Don't waste the sunshine

Are you flipping out over this amazing weather? And how perfectly it coincides with MEA?!?


A couple neighbor kids swung by to return a pumpkin of ours that had rolled down into their yard and they were positively triumphant, reporting on a newly renovated park nearby and their plans to see the Lego Ninjago movie and how often they feed the fish at school. 

We are trying to make the most of this weather. Tomorrow's high is 75, and Sunday looks cooler but sunny -- ideal scarf weather. The maples are in their prime! 

Yesterday Maria walked all the way from my parents' house to ours and then back -- a two-mile roundtrip that she drew a map of -- stopping periodically to jump in leaves and to journal at Oakwood Park.  

We returned to Oakwood in the evening to kick the soccer ball around, enjoy an al fresco bedtime snack and watch the sun set. 


I keep thinking of Nathaniel Hawthorne's admonition:

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." 




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Last October I blogged about our National Park Pendleton blanket and vintage picnic basket, and one year later, they still make me so happy! So does the rust-colored cable-knit set Jane's godmother bought her in Ireland. My heart does a little flutter every autumn when I retrieve it. 



 Christina Ries is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three young children in Inver Grove Heights. Write her at