorious last colors and the best October has to offer.