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As Fall Slips Into Winter.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In my youth, I was extremely opinionated, and I still am, but I have actually mellowed out a lot over the years as my pace has become slower and my girth has expanded. I used to hate Winter as it kept me from doing all the things I liked to do, which were almost always outside. Back then, I liked Spring but Spring in my area is still too chilly to do anything with water and I love water. I loved Summer with all the outdoor activities like sports, swimming, water-skiing, and camping. I disliked Fall as it just seemed like a prelude to Winter, which I always dreaded. At some point my views softened. For one thing, I tolerate Winter much better now that I am older. Spring is now my favorite season. I still enjoy summer but I have a new appreciation of Fall too.

There are still some things I don't like about Fall. The warm weather birds migrate south. The amphibians, reptiles, and even some of favorite mammals go into hibernation. The trees, shrubs, and perennials go dormant. Everything turns mostly brown. We have less sun. It gets progressively colder. It snows. I have to wear more clothes. Plus there are the elections with weeks of robocalls. It seemed like a time of loss. I must admit that I still don't like to see these things occur but I also see the advantages of this season now.

There are so many really nice things about Fall in my area so I am going to celebrate the cornucopia of Fall with you and thank this Fall for being a good one as it comes to a close. What is so good about Autumn?

1. With Fall there are less bugs, especially biting and stinking insects, like ticks, wasps, hornets, and mosquitoes. They get knocked back some until they are eventually gone.
2. The oppressive heat and humidity ebb and are eventually gone too. Some days are perfect, sunny and warm.
3. I can save on utilities. I'm able to turn off the A/C. Open the windows. Breath in the fresh air. Light a fire in the fireplace or woodstove if it gets a little nippy.
4. The summer tourists are gone. The lakes are less crowded. It's often the best time of the year to camp out or have a picnic.
5. The neighborhood is quieter due to the the start of school. Fall sports return and keep the kids happy and occupied. Routines return.
6. We have beautiful harvest moons and clear night skies for star gazing.
7. There are less people in the stores shopping during the day.
8. It's a great time to walk and bike.
9. It's a good time to read, inside or outside.
10. It's ideal for doing outdoor projects - gardening, house maintenance. Less sweating. More productive.
11. For those who mourn the lost of an hour of sleep in spring with the end of DST you get your hour back. LOL. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, it's cooler. It's conducive to better sleep.
12. T.V. programming is improving. There are new Fall shows plus Halloween movies, Thanksgiving movies, and Christmas movies.
13. It's the perfect time to go to or have a rummage sale
14. It's a good time to observe nature - watch the fall migrations of birds and the warblers and geese fly South for the winter. Squirrels building nests and storing nuts.
15. I enjoy raising a Fall garden, harvesting Fall veggies, canning or freezing food for winter. Fertilizing, cutting back the gardens and putting them to bed for the winter.
16. I love Fall flowers - like mums - the last burst of colors before winter.
17. I like the colors of fall, the changing leaves and road trips to see the burgundies, oranges, yellows, reds. The maple trees, sumac, sassafras, dogwoods, ginkos, witch hazel, blueberry bushes, smokebush, redbuds, burning bush, sweetgum, crepe myrtles, hickories, oaks.
18. I like decorating with Fall things like acorns, nuts, seeds, cornstalks, gourds, fall scented candles.
19. There are fun Fall activities, like tail-gating, Fall festivals, Harvest festivals, hay rides, bobbing for apples, corn mazes, carving pumpkins, going to orchards and pumpkin patches, raking leaves and jumping into them, walking in crunchy leaves, sitting by a blazing bonfire roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.
20. I like voting at our township polling place - I will see some of my neighbors the only time I will see them in a year.
21. I love the peaceful feeling I have when returning home to my cabin in the woods at dusk where the warm glow of lights in windows melts my stress and soothes my soul.
22. I love Halloween - decorating inside and outside, trick or treating, parties, visiting haunted woods and houses. Black, orange, and purple. Witches, pumpkins, skeletons. Halloween foods like chili, hot dogs, popcorn, pumpkin seeds, smores, roasted marshmallows, caramel apples, candy corn, brownies, hot cocoa, apple cider.
23. Thanksgiving is my favorite eating holiday with things like turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie.
23. I enjoy the food of the Fall season - returning to baking, casseroles and slow cooking. Comfort foods like chicken and dumplings, pot pies, mac and cheese, soups, stews, cobblers, and pies. Plus Squash, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, fennel, parsnips, greens like Swiss chard kale/turnip/spinach/collards, leeks, yams, potatoes, corn on the cob, mushrooms, pears, tangerines, pomegranates, grapefruit, quinces, elderberries, persimmons, kiwi, grapes, figs, dates, chestnuts, and all assortments of nuts in my area like walnuts, pecans, hickory nuts. Spices and flavorings like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, vanilla, sage, bay, garlic, maple syrup. Hot herbal teas and the smell of hot coffee. Yum!
24. I like the build up to holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah - the sights and sounds, decorations, music, parties, events, the smell of cookies and candy.
25. Finally, the end of Fall arrives with the return of the vernal equinox, which is my anniversary. The days start getting longer again which really floats my boat.

I hope you have enjoyed this Fall as much as I have and that you will find some good reasons to enjoy winter too.
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    I love how you see the positives also ! My mood in winter changes about mid January when I know Spring is only 60 days or less away. LOL !! This winter has been awesome as far as winters in Iowa can go so no complaining here.
    1369 days ago
    How did I miss this blog? I've had my head too far up my own a$$ I guess...
    But I've always been a Summer Girl: bring on the heat, the sun, the lakes and the beach!!! until the horrors of summertime extended visitation became an annual ordeal for me & my son. It will be so weird next summer NOT to be negotiating that sh!t.
    And I'll continue to look forward to my awesome summertime NM rides, but I must admit Fall has its pluses too - there are many good rides (spring weather can be SO variable)! So now it's kind of a toss-up.
    1377 days ago
    I think I like your Fall better'n mine, lol. My favorite is still Spring, but Fall is second. You bring up great points and I'd be hard pressed to figure a #26. Ah, I know: in the Fall the dog bags of poop collected on our daily walks don't stink in the trash can due to summer heat! And where I am now (because Fall is different every place I move), your #1 is my #1. I love Fall clothes but dislike taking off coats and boots. I love the fire in the house. I dislike when people make outdoor fires (smoke is cancer causing)! It's chilly where I am, and you'd think the locals were in Alaska with all the outdoor pit fires. I can't open my window at night for fresh air I long for after a summer of a/c. Also, I've learned I really appreciate the four seasons as I've been in areas with two seasons both hot and cold. Time goes slooowly with two seasons waiting for the change. Anyway, I love your writing and post. As usual.

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  • SUNSHINE5268
    You are such a GIFTED writer ((((((((((((( hugs )))))))))))))))))) amazing!
    1386 days ago
    No matter where I live, Fall and Spring are my favorite!
    1390 days ago
    This is a beautiful post! I love seeing the fall through your eyes.

    Summertime is my favorite but I've learned to appreciate each season. It sure makes life a lot more beautiful to learn that each season has something special and different to offer.I also love how appreciating each season's beauty helps me stay more in the moment.

    Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season and that your winter is off to a fantastic start!
    1397 days ago
    Lovely blog post :)
    1400 days ago
    As you know I love Autumn (and most of the seasons). Always many things to be grateful for. Did making the list help? I often feel helped or improved, after writing. I call it therapeutic wordsmithing, ha ha. Yours was great. Always enjoy your blogs so much. emoticon
    1405 days ago
    I love this blog and your positive attitude toward the seasons!!!! I get down sometime because living in Florida most of my life, we don't have a great change in seasons. It goes from warm to hot and some cooler sprinkled in between!!!!!
    1406 days ago
    Well said!

    1408 days ago
  • CINDYTW963
    I love fall too, for many of the same reasons you listed. I do love spring too though, as it gives me hope after a long dark winter!
    1408 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3409143
    When I was younger I used to like fall as it was the start of hunting season and my old man seemed to get into a better mood. Then he got snowmobiles it was easier to look forward to winter (I can remember in grade 10 when we got 2 new 440 Everests we went and drove to a frozen pond to ride because there was NO SNOW (talk about anxiety),
    1409 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.
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    1409 days ago
    I love all seasons now, but fall always seemed a little sad to me because of having to return to school, which I disliked. Now i love fall because of the colours, winter for the quiet and snow drifts sculpted by the wind, spring for the new green and running water and summer for the heat, flowers and swimming.
    1409 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Fall always used to be my favorite season, but now summer is. Funny how we change over the years! We certainly have much to be thankful for no matter what the season :)
    1409 days ago
    This year (up here, anyway) it seemed like fall didn't start until after the daylight saving time changed back. The trees were mostly green right up until then, but then the rain took all the leaves down at once. We got only about 3 weeks of fall, then the snow arrived - 6" the first weekend, 11" the second, and more coming on Friday night into Saturday this coming weekend. But the weather channel says we're going to have a high of 4F on Thursday to get us ready - the equinox and then spring can't come soon enough for me.
    1409 days ago
    You have found so much to be grateful for! I love that! I miss the seasons, living down in FL now. I used to love Fall and Spring, but also appreciated a good crisp winter day...if not the ice and snow. I tolerated summer. So what did I do? I moved down to where it is eternally my least favorite season...summer, LOL. But there is much to appreciate here as well.
    Lovely blog -

    PS: We are having somewhat of a winter now...mostly in the 50's and 60's at night, daytime is still upper 70's into 80's some. It will cool down some more for a short time, and then back to the heat!
    1409 days ago

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    It's wonderful to see the positives in life through someone else's eyes. Your fall leaves must be so beautiful. I love woodstoves, and still have one at the old farm. I agree it's much better for sleeping with the longer nights. I really enjoyed your blog.

    1409 days ago
    I can see why you appreciate the various seasons, living in such a beautiful place in the woods. I love the fact that when we're in France which we're slowly making our permanent home, we're away from the hustle and bustle of the city, particularly London which has got too congested for me.
    Away from the smoke, it becomes far easier to appreciate the environment. I love walking along the Canal du Midi, whatever the season; I loved picking mushrooms in October....
    1409 days ago
    I loved you description of fall it is cold earlier here in the North but I remember living in an area like yours so it brought back memories for me ! I love a woodstove and the canning I still do !
    1409 days ago
    I love Fall. It always meant a new start for me (when I was young and in school).

    I love walking through leaves, and many of the other delights you listed.

    I especially love using the fireplace!

    1409 days ago
    I'm trying to love, or at least appreciate more the Fall/Winter. It is hard when you pile on so many clothes that it is hard to move. emoticon
    1409 days ago
    Wonderful blog. Love it! Have a great day.
    1409 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    This is so good, you are an awesome writer! You should write books. emoticon I love Fall too, but it sure doesn't stay around long, but we had it longer this year, with our first snow finally in December and after all the snowstorms and frigid temps., the grass is still green underneath it all. For now anyway. So Fall is still trying to stay around! I told my DH just yesterday, when it only got 2 degrees above for a high, that this is when I don't mind having a disability, because it is sooo cold out there!! The one thing that I love about Fall is the cooler temps. and I'm not one for high heat and humidity. The first smells of the season are so welcoming. The smell of the wood stoves corking it up, the smell of the leaves and dew in the mornings, it's really lovely!! I have found that there's good in every season, and that each one is very distinguished in MN!!!!!
    1409 days ago
    I used to feel sad about fall, because it was so beautiful but it was inevitably followed by the season I dreaded most. Instead of growing into winter with age, we chose to avoid the whole issue and move to Florida. Of course now I'm starting to feel sad about spring, because it's so beautiful but is inevitably followed by hurricane season. Love ya, Sue
    1409 days ago
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