We have four very distinctive seasons in Ohio. Winters are cold, blustery and snowy; Spring is rainy, fragrant, and the earth awakens from its long slumber; Summer, like this year, is sunny; hot; and humid. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, without a doubt, with cooler temperatures, vibrant foliage, and diverse holidays. Narrowing my favorite things about fall down to five was very difficult, because my list could go on and on endlessly. In keeping with Cortney’s challenge, here are my Five Fall Favorites, in no particular order.
Fall Foliage: I have an hour commute in the morning and then again in the afternoon so I have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature’s autumn palette. After all these years, it still amazes me to watch the verdant leaves turn to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. During breezy days, the leaves drift softly from the trees sometimes catching an updraft allowing them to drift ever further.
Sweatpants and Sweatshirts: After a long day’s work or on weekends, I love to lounge in sweats. It’s the closest thing to wearing pajamas all day. They are warm, soft, comfy, and cuddly.
Football Season: Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?! I love football at all levels, from the little guys just learning the game all the way up to the pros. I get weepy when my high school alma mater’s band marches down the street en route to the stadium all the while playing our team’s fight song. Saturdays are spent watching Big Ten Football and Sundays are devoted to the Cleveland Browns.
Orchard Visits: No autumn would be complete without at least one trip to the orchard. As I walk into the store at the orchard, I am greeted by the most sweet, tart scent ever. I breathe it in, eyes closed, and allow it to envelope me. Hmmmm. I leave only after picking large bags of apples and buying cider for mulling, homemade popcorn balls (the best treat of the season), and caramels for apple dipping. YUM!
Fall Home Décor: The warm colors of the season make a home feel so cozy and inviting. These colors, along with hay bales, corn husks, sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds can easily be transformed to fit early fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorating.
Happy Fall Y’all!