Yes, I’m Whining.

Just weeks after daylight saving time ended and I’m already pining for more light. The days are still getting shorter, and will until December 21st, the thought of which doesn’t help my head right now. Less light, less sunshine, less heat and my favorite fruit and vegetables are out of season. Blueberries are blue, without that cast of gray that celebrates freshness, strawberries aren’t close to summer-sweet and tomatoes and peaches are done. It was a fabulous summer and we had a good start to fall, but that seems all over now. The early cold wave is just fueling my misery.

I’m whining for the next 24 hours and then I’m going to get my head back on straight. I’ll start my countdown to the shortest day of the year when I can begin to celebrate the beginning of adding minutes at a time to sunlight. I’ll toast the season with another dozen jars of my favorite chunky cranberry jam, before putting away the canning equipment. I’ll take out my winter recipes and invite friends in for dinner. On gloomy days I’ll be sure to have a soothing pot of stock simmering on the stove, to freeze for fast and easy soups later on. I’ll make more pumpkin pies to make the house smell like the holidays, and I’ll step-up my Christmas shopping, before the stores get too crazy.

It’s okay to grieve the end of a season and the easy lifestyle that went with it. But I’m not going to waste too much time on it. Look forward, find things to celebrate in the today and move on. That first pot of winter chili or stew or pot roast is going to be something to celebrate. And who doesn’t like a slice of fresh pumpkin pie?

Click for my favorite Chunky Cranberry Jam recipe.