As the days get shorter, the bees make their presence known and the air gets cooler, my favorite time of year is upon us. Fall! I have to say that after the hot summer that just passed, I am already loving fall and for more reasons then just the weather. Here are the top 12 things I love about the fall:
1. Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
Visiting the pumpkin patch on a warm sunny fall day is heavenly. It’s frankly my happy place. Nothing is better then the fall scenery, along with a pumpkin patch, tractor ride, farm animals, face painting and of course hot dogs and candy apples! I am thankful I have a young niece I can still tag along with on this excursion as my kids get older and decline my invite!
Soon after fall arrives it’s time to take out my stylish fedoras and rock them before the snow hits. I have a couple of great hats I love to throw on during the fall months, however the window to wear them can be pretty limited, so I need to take advantage asap. I also love a great slouchy beanie hat but those can be worn right into the winter months where as the fedora’s are limited to pre-snow weather and spring for me.
3. Open Windows
After what felt like a long hot summer with the air conditioning on 24/7 I am thoroughly enjoying having the windows open now. Fresh air and a cool breeze flowing through the house is divine. Even the smell of cool fresh air gets me excited, and it makes for a better nights sleep too! (especially when you are prone to hot flashes #this isforty)
4. Outdoor Fires
Although outdoor fireplaces are great during the summer, sometimes the evenings are just too hot to bother. Sitting by the fire in the fall with a blanket and glass of wine and some great tunes is so much better if you ask me!
5. Hockey Season
Although I usually regret saying this by about January, I do look forward to the kids hockey season starting once again. It’s nice to catch up with the parents and kids and bundle up with a hot tea while cheering on another season. The pandemic will have this season looking a little different but it will be nice to get back to a bit of normalcy.
7. Jeans and sweaters
I mean, do I even have to elaborate on this one? Throwing on a pair of jeans and a great sweater to head outdoors sans parka is something to take advantage of while we can. Jeans and sweater season doesn’t last long before sweatpants, turtleneck and toque season arrives for us in Canada!
8. Stylish Boots
As soon as fall hits my boots come out of hiding and they are here to stay until about March. I am huge fan of tall boots, and I wear them with everything from leggings, to dresses, skirts and jeans. They are a fall/winter wardrobe staple of mine and are super practical for cold, snow or rainy weather. The only downside is that they take so much more space then a pair of shoes…. making it harder to hide my collection from the hubby.
You know it’s fall when the mums are out front of every grocery, convenience and hardware store! No porch is complete in the fall without a beautiful mum on display along with some fall decor such as a cornstalk, some hay, or a great fall wreath. Fall is like a mini decor practice session before the holiday season arrives!
9. Thanksgiving dinner
Honestly, this is by far my favorite meal. And of course Thanksgiving is always a great time with the family, but I mean, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy!? Bring it on! I don’t think there has been a time when I haven’t gone for seconds, and I will buy a bigger turkey just for leftovers alone. It’s a meal that only comes along a few times a year, so I take full advantage and enjoy it to the max!
Of course latte’s are good all year round, but they are even better as weather gets cooler. Plus there are so many new options and flavors that become available once the seasons change. Whether you are looking for something to warm you up, for a caffeine fix, or just to sit and have some peace and quiet in the coffee shop while reading a book, fall is the time and I’m here for it.
11. Scary Movies
Ever since I was a child I have been a fan of scary movies. My friends hated coming to my house and having to watch all my gory favorites. Although, as I have gotten older I have found that I now have limits regarding what I will watch (cause as an adult you know some sh*t is real!) but I still love a good scary movie! It’s not fall if I don’t sit and watch Halloween, or Aliens at least once!
I actually have a love/hate relationship with fall leaves. Of course I love how they look, but I strongly dislike raking them!? With many large mature trees in my yard raking becomes quite the task and it seems to go on forever until the last leaf falls. That being said, driving through the countryside, or taking a nice hike in the fall makes for some pretty epic scenery and great photos with the beautiful and colorful leaves.
Do you love fall as much as I do? If so, what are some of the things you love about it? Please share because I would love to hear from you!