A damp chilly fall October day - a prescription for "winterizing" the home. That means storing the spring/summer furniture, collecting and storing the thousand feet of hose, cleaning the gutters of leaves, lighting the fireplace pilots and testing them and verifying the setback on the thermostat.
The mosaic of orange, yellow, red, and brown background make the oustide work enjoyable. Inside the early test of the fireplace warmth makes the house feel cozy and invites a hot cup of coffee to relax with after the chores are done. Fall is my favorite time of year.
Even though nature is hunkering down for the winter, the transition is beautiful.