Since forever, I have sort of dreaded Fall, and, more to the point, Winter. I don’t have anything specifically against Fall other than it proceedeth directly into Winter. By the way, that reminds me of one of our favorite lines from Monty Python and the Holy Grail in reference to the Holy Hand Grenade:
“And the LORD spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin, then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”
Anyhow, Fall isn’t my problem so much and as I am typically an optimist, I decided to make a real concerted effort this Fall to find as many positive things as I can. It wasn’t actually all that hard to find good things in Fall…there is Apple Cider, pumpkin spice cappuccino from the gas station, well actually…pumpkin spice everything/everywhere, Novembeard (1,2,3), changing leaves, and the end of gardening and late-night canning.
We carved pumpkins this year…well, sort of. Abigail and I carved pumpkins this year anyhow. We pulled out all of all of the seeds and roasted them. It’s hard to beat roasted pumpkin seeds. I remember in second grade when my teacher, Mrs. Kuhn, made roasted pumpkin seeds…I am pretty sure she cooked them right in class…maybe in bacon grease for all I know…they were so good that the memory has stuck with me so well. I doubt that would be allowed any more. Anyhow, we had exquisite pumpkins this year and they were a good price as well…that’s rare!
Fall means an end to mowing the lawn. Well, nowadays, it means an end to watching Isaac mow the lawn. Either way, I am good.
I am also delighted when Fall rolls around because our bath towels dry in what seems like a matter of minutes. The air is definitely dryer and, while that drives many people nuts, I like the fact that I can pretty much count on a dry towel at any time…am I weird about that?
So dear friends, Fall is here and I am pretty ok with it. There is lots of awesome stuff all around and I am determined to find it this season. I’ll just keep drinking my pumpkin-spice cappuccinos from the gas station along with all of the girls in their Ugg boots and down vests…say, do they make those boots in men’s sizes?