i can feel it creeping in. slow and steady. the last of the leaves are falling. there is an undeniable chill in the air. darkness falls earlier and earlier. i am ready to light the fireplace. warm cups of tea, cider, and coffee are in abundance. i am parking in the garage again. every so often there is a glimpse of tiny white flakes blowing on the breeze. the time has come for snuggling up under cozy blankets. although i may regret it come march, i am ready to welcome winter and say goodbye to the final days of autumn.