September is such a glorious time of leaves turning colors, seed pods, harvesting the last fruits of the season, and yes, preparing for winter in many parts of the United States. Despite the fact we in the south are still going to the beach and the lake, we too feel the passing of the season of summer.
In the book “All Year Round,” the authors write,”The equinoctial point is soon passed and the earth begins to inhale on long, mighty breath towards winter, drawing the sun’s fire downward to set the leaves aflame and cook the fruit to perfection.” It is a time of drawing strength, and the meteor showers and the season of Michaelmas comes upon us to remind us we have the power to slay and subdue dragons. The season of Michaelmas has always been one of my favorites.
This month, we are celebrating:
- September 5 – Labor Day
- September 8 – The Nativity of St. Mary, the Theotokos
- September 21 Autumn Equinox and the Feast of St. Matthew
- September 29 Feast of St. Michael and All Angels
There are also many other Anglican and Orthodox Saints that I hope to celebrate this month, at least by reading something to the children!
- The seasonal table is transitioning to yellows with dried flowers, seed pods, bunches of oats or wheat or corn that are dried, cornucopias, nuts, acorns, leaves and little “helicopters.”
- I am going through and taking stock of fall and winter clothes and purging what we do not need.
- Fall menu planning – a time of chili, soup, stew, warming dishes
- Crafting – I have been making a doll for our second grader’s Christmas present, and I have some new window stars made during last month’s solar eclipse. I have some autumn crafting ideas on my Pinterest board, but I think I am going to start with Michaelmas crafts and autumn lanterns as I feel very pulled toward that this year.
- On a more somber note, there are large storms brewing out in the Atlantic as I write this, and my region of the country is feeling compressed between storms and the flooding of Houston, TX. Many people there have lost their homes and everything they had. I am thinking of my Texas readers and holding them in my heart. For the region in which I live our major threats are also hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. So, gathering up emergency supplies and having things readily available in case of a need to evacuate is always a good thing, and I am getting ready to go through our supplies again.
- I planned all of my annual check-ups/preventative care in August prior to starting school again. However, if you haven’t done these check-ups yet, September, the month of new beginnings and school starting in many parts of the United States, could be a good time to do this simply because it is easy to remember!
- I am working on skin care. Sometimes the older I get, my skin becomes less glowing in the fall after days at the lake in summer.
- Exercise! With the falling of the sun and the lessening of daylight hours, it is even more important to get exercise in.
Well, tenth, seventh , and second grade are zooming along. We are ending our second week of school. Our tenth grader has three classes outside the home plus Waldorf blocks and other subjects with me. We began with math review for seventh and tenth grade, and a mini-block on the life of Buddha, a look at The Silk Road (seventh grade), the Tibetan Diaspora (tenth grade) and a reading of Hesse’s “Siddhartha.” We will be heading into separated blocks soon that will be the Renaissance for our seventh grader, and our tenth grader will be studing U.S. Government and Civics. Our little second grader has been reviewing math, and doing form drawing and some writing through the Jataka Tales. Our next block with be a math block, including geometric shapes and all four processes and place value.
I would love to hear what you are up to!