I saw it on the calendar so now I can officially talk about my favorite season- FALL.
Things I love about fall-
1. Sweaters- I love the feel of them. I love the look of them. I love to wear them.
2. Colors- I love orange, brown, yellow, and green. The colors of mums. The colors of leaves. The colors of fall.
3. Football- I don't understand it, but my guys do and they enjoy it. I like high school football games with all their rituals and rivalry.
4. Fall television- The anticipation of new shows, and the hope that they will be worth my time is delicious. The reality is somewhat less satisfying, but I still look forward to the new lineup.
5. Holidays and events. Time for my husband's birthday, my mom's birthday (still special to me), Heritage Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the Alumni Banquet. And of course it's time to honor the dead and think about how blessed we are to have survived the unthinkable.
6. Weather- I love the crispness of the fall air. It's just cold enough to send me to the closet for that beloved sweater, but not cold enough to cause pain or a change in plans.
7. Gardening- Fall gardening is about changing and planning. Fall gardening is comfortable and leisurely. I love to divide perennials and envision how they will look in the spring. I love to plant tulips and other bulbs.
8. Food- Soups, stews, lasagna, fresh bread, roasts, and cobblers- these are the foods of fall. Foods that satisfy, that warm the body and the soul.
9. Expectations- Fall is about getting ready for winter. It's about settling in and getting comfortable. It's about preparing for the depressing months ahead. No one expects you start a new diet in the fall, or tackle a huge project, or save the planet. Those things can wait for spring!
10. Memories- Fall was also my mother's favorite time of year. Ironic, and comforting, that she died in the fall. I have lots of pleasant memories of our falls together- harvesting the garden, walking in the woods, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, talking on the front porch swing.
If you haven't changed your calendar yet, it's time. Flip up that page and mark the date- September 22, the first day of FALL.