Food, Fall and Nesting

Updated on October 18, 2018
Sallie Mullinger profile image

Sallie is a retired mother and grandmother who has written short stories for most of her life. Her stories are from her heart to yours.

Even before the leaves really begin falling, my nesting instincts surface.

"My kitchen is a mystical place, a kind of temple for me. It is a place where the surfaces seem to have significance, where the sounds and odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges to the future."
Pearl Bailey

Late summer signifies so much for me. It is the end of my favorite time of year. No matter how hot and humid, there is a freedom in summer not easily found in other seasons. They all have their beauty, but for me, summer is my go to time of year.

But it is late summer that takes me back to other days and reminds me that we women all have the instinct called "nesting".

When I was a little girl this time of year meant fall cleaning. To us modern gals that term might seem seriously outdated. And while I certainly don't go to the lengths my own mother (as well as her peers) did, there is an instinctual need to whip things into shape for the hunker down time which descends upon us all too soon.

Carpets need cleaning, curtains need washing, walls need painting, windows need washing. As a child I used to think it was my Mom being super organized and getting ready for the holidays. But since the entire regimen played out again just before Thanksgiving, I was left to decide that my mother (and her peers) were driven by some demon to have the cleanest house on the block.

In all actuality, I still have that same desire my mother had. Perhaps it was ingrained in me, but I think most of us want to slap things in shape after the lazy days of summer where a "lick and a promise" where housework is concerned, was enough.

Late summer reminds me also of my Mom's kitchen and the inevitable canning and freezing of vegetables and fruits. And the month of September was also when the dreaded fruitcakes began their journey toward Christmas gift giving. I have written stories about my mother's fruitcakes and the journey from September to Christmas that preparing and giving those dreadful things took.

My kitchen is a place where memories come back and where memories are made. I dont can or "put up' veggies or fruits as my Mom and aunts and grandmothers did. But I begin scouring my gazillion cookbooks for hearty, warming, comfort food that I know my family for our souls as much as our bodies.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a baker. I often say that the baking gene did not make it down in its pecking order to me. My mother, my aunts, my grandmothers..all loved to bake and were phenomenal bakers. Me? Not so much. In my opinon, flour is the devil. It's everywhere when I bake and no matter how hard I try to be neat, I always fail miserably.

But when fall arrives and those pioneer instincts begin to bubble up inside me, I try my hand at baking. I only do things I know I can do. And while they won't win any Betty Crocker awards, no one notices as they gobble down my Mom's famous Apple Pie courtesy of her age old cookbook.

And just like Pearl Bailey, in my kitchen there are reminders of the past which becomes the present and will, long after I am gone, carry into the future

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)