Friday, September 10, 2010

10 on the 10th

It's been feeling very much like fall here lately and I think I'm finally ready to bid summer farewell and welcome my second favorite season. Here are ten things I love about fall. In no particular order.

1. Tracy's Fall Mix. Oh my goodness. This stuff is so yummy. There's no recipe really--it's just a blend of candy corn, peanuts, and Reese's pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to find candy corn at the grocery store on the very first day of September so I picked the ingredients up to make a batch of fall mix for Bunco tonight!

2. Football. I think I could seriously sit and watch football all weekend long. My husband got the artist gene instead of the sports gene so I mostly watch with Will. Will and I even joined our neighborhood Fantasy Football league together this fall. Neither of us really know what we're doing but we're having fun so far!

3. Jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, and layers! I really never pack those things completely away during the summer, but you know it's fall when you need to wear a sweatshirt all day long as opposed to just while you're sitting outside in the evening. The fact that I've needed one a couple of days lately makes me smile.

4. The colors. Orange, gold, brown, green, red--fall colors are my favorites!

5. Vegetation. I love pumpkins and squash and gourds and vines and apples and pears and pecans and acorns. Our next door neighbors have a garden and one of their pumpkins is growing on our side of the fence. I see it every time I look out my bedroom window and it makes me happy. I'm keeping an eye on it because we've had a few nights with temps in the 30s; I don't want it to freeze!

6. Cooking. I am so ready for some fall comfort food. I really try not to turn my oven on in the summer any more than I have to. I also can't stand eating "fall/winter" foods like soup and pot roast in the summer. I love to cook but I love it most in the fall.

7. Aspen trees. I like maples and elms and hickory trees too, but aspens are my very favorite. Their leaves turn the most beautiful shade of gold which is so striking in contrast to the white bark. The slightest fall breeze causes the aspen leaves to quake ever so gently, and it's one of my very favorite things in the world. Stunning. Yesterday afternoon, John and I planned a mountain drive for an upcoming weekend--all we need are for the trees to cooperate and turn colors! I hear that's beginning to happen at higher elevations. 
I took this picture in Cripple Creek, CO a few years ago. 

8. Crisp air. I love opening our windows and feeling the cool breeze blow through the house. I think crisp fall air even has it's own unique smell. 

9. Time change. I know lots of people don't like it getting dark at 5pm, but I love it. I love having an early dinner then putting on warm pjs and settling in for the night. Plus, after a summer of re-runs all the good television shows are back on in the fall! (I'm looking forward to Glee and Friday Night Lights. And really wishing we had a DVR).

10. Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I love the gingerbread lattes too but pumpkin spice is my fall favorite!

If you're feeling listy today, link up with a post of any ten things on your mind. The possibilites are limitless! Hope you all have a great weekend. Peace out, peeps.

19 comments:

Tricia said...

I love your post! I grew up in the Springs but now live in San Antonio, Tx. I do miss the fall weather. With the temperature still in the 90's here, fall doesn't happen until November, but it is a happy day when I can put on the big sweatshirt & not sweat!! Another mom at school who also grew up in the Springs realized she would get depressed each Sept/Oct. She finally realized it was because we are sitll in flip-flops and shorts in October and that is just not right :-) Enjoy the mountains, the cool crisp air, and the aspens for me!

Nancy said...

love your list. so many on yours would also appear on mine. #9 - the time change - when i get home from work and it's dark outside, it signals to my brain that i'm done for the day. i do like having dinner early and putting on pjs and warm socks to hang out in for the evening. unfortunately it's hard for me to stay motivated after dark to take care of things on the homefront.

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

We must have been separated at birth. Seriously, I love everything on your list! Especially football & the getting dark early. Fall is my favorite season. I just can't break out the fall items quite yet...we're still in the 80s here. But the cooler mornings have arrived! Yay!

lemonadegal said...

Love your list!! Fall is my favorite time of year. Oh, and I made the Fall mix this week for Girls Night Out at my house. :) It is so addicting!!

lemonadegal said...

Love your list!! Fall is my favorite time of year. Oh, and I made the Fall mix this week for Girls Night Out at my house. :) It is so addicting!!

Lauren said...

Bring on the Fall!!!!
I so wish I had a DVR too!!! I thought I was the only one without one, ha!

Rebecca said...

Love your Fall list!!!

OhioFamOf4 said...

Fall is my favorite! I just got my free birthday coupon from Starbucks and was pondering a pumpkin spice, but the gingerbread is my favorite so I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival.

I love darkness early, too. And yes, autumn air DOES smell different.

Christy said...

I love fall!

Sami said...

Have you see the cinnamon brooms? I saw one last night with the pumpkins and gourds at the grocery. It smelled divine. I'm trying to wait a little longer to get one but I'm not sure how long I can hold out!

*carrie* said...

Love your list, Mer. It's feeling fall-ish here, too. I got out my pumpkin decorations last week!

I started a 10 post, and only got half-way so will save it for another time. =)

Stephanie Marchbanks said...

It's Rebecca's BIRTHDAY!

gail said...

i'm so with you on this list! i'm ready for fall, cooler temps, pot roast, and special lattes (tho i'm not a big fan of pumpkin), football (did you see the nailbiter BSU vs VA tech? Go Broncos!

we love a bunch of summer shows on the cable channels so we don't get bored with summer reruns. but my new network favs are coming back: Chuck! and Human Target.

Leah in Iowa said...

Hope you don't mind that I linked to my list from last year. If it helps any, I still strongly believe in every single one! =)

Katrina said...

love your lists...fantasy football is one of my favorites! I in 2 leagues and enjoy it a lot!

Alisha said...

MMMmmm...Pumpkin Spice is my favorite too! I've been waiting and waiting for them and can't wait to get one this weekend!!

Sami said...

Linked it!

Kecia said...

I almost did this list! I do love fall, too...wish we weren't still having 90 degree weather, but I still have my scents and foods. :)

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Love this list, and love fall! Unfortunately, as you know firsthand, we won't have the kind of weather you're having for a couple of more months down here in the DEEP south! :) I am trying to fake it some though, I made some applesauce a day or two ago, and made taco soup for opening night football (Saints vs Vikings). I'm so ready for cooler temperatures!

I do the candy corn concoction in the fall, but just with peanuts and cc, will have to add Reese's this year, thanks! :)