Saturday, September 26, 2009

Autumn Aromas

Happy Saturday afternoon, everybody. Boy, is it that late already? Why does time seem to fly by faster and faster the older you get?

Well, I am sad to say I didn't make Pagan Pride Day today. I really DID want to get there, to be part of something again, but things don't always go the way we want them to. Now to get there I would have to take the subway to the stop I get off to go to work, then make a transfer and go back downtown. Yesterday as I waited rather 'impatiently' for my train (which, for some reason is always late on Friday), I read a sign that said "No trains stopping at this station from 12 am on 9/26 through 12 am on 9/28. They then go on to tell you that if you need to get off at that station or make a transfer, you must go UPTOWN to take the same train back DOWNTOWN.

Well, that did it for me. There would be no Pagan Pride Day. For those who don't know me, I suffer from fybromyalgia and arthritis of the spine. Every day my trip to work is an adventure. So, it's not something I want to go through on the weekend. I did get out, though. I went to buy myself a pair of shoes. I got what I needed, but I realized that somewhere along the line I stopped enjoying shopping for myself. I guess that's good in a way. I have had enough addictions in my life...I don't need to add shopping as one of them.

It's a beautiful day here...sunny, cool in the lower 60's, with a slight fall breeze. What a wonderful day to be alive. But I noticed that, so far, autumn seems to have forgotten us here in Brooklyn, New York. The flowers are blooming, the trees are just as green as on a mid-summer's day. No matter where I looked, I couldn't find a colored leaf on the ground. Now, how sad is that!!! But, in any case, it's not so hard to bring autumn into your home. Even us city-dwellers can do it.

If you are like me and love the spicy, aromatic scents of autumn, you will be pleased to know that you don't have to spend a fortune; there are many simple and inexpensive ways to fill the home with autumn's crisp aromas. Scented potpourri is available in many of fall's favorites...including cinimmon, apple, and pumpkin scents. Potpourri containers can be placed in full view or hidden in inconspicous places if all you want is the scent.

Air fresheners can be purchased in aerosal sprays, solids, and plug-ins. I'm not as fond of these, but I always keep them on hand. I don't know if it is me or what, but even these sprays that are advertised to last for hours, seem to disappear in a matter of minutes.

I do love my spicy scented candles. I think I had mentioned in an earlier post that I buy up at least a dozen holiday candles to keep year round...expecially in my kitchen. Who can resist the smell of homemade gingerbread cookies or apple pie? And, many a person has been fooled upon entering my home. I do love my apple cider so on the cooler days, it's not uncommon to find some simmering on my stove with some cloves and cinammon sticks.

Well, gotta go. Time to light some candles.


  1. I love it when the autumn air has that smokey smell (but then again, I'm not asthmatic!) Thanks for printing out what was on that plaque in yesterday's post. All is now clear!

  2. I'm sorry to hear you didn't make it out to Pagan Pride. I forced myself to go today and to be honest, it was a disappointment. There wasn't very much to see. Just a few booths selling cheap jewelry and homemade incense. Overpriced, of course. And there were a couple vendors selling salad dressings and cooking oils. There weren't many pagans there either. In all, it was very low-key and nothing extraordinary. I guess I was expecting something really big because this is NYC after all and I just figured if anywhere, this would be the hotbed of alternative culture. Not true, as I'm realizing more and more each day. But the weather was really wonderful and I had a good time just sitting on a bench in Battery Park and looking out at the water, watching people excitedly board the ferries to take them to Ellis Island.

    P.S. Oh, I KNOW what you mean regarding the rerouting of the subway lines! I didn't even know this until today since I don't take it often but YIKES. Stupid construction updates. I actually wanted to go to Brooklyn this weekend to visit some friends but decided to wait the transportation issues are resolved. Which I think should be after the 1st week of October. UGH. Annoying!!