Throwback Thursday – It’s Fall Y’all!

TT.Fall.1Can you believe that yesterday was the first day of fall?  I sure can’t.  The summer season flew by.  I do love fall though and always enjoy this time of year.  Happy Fall Y’all!

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to include a photo of Ian from fall 2011.  He turned 4 years old that year.

He was fascinated with these pine cones.  He was in a corduroy outfit and very curious. He is still curious about life around him and a great reader!

I just love the fall. This is my favorite time of year in Tennessee and North Carolina.  I love the brisk mornings and evenings, the warmer days, and the lovely blue skies. I love that there isn’t the humidity of summer, and even on rainy days, it’s okay since we can be inside and enjoying baking and relaxing.

TT.Fall.2A few things about fall/autumn that I love are:

  • My mom’s pumpkin bread
  • Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  • Pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies
  • Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Soups and chowder
  • Clear blue skies
  • Cool nights
  • Vibrant orange and red leaves
  • Football games
  • S’mores
  • Being outside without sweating the entire time
  • Shorter days and time inside together
  • Fall premieres of favorite television shows
  • Birthday and anniversary celebrations
  • The smells of apples, cinnamon, maple, and nutmeg
  • Brisk walks and bike rides
  • Soccer games
  • The World Series
  • The fun of a camp fire or bonfire
  • Hayrides and choosing a pumpkin for Halloween

A few quotes about fall/autumn:

  • “Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” ~Hal Borland
  • “Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.” ~Leo Tolstoy, to Nikolay Strakhov
  • “Somewhere along the way, I realized that the new year doesn’t begin for me in January. The new and fresh has always come for me in the Fall. Ironically, as leaves are falling like rain, crunching beneath my feet with finality, I am vibrating with the excitement of birth and new beginnings…. My year begins in Autumn.” ~Betsy Cañas Garmon
  • “Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.” ~Terri Guillemets

I wonder what this fall holds in store?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great one!

Thursday Tunes — Music of Summer

Dad_Patti_IanTomorrow, June 21, at 1 a.m. ish, Summer starts!

This is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  How about you?

Summer to me is about long days, having light until nearly 10 p.m., lightning bugs, gorgeous sunsets, watermelon and cantaloupe, water, s’mores, shorts, sunscreen, a floppy hat, and flip-flops.

I have loved going to the beach in the summer — from when I was a baby.

The picture on the left is me with my dad when I was less than a year old and the other photo is of my dad with Ian.  He was 8 months old in this picture.

Summer to me is also about music.

When I was growing up, my family often got together in the summer.  We’d be together for several weeks to a month.  And, part of that time that was so fun and special was our family sing-alongs.

We gathered around the piano in my grandparents’ family room.  My aunt played the piano and we all sang family favorites, camp songs, hymns, show tunes, and we always ended with “Brigadoon.”

Last summer my aunt transferred this piano to her home, so we had some time while it was on a truck to sing a few songs.  There we were in front of the beach house and on the side of the road singing.  It brought back so many fabulous memories.

There are also a lot of songs about the summer that I enjoy.  When I hear them, I think of the fun of summer and no school, vacation time, and time to relax.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Summer Wine” by The Coors
  • “The Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley
  • “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys
  • “Cruel Summer” by Banarama
  • “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
  • “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  • “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx
  • “California Girls” by The Beach Boys
  • “Summer Nights” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease

These songs make me happy when I hear them.  And, I sing along or dance with the music.

They put in mind of a cool ocean breeze, toes in the sand, and a favorite cocktail or other summery drink.

What are some of your favorites?  I’d love to hear about favorite songs and favorite things that you do in the summer.

I wonder what this summer will hold.  I know it will be fun times, but no trip to the beach this year.  Instead, we’ll have ice cream at home, go to our community pool, and spend time at our library.

Ahhhh, summer and life and the music are fun, distinctive, and easy!