By Stephanie Walker
It seems as though the hustle and bustle of life starts to slow down just a bit as we head into cooler weather. Children and grandchildren are back in school. College classes well underway as the freshmen settle into their new routine. The pool and yard furniture have found their way back into storage, and bonfires begin to light up the evening sky as we put up our feet, toast some marshmallows, and say farewell to another wonderful summer.
The days continue to get crisp, and we are starting to spend more of our free time indoors. Iced tea is replaced with hot tea and coffee, and it is the perfect time to get back into our indoor hobbies. My favorite, of course, is coloring.
Last month we ushered in the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, jack-o-lanterns, and all kinds of October delights. It was the perfect time to reorganize our favorite coloring spots, restock our supplies and let our imaginations run wild with witches, ghouls, and ghosts. Cute black kittens and bubbling cauldrons shared the table with autumn leaves and goofy scarecrows. Our googly-orange, bat-crazy black, and ghastly-green markers, gel pens, and colored pencils got quite the workout as we colored our way through Halloween and all of its creepy wonders.
Now we are in November. The noble month of giving thanks and sharing bountiful feasts with our family and friends. In November I always bring out the coloring pages with gourds, cornucopias, and tables laden with turkey dinners and dessert. Not to mention all the pages with sweet little gnomes getting their tiny homes ready for winter. This is also the time I rummage through my closet to find my most comfy of blankets so I can get cuddly on the couch or in bed while I color. I love to sip a mug of hot tea and color while I’m wrapped up in my blankets, and every now and then I will look out the window at the trees that are barely hanging on to the last of their leaves and start getting excited for that magical first snowfall.
Once we start accumulating a few inches of snow and temperatures start dipping down into the low 40’s and 30’s, I’ll enter into hibernation mode and gear up for the holidays! This is my absolute favorite time of year for coloring. Snow days are the perfect excuse to stay inside and treat myself to a coloring marathon. I will turn on the holiday music and jam out while coloring Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer, and elves. Not too mention beautiful winter scenes featuring cardinals in the snow and gorgeous pine trees. I love coloring winter images during the actual winter. It feels so peaceful and serene.
Sometimes life seems overwhelming and stressful, but Mother Nature has given us the gifts of autumn and winter to help us slow down and relax. A chance to take a break from the world outside and challenge our creativity while we stay warm and cozy inside. I can’t think of a better way to spend my days indoors than working on a hobby I love so dearly. I hope all of you get a chance to spend some quality time, working on whatever it is that brings you joy during these months. Stay warm, stay creative and happy coloring!