October is here! My favorite season is here! So I have to say that I’m loving living in an area that truly has all four specific seasons, with fall being my all-time favorite.
When we lived in PA, there were some years we’d actually get individual seasons, though the last few years we lived there, it seemed that there were only two – hot humid summer, and cold cold winter. No fall or spring to truly enjoy. So I’m glad to be back where we actually get to enjoy each individual season.
Now, I do wish we’d have more of what the ‘winter’ portion of that image represents, it’s a rare occasion we get decent snow in this area, being in the foothills of the mountains.
But then again, we are in the foothills of the mountains, so if we want to go play in the snow, it’s not that far of a drive to do so. It’s just more fun to be able to frolic in the snow without having to drive in it. Just sayin’.
Which actually ties nicely into this week’s Coffee Chat – my post was getting way too long, so in an effort to help you keep your sanity, I decided to save the rest of the random for next week.
It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!
The question or prompt for this week is:
“Fall Aesthetic – What gets you in the mood for the Fall Season? Pumpkin Spice? Wool sweaters and knee high boots? Candy Corn? Let’s all get cozy with warm thoughts as we head into Autumn.”
Fall is my favorite season by far. It is clearly the best choice for number one season (sorry Spring, Winter and Summer). It even has a fancy name, Autumn. If you still don’t believe me, here are ten more reasons to love fall.
1. Cozy sweaters
I love big sweaters that swallow you whole. And fall is the perfect time for these. Its not like its snowing out so you don’t have to put on a shirt, a sweater, and a jacket. You can walk around in your giant sweater and be perfect almost all day. Wearing a giant sweater is like walking around in a socially acceptable blanket.
They’re so pretty and there are so many colors and they are falling all around you in really cool swirls in the wind (okay maybe only in Pocahontas). But still, the trees are beautiful and every leaf has a different color or shade or pattern and it’s beautiful, creating some awesome photographic possibilities.
3. The weather
Abundant sunshine, and it’s not too hot, and not too cold. That’s also where those comfy sweaters come into play, as well as seeing all the vibrant colors with clarity.
4. Pumpkin patch fun!
Princess Nagger and I started a tradition of going to a farm or pumpkin patch to pick out the pumpkins for our front porch decor, along with corn stalks and hay bales. It’s a fun mother-daughter bonding day, plus she has a good eye for picking out the perfect pumpkins. Now that she’s doing the Virtual Academy, we can go on a week day when it’s less busy and spend extra time perusing the pumpkins. I’m looking forward to it!
Not only is it keeping my neck warm, I look super cute. Unlike during the winter, I don’t have to wear the super chunky ones that swallow your whole face. I have options in fall. Besides, it’s a fun accessory, and I even have a couple of super cute Seahawks scarves to wear on game days.
Just like I’m crazy about sweaters, I’m also crazy about boots. I have a plethora of styles to choose from, though because I have what’s been described as ‘athletic’ calves, I’ve never been able to go with a knee-high boot, so I usually wear short boots. Those pictured above are a couple of my favorites. I did find a pair of mid-calf boots that fit great for my Bar Wench costume last year:
Just pop on a cozy sweater and/or scarf and some super cute boots and you’re ready for fall.
Even though I slave for hours in the kitchen getting the feast ready for a speedy inhalation, I love it. It’s also one of the few times I don’t feel guilty about overindulging on such awesome food.
8. Cozy fire in the fireplace
You can curl up cozily by a fire. I love a good fireplace fire. There is absolutely nothing in the world like grabbing a great book (or my Kindle!) and snuggling up to a fireplace alight with oranges and reds and even some deep blues.
Even better is when you leave the room for a minute and return to find the fire still blazing, warm and waiting for you. There is nothing like curling up in front of a warm hearth (preferably with a cute animal of some kind) to get that cozy feeling that comes with fall. When it starts to get chilly, a fire is a great way to turn up the heat.
9. New autumnal smells permeate the air
The first time you catch a whiff of smoke coming from a neighbor’s chimney, or light those autumn scented candles, you know fall has officially arrived. That smell mingles in with the dry leaves cluttering the ground and your olfactory senses can’t deny that the smell of fall is in the air. It’s amazing the way the smells change as the pages of the calendar flip by. Fall is filled with distinguishing scents and they fill my nose with happiness.
10. Warm drinks heat things up
Most people have a love/hate relationship when feeds are filled with the mention about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so I’ll start there. These things are delicious and you can’t get them just any time you want ’em. You have to wait until the fall. And all of that waiting makes them even more delicious.
In addition to these delicious drinks, you can also indulge in hot chocolate and warm apple cider. Yum! There’s nothing like some mini marshmallows or a swirling cinnamon stick to make you feel warm inside and out. It’s especially nice when you can have one of these warm drinks outside, the heat from the liquid warming you every time you take a sip.
And of course you can’t forget about mulled wine:
A beverage of European origins, mulled wine (Swedish version is called Glögg) is usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and sometimes raisins. It is served hot or warm, can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and is a traditional drink during fall and winter, especially around Halloween and Christmas.
If you’ve never had it, you don’t know what you’re missing. Say the word, and I’ll post the recipe I always use for the Swedish version of Glögg.
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