Saturday, September 11, 2010

Falling for Fall?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Autum leavesOne of the reasons I will never leave Western New York to live somewhere is because I love the changing of the seasons.

Okay, that's a BIG FAT LIE.  I only like the changing of TWO seasons:  winter to spring, and spring to summer.

If I'm honest, the weather here sucks most of the time.  It's either too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too snowy . . . but, oh those days in between.  Even more than in spring, the Indian Summer days can be glorious.  Too bad most of them happen to come with too much work.

This year we went from too long too hot to too fast too cold.  It's now time to think about closing down the summer cottage and getting ready for winter.  Closing the pool, putting the gardens to bed for the winter, and raking fallen leaves. But if you're a really good salesperson--selling the idea to yourself--you can convince yourself that you're preparing for the coming spring and summer.

Apple crisp And there are wonderful things about fall. Long drives in the country under blue skies with cotton-ball clouds and a confetti of colorful leaves dancing along the road. Apple crisp and apple pie.  Carved pumpkins and hot pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. Stews chock full of root veggies.

(Oh, don't get me started on the harvest of wonderful veggies--and why am I so weird that I like veggies better than fruit?)

Pub2 Once cottage season is officially over, we spend our weekend evenings in our finished-basement pub. Music, cats, reading and, oh yes, an adult beverage or two.  The pub is a wonderful snug place to be on a cold winter night when the wind is howling and the snow swirls.

But I don't want to think too much about the coming winter.  Not until after Thanksgiving.  I want to wring as much enjoyment out of this season as I can. (Clambake, anyone?)

What is it YOU love about autumn?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish we did have all the lovely leaves and things that make fall so nice in the Northeast. Texas just kind of moves into fall overnight and then into winter the next night after that. LOL Our leaves here in Austin don't usually have time to turn colors. They just turn brown. But spring is glorious!

Dru said...

I love coming from summer and gradually entering fall, and seeing the full trees start to lose their leaves turning from green to orange to red.

Kim said...

You're not weird for liking veggies better than fruit - unless I am too.

Janel said...

I love watching the leaves change color, but I don't like raking them up at home and at the cabin. I love the warm, cozy food I have to make because there is a chill in the air. I love being able to put on more clothes to get to the perfect body temperature, instead of trying to remove clothing to get cooler.

Heather Webber said...

I love the crisp mornings and the warm afternoons. The fire crackling in the fireplace. The explosion of color from the trees. The scent of cinnamon in the kitchen as I bake, bake, bake. The list is endless.

Char/Scrapscot said...

Like Kay, I live in Texas and we don't have much colour. There are certain trees that do turn though and I love seeing those. In 1999 we were lucky enough to visit Scotland in the fall and it was beautiful! Now when the air starts to get chilly and the leaves are falling, I always feel the anticipation we had getting ready for that unforgettable trip.

Debra said...

Everything! I love being outdoors on a gray,damp day and then coming inside to a warm house and the smell of soup bubbling away. I love using my three slow cookers. I love baking bread. I love the World Series,if my Yanks are playing. And like Lorna I love root veggies,especially baking yams which I use to make sweet potato pie.

CindyD said...

Fall is eagerly anticipated here in AZ because it means we can be comfortable outside again for nine months. We don't miss raking leaves at all, but we do usually go north to Flagstaff to see the gold aspens at least once.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We have the same crummy weather here in Ottawa, ON, Lorna. I too have mixed feelings about fall - love the colors, hate the thought of winter. But if I had that cozy hideaway of yours, maybe I'd rethink that.

MJ

Ellery Adams said...
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Ellery Adams said...

Halloween

School starting

Jeans with flip-flops!

Vickie said...

I love the fall, cooler weather and the promise of snow coming soon here in Colorado.
I think maybe the only thing I don't like about fall is the cottonwood tree in our front lawn. It's hewgah with a copious amount of leaves that fall on the lawn. They aren't good for anything like compost, they are too heavy and don't mow up well.....have to rake and rake and still more come down....sigh...the only thing that keeps me from asking DH to chop that sucker down is that a pair of falcons return each year to nest and raise more falcons.

OH, and I can't show DH your highly GORGEOUS basement pub! He'll want to redo the mancave and have one just like it.

Valerie Consoer said...

Oh, gee, where do I start? Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The leaves turn to golds and rust colors that make me smile like a little kid in a candy store. When I think of the perfect reading weather, I think of Fall. It's the season we make more hot tea and occasionally hot cocoa. When I look out our back window, I see many trees that are already starting to turn an orangey, cinnamon color. Make sense? The very tips of each tree look as though they have been dipped ever so slightly into that color. The crisp air makes me smile even more. The knowing that we can wear long-sleeved t-shirts without getting hot makes me giddy. One more thing makes me happy about Fall. I always think of my mom this time of year. No, she's not gone from this world. But Fall is a reminder to me to be thankful for my mom. She's the most beautiful and understanding person I know. I'm made fun of frequently for being so close with my mom, but I don't really care. Fall was when my mom and I went to festivals and flea markets and drank apple cider. I miss those days where as now, we don't do that much thanks to fibromyalgia. I hate the disease and what it's doing to my mom and I will continue to do all that I can to help my mom. But I still enjoy fall and think of the lovely times my mom and I had at the Covered Bridge Festival and other festivals. Told you not to get me started...

Andrea C. said...

I love it all! The temperature, the smells, the colors, the clothes, crunchy apples, Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), my wedding anniversary...and all things pumpkin!!!!

Andrea C. said...

I love it all! The temperature, the smells, the colors, the clothes, crunchy apples, Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), my wedding anniversary...and all things pumpkin!!!!

Heather said...

Fall is my favorite season. I love the first good frost that puts an end to ragwood and allows me to breath again. I love the smells, and colors, and drinking hot apple cider or hot chocolate. I love the crunch of leaves under foot and picking apples with my niece. I Love the crisp, cool air that calls for sweatshirs and sweaters, and curling up with an afghan on chill autumn evenings. And I love that it's football season, and almost time for the annual book festival and local cemetery tour.

Linda McDonald said...

I love to pretend we actually have a fall season here in Southern California. Well, I guess we do a bit, but not like most places. But, I do love fall...pumpkins, harvest festivals, Halloween, and the little changing of the leaves we have here....I love it. But, someday I would love to spend a fall season someplace back east where I can really experience it.