Dicho: Otoño Entrante…Welcoming Fall

tennessee woods in the fall

Fall at my house.

Otoño entrante, barriga tirante

The Spanish refran, or dicho, goes that that big, stretched out belly you got going on this Fall is.a left-over from summer excesses.

Word! I can relate.

It’s why I am attempting to move it, move it, move it before the lazy days of Fall envelope me, force me into fuzzy socks and sit me next to a fireplace — with lots of comfort food on a plate — for the next three, four, five months.

I slow down a lot in the Fall. We go to festivals and fairs, and we play outside in the beautiful golden light, but for the most part, I adhere to the principle that I am a part of nature — and nature and I are about to take a big rest.

It’s also very Feng Shui.

The Fall season, according to the practice, is about hearth, home, friends, familia. It is about the cozy, the comfortable, the heart. El alma.

How do I honor it?

I say no to invitations a lot. Yes, I do. Instead, if there is a pachanga, it’s at my casita in the woods. I also light candles and the fireplace, bring out the couch blankets. I cook even more, we bake, we roast. And, I continue my forever quest to declutter, to let go of more and more. Pa’fuera con lo que no se usa.

It’s hard to slow down, for sure. But, honoring the seasons — and pulling back from el excesso — means Fall is for amigos del alma, for familia…and for me.

Y Tu?

Do you honor the seasons in your life? Do you spend more simple time with friends and family in the Fall?

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By Carrie on September 28, 2011 · Posted in dichos + del alma

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Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

I think so. There are so many birthdays in the fall and then with the holidays we definitely spend more time together. The autumn is one of my favorite seasons (and not just because my birthday is in October). I love the changing colors of the trees and of course the clothes that come with the season :)
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Posted on September 28th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

I love fall. It lends itself to snuggles.

Posted on September 28th, 2011

Lisa Quinones Fontanez says:

Oh how I love that view of Fall from your house. It looks so serene and peaceful. The kind of place where you could just sit wrapped in a comfy sweater, with a cup of cafe in one hand and a good book in the other. Enjoy, relax, savor the season!

Posted on September 28th, 2011

Eva Smith says:

Thank you for the reminders to honor the seasons.I like to enjoy every season. Fall is the busiest time of year for me. I tend to wind down and completely relax on the Winter. I especially enjoy watching the leaves on trees.

Posted on September 28th, 2011

Sujeiry, 1st Lady of Love says:

I also hibernate in the fall. In NYC it gets cold and windy and rainy, so, yeah, under the covers with a bag of chips lol. This fall, however, I have begun to workout! I know that I will gain more weight when it gets colder. I mean, what else is there to do when you have inches of snow on the ground! Sigh. So, lets just say I am trying to extend my summer energy into otoño!
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Posted on September 28th, 2011

Abuela says:

Voy pa’alla.Lo necesito.

Posted on September 28th, 2011

Carla @ All of Me Now says:

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It’s the last hurrah before the cold winter when I pretty much never leave the house. I also adore all the fall activities – apply and pumpkin picking, hayrids, corn mazes, Halloween – lots to love. ps. great dicho I’d never before!
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Posted on September 29th, 2011

Justice Jonesie says:

I love the food in fall; pumpkins, cranberries, apples, root veggies– all my favs.

Posted on September 29th, 2011

Presley's Pantry says:

Fall for me is all about craft making, baking, cooking and organizing my family life…. I heart fall and all my winter jackets!

Posted on September 30th, 2011

Morena says:

If this is true then Im a fall girl, cause Im constantly saying NO to most invitations :P (I dont say this proudly, just matter of factly). I like the way you treat yourself and your friends in fall, it’s a very nice practice, and I agree that different seasons are for different aspects of our lives :)

Posted on October 2nd, 2011

Carrie says:

Morena, we have a few things in common, then!

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

It would be my pleasure to go craft and cook with you in LA some Fall!

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

Root veggies! That’s what I like. Roasting them. And pumpkin patches, something I did not grow up with.

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

I wonder why it is the Cubanitas who don’t leave the house in the winter?

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

Tu cuarto te espera.

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

A bag of chips?
You never stop surprising me…I thought you would say you were under the covers with something else! LOL

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

You are welcome, Eva…y gracias for the comment.

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

It is serene and peaceful here. Come visit.

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

But, doesn’t the paper bag get in the way?

Posted on October 7th, 2011

Carrie says:

So, I am going to go look at your blog to see what you’re wearing this season…

Posted on October 7th, 2011