life of di.

the ramblings of a wife, mommy, foodie, runner and follower of Christ.

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.

Slowly but surely I’m crossing things off of my fall bucket list. What have we done so far?

I’ve put up some fall decorations, enjoyed some candy corn pumpkins, baked pumpkin bread, slurped festive coffee and enjoyed kettle corn with Marty at the pumpkin patch!

The weather was unfortunately too cold and dreary for the Circleville Pumpkin Festival last weekend but we made up for it by going apple picking this afternoon!

Have you been apple picking this season? 

I’ll leave you with this beautiful poem by one of the greatest…

After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the water-trough,
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and reappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin
That rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking; I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall,
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised, or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.

More autumn posts you may find enjoyable…
Movies that used to scare me as a child

21 comments on “Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.

  1. P
    November 9, 2013

    Your fall bucket list is adorable. I can’t wait to run my local Turkey Trot!

  2. Corrie Anne
    November 4, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the poem. Perfect.

  3. Holly J
    November 4, 2013

    OMG, I wrote such a long paper on this poem. I think my thesis of it was that it was about unobtained dreams.

  4. kerrycooks
    October 31, 2013

    Lovely poem and pictures too

  5. moderngirlnutrition
    October 30, 2013

    Honestly I get excited when it’s a new season because I can see your bucket/to-do list haha! I love them

    • di @ life of di.
      October 30, 2013

      Aw :) Well thank you! I enjoy writing them. Be on the lookout for my winter bucket list right after Thanksgiving next month!

  6. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    October 30, 2013

    Thanks for the lovely poem! Robert Frost is my very favorite, and I had forgotten about that one.

  7. Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    October 29, 2013

    Somehow I missed the Hocus Pocus watching the first time I read your list! That would be one of mine on your scary movie list from your childhood.

    Apple picking looks so fun! Looking forward to pictures of your apple pie that you make with them :)

    • di @ life of di.
      November 3, 2013

      Marty and I watched Hocus Pocus on Halloween and discussed how scary it truly is for little kids. Honestly, he even jumped at the scene where Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) is hiding in Dani’s (the little sister) bed. CREEPY.

      Be on the lookout for my apple pie pictures – I’m hoping to make one tonight :)

  8. caileejoy
    October 28, 2013

    Ohh I love apple picking!! Almost as much as I LOVE fresh apples! YUM seems like a ton of fun :)

  9. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life
    October 28, 2013

    I love your bucket list! I never think to make one, and then am always disappointed when I don’t do nearly as many “fall” things as I’d like! Maybe I’ll have to make one for winter – my second favorite season of the year!

    • di @ life of di.
      October 28, 2013

      You should definitely do a winter one! It helps to remind me what there is to do to each season. Otherwise I always end up forgetting and Marty and I end up going to the same restaurant over and over for date night! :) Looking forward to reading your winter list!!

  10. Brittany
    October 28, 2013

    AH this is the ONE activity I haven’t done yet that I MUST do…I wonder if I can still find some in time before October is over!! What a blast!

  11. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    October 28, 2013

    I SO want to go apple picking some day. I love your photos! Just beautiful!

  12. Faith Fitness and Laughter
    October 28, 2013

    I have never been apple picking, but it looks like a lot of fun! :)

  13. Life After Swimming
    October 28, 2013

    I have always wanted to go apple picking. This looks like the perfect day to me! :)

  14. IHeartVegetables
    October 27, 2013

    Nice job on your bucket list!!! :) That’s so awesome you’re doing so many fall activities :) And I LOVE YOUR SWEATER! It’s so cute!

  15. Cassie
    October 27, 2013

    I’m super inspired by your list and I think I’m going to make an “End of the Year Bucket List” and totally copy you. LOVE THIS. You’re adorable, picking apples is adorable.

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