Happy Fall, y’all…it’s a common term around this time of year. You see it in ads, you see it on decorations. We have been saying it for a year or so, when we were sure our Beavis made it up himself. Don’t ask me how a cat could be responsible for this, or why it caught on and stayed in our minds this whole time – I don’t know. In any case, that’s what I wish everyone – a good and happy season.
Besides October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is also the month where Fall gets kicked into high gear. Everywhere you look, there’s pumpkin. And it’s not just in decorations. It’s in the food you eat and the drinks you drink. Since pumpkin came back in August (so early) I have seen it in coffee, creamers, donuts, cakes, pancake mix, cookies, cereal, bread, bagels, muffins, yogurt and ice cream. I have even seen a few varieties of pumpkin beer. I like certain things with pumpkin, mostly pumpkin donuts. And I will have one or two pumpkin coffees during the Fall. But really, since I’m not a pumpkin maniac, I think most of it is really overkill. Oh – I forgot about the pumpkin room spray and pumpkin candles.
It can be kind of nice to wear different kinds of clothes in the Fall (for those of us who live in seasons). Fall is nice, because you can wear boots and a sweater – it’s been a while since we’ve done that. Fall is easy, because while it’s cool – it’s not cold. You can get away with wearing a jacket or a hoodie. Your long sleeves can be worn again. It’s nice relaxing in the Fall knowing you still have a few weeks to go before you have to bundle up before leaving to go anywhere. It is a good feeling to be able to wear your long sleeve Tampa Bay Lightning jersey without, as they say – sweating bullets! And if you look good in one (I certainly do not), Fall is a great time for hats.
The things we do in Fall are fun, too. I can spend hours walking around Craft Fairs. You can find such interesting things. I am always on the lookout for unusual gifts for people. I am not an apple cider type of person, but I love going into stores or restaurants and smelling it cooking, warm on a stove. So great! The stores have great dresses out for semi-formals at colleges and for homecomings at high schools. And for those of us shopping for dresses for their son’s upcoming wedding (of which one would be me) this is the time of year (along with before prom time in the spring) that you can find really beautiful things. Of course, you have to be age appropriate but there really is something for everyone.
One of the best things about Fall for me is – hockey is BACK! I love hockey, and it’s been hard being without it these past four months (more than five if I’m considering my Lightning’s early and unanticipated exit from the playoffs). I watched Lexi’s namesake last night as they beat the Senators in OT, and tonight I get to watch Nik’s namesake. Nikita Kucherov was voted to be the league’s best last year. That was a vote I agreed with. For sure.
Fall signifies change. Fall signifies things to come. Halloween is fun, for both young and old alike. There’s something funny and light-hearted about seeing people dressed up as things they would or could never be. When we lived in Colorado, the parents in our neighborhood would sometimes trick or treat with the kids, they themselves dressed up as well. And some of the houses, the owners knowing parents went too – would have adult beverages available. One of the funniest memories I have of a Colorado Halloween is one of the Dads – a large man, he must have been at least 6’3″. He was dressed up as a giant Dalmation, and he had a clear cup of wine in his hand. It was so funny, so cute. This was before the time of cell phone cameras, otherwise I’m sure I would have inserted a picture of him here! Thanksgiving is a delicious Holiday. No matter where we eat, whoever we eat with – we all bring something, and it’s usually a specialty to make being together even more special. As Fall comes to an end, we can start thinking about the hustle and bustle of Christmas.
Fall has just begun, so let’s enjoy it for what it is. A beautiful, crisp time on our calendars. This year, I challenge you – take pictures. Take more pictures than you think you should. Take more pictures than you think you will need. And as Fall comes to an end, put them in frames, or a book – display them somehow. Looking back, you will realize what a gorgeous time of year Fall really is.