Here in the Northeast, we just got our first real shot of serious cold weather. It was not a warm summer, but it lasted for a while. Finally over the past week or two, fall rolled in. As I write this, my radiators are coming alive for the first time in months, banging and hissing like…I dunno. A box full of snakes with hammers? Plus, we’re getting a full-on nor’easter, complete with cold, driving rain that has turned to snow where my little brother lives, two hours northeast of NYC. Oh yeah…autumn has arrived.
It is not my favorite season, I’m afraid. I don’t like the shortening days, which have me getting up in the dark and coming home in the dark. I like spring flowers better than autumn leaves. I’m much happier in warmer weather and prefer sundresses to wool sweaters.
That said, there are definitely things I love about fall. Crisp apples and bright orange butternut squashes at the farmer’s market. Football. The way the one tree right across from my living room window turns flaming bright red. Pumpkin muffins at the local bakery. My all-time favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Plus, I’m off to a wedding in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley next weekend, where the leaves will be at their brightest and love will be in the air.
What’s your favorite thing about fall? What are you most looking forward to this fall?