Autumn Begins

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  ~Albert Camus

“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening—no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air. “~Alexander Smith

Today is the first day of Autumn.  This is my favorite season after summer!  And, my favorite in my home state of Tennessee.

Pictured in the blog is Ian in his fall clothing investigating some treasures from a tree.  This was taken last fall as we were outside exploring and enjoying the changes that nature brings each autumn.

I love the change in color on the leaves — they turn from a brilliant greet to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges.  The new photo in the header is one from last fall in North Carolina.  Fall or autumn is as pretty there as in Tennessee.

Another thing I love about fall is football season, which is like a religion in East Tennessee.   Friday nights at the high school games cheering on the team and watching the marching  bands are a lot of fun!!  As the season continues, the evenings get cooler so blankets and heavier jackets are needed.  And in my hometown, the local pizza joint is packed with people wanting to eat and socialize before and after the games.

Spending Saturdays tailgating and watching the University of Tennessee games is normal for many people.  Bright orange and white is found everywhere – on flags in front of houses, on cars, and in clothing.  Whether you watch at the stadium or on your couch at home, It’s Football Time in Tennessee!!

Brisk mornings, warmer afternoons, and cool nights are also wonderful.  I love the lack of humidity and the cooler weather.  That is such a welcome contrast to the heat and humidity of the summer.  It is nice to wear a jacket in the morning and evening, with something lighter to wear in the warm afternoons.

The decorations in my neighborhood are always pretty in the fall — the leaves, hay, pumpkins, and other items are fun to see.  And people are once again able to enjoy an evening stroll since the weather is pleasant enough.

In my family, there is much to celebrate in the fall — many birthdays, including several nieces, several nephews, a cousin, my parents, and our son Ian.  And, my wedding anniversary is in the fall as well.  My family enjoys getting together for celebrations so there is a lot of time for us to have fun together.

It is always a treat to have the first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.  YUMMY!  I love the flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinnamon.  You can tell it’s fall by these tastes and smells.  And, hot chocolate, hot cider, and popcorn for an evening snack are to be treasured as well.

Wearing socks, long pants, and a jacket are a treat after sweating so much during the summer.  It is nice too to change shoes to something that covers the entire foot.  And figuring out a costume for Halloween is an adventure since Ian has so many ideas up until the big day.  Buying the candy too is part of it and we always have a lot of people in our neighborhood.  One year we even ran out of candy.

I do love the fall and think I always will.  I am so fortunate to live in a place that is absolutely gorgeous in the fall.

Hope you enjoy this wonderful season!!  I know that I will.

“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”  ~Edwin Way Teale

“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.” ~Terri Guillemets

“There ought to be a way to combine “autumn” and “morning” into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity.”~Terri Guillemets

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