(If you are getting bored of me, don’t worry, Meaghan will be back soon with some fantastic travel stories to share.  I promise!)

For those of you who don’t live and work in BC, we have yet to go back to school because of a complex and messy strike in our teachers’ union (and because of a provincial government that is unwilling to budge or bargain).  It’s still uncertain times for public education in BC.  Teacher’s haven’t been working, and therefore haven’t been paid, since the middle of June.  Students didn’t get to finish off the old school year properly OR start off the new school year properly.  It’s tough times all around, really.

Last week’s post was about the uncertainty during this Back to School season.  Writing that post made me a little sad, because summer’s end and autumn’s beginning is by far my most favourite season of the whole entire year.  Back to School excitement definitely fuels my fire during this magical season of temperature changes and pumpkin harvests because it’s just part of the package during this time of year; however, this week little reminders that autumn is on its way have started pop up everywhere and now I am just extremely giddy over that fact that our air conditioning can be put to rest until next June.

The first (and quite possibly) most awesome thing about the season’s change:

Starbucks' seasonal drinks have arrived!
Starbucks’ seasonal drinks have arrived! My eyes literally shone with delight when I discovered this tidbit of information.

I promptly sent a very important text message to my friend, Karen, who knows what is UP when it comes to autumn seasonal changes.  We now have a weekly Jane Austen movie night put in place.

Fall6

 

If I had a Pinterest board (I don’t, believe it or not) for autumn it would be full of comfy sweaters and tall boots, infinity scarves, Swedish farmhouse decor options and the occasional salted caramel mocha.

Here are the other small, yet utterly joyful and autumn-y things I’ve been enjoying this week in between picket shifts:

This is the view from my driveway.  Heavenly, right? A few more weeks and all the leaves in the forest behind our house will be brilliantly colourful.
This is the view from my driveway. Heavenly, right? A few more weeks and all the leaves in the forest behind our house will be brilliantly colourful.
Our first pumpkin harvest of 2014! Our vegetable garden wasn't quite as successful as last year's (our corn and peas had some serious issues...) These little cuties are called "Sweet Sugars" and one particular husband is quite stoked for homemade pumpkin pie.
Our first pumpkin harvest of 2014! Our vegetable garden wasn’t quite as successful as last year’s (our corn and peas had some serious issues…) These little cuties are called “Sweet Sugars” and one particular husband is quite stoked for homemade pumpkin pie.
I couldn't resist snapping this iPhone shot.  How cool is that one red leaved branch?
I couldn’t resist snapping this iPhone shot. How cool is that one red leaved branch?
And finally, road side flower and produce stands with my friend, Nicole.
And finally, road side flower and produce stands with my friend, Nicole. All these flowers, including the dahlias, for $8!  Can’t beat that.

This post is somewhat fluffy and has nothing to do with education, really.  That being said, it’s more about self-preservation for many of us teachers in BC right now.  I’m attempting to preserve my eternal optimism and joy for this gorgeous season by doing as many of my favourite seasonal things possible!  I hope you all can find some space in this mayhem to simply appreciate what we DO have.  Breathe deeply, fellow teachers.  We will and can get through this together.

Now go find a pumpkin spiced ANYTHING and treat yourself.

Karley