Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As I'm sure you know, today is the first day of fall! Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, so today I'll share with you the Top Ten Reasons I Love Fall!
1 - Weather. I do not like heat and humidity. I do not like sweating. Fall weather is just about perfect - brisk, cool mornings, pleasant days, and chilly evenings. The bright blue skies and damp ground after a nice fall rain make me feel renewed & revived.
2 - Changes. I love seeing the progression of the colors of the leaves. I enjoy seeing the things in my flowerbed relax & sigh & settle down to sleep. I love driving through showers of falling leaves, when the yellows & reds flutter down all around me. Love it.
3 - Smells. When the outdoors smells like damp ground, burning leaves, and cut grass, I'm in my happy place. Inside, I love the scents of pumpkin bread baking, apple butter simmering, and a fresh pot of coffee brewing. Yankee Candle has a scent called "Fall Festival" that I really want to try out - from the description, it combines all of my favorite fall scents into a candle!
4 - Apples. Pie, cobbler, apple butter. Shiny apples in a bowl on the table. Crisp sliced apple as a snack. There isn't much better than fresh fall apples!
5 - Pumpkins. I love decorating with pumpkins! We might make our first trip to a pumpkin patch this year, if I can find one nearby.
6 - Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Rolls. My absolute favorite thing to do with pumpkin! I've never liked pumpkin pie - it's jiggly, and that's just too strange. But I love the combination of the pumpkin cake with the cream cheese filling. And my whole family loves it when I make it!
7 - Clothes. I love sweaters and jeans, pretty flats and boots, and the jumpers my daughter wears in the cooler weather.
8 - School. I have always loved the back-to-school season, even as a kid. Now I'm not in school, and I don't have any kids in school, but I still love it! I enjoy perusing the sales on school supplies, and I love seeing those tiny little kindergarteners with their enormous backpacks, all excited to be going to school for the first time. As mentioned in "You've Got Mail", there's just something about a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils!
9 - Wendy's Birthday. How could I not look forward to my favorite girl's birthday? She will be 3 on Saturday, and she is having a Princess Party with family. It will be fun and girly and very pink-and-purple. And she's getting a kitchen playset, which she will LOVE!!
10 - Looking forward to the holidays. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I really enjoy the planning & preparation - shopping, baking, gift-wrapping, decorating. It's all fun!
For more great Top Ten lists, visit Top Ten Tuesday at OhAmanda!