Oh friends, I am actually giddy! Why? Oh, because it’s finally fall! After the misery that is a North Carolina summer we get this little glimpse of paradise: a magical time known to the natives as FALL.
Please do yourself a favor and play this song as you continue reading. You’re welcome:
It should be noted that summer is the worst. If I wanted to live in a place where temps reach 100 degrees with humidity so thick you can’t breathe properly than I would move to Florida or Cuba. As I have chosen to live in the United States (yeah, I do not count Florida as a part of the United States, sorry to my family who lives down there) it must be assumed that I do not wish to live in a sub-tropical climate. And yet for 3-6 months (depending on the severity of our punishment) North Carolina feels as though somebody has lit it on fire. For anybody not familiar with the humidity of the south, please imagine walking through a waist-deep swamp, but with a heat lamp perpetually 2 feet above your head. It’s the worst. Summer, I hate you!
But then fall comes around and restores joy and balance back to the world!
September rolls in and I start to get excited. Then the first day of cool weather occurs and I actually get giddy. And then fall officially begins (as we all know) with the first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.
So why is fall the best? Well that is a ridiculous question hypothetical person. Fall is the best for so many reasons. Allow me to list them out.
1. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!!! It’s freakin everywhere! Pumpkin flavored coffee and muffins and scones and soup and creamer and bread and candy and donuts and and and!!! Holy run-on-sentence, it’s amazing. Not to mention the pumpkin decorations everywhere, but more on that later.
2. It’s later: Pumpkin decoration and that wonderful Jack-o-Lantern carving. Carving a pumpkin is an art and I take it super, scary serious. So serious, in fact, that it shall be an entirely separate post closer to the holy holiday of Halloween.
3. Leaves. I’m an unashamed tourist in all ventures, so of course I make a pilgrimage to Boone each year to see the leaves change in the mountains.
4. Clothes can be cute again. No more wearing as little as possible bc the sun is punching you in the face. Bring back those sweaters and scarves and boots. No more summer-induced albino shame. Wrap it all up snug. Plus, you smug tan people with your skin-pigmentation become just like the rest of us…unless you’re from Jersey.
5. Bonfires. Cold night+fire=lovely night.
6. Tailgates. Notice I didn’t say football, I very specifically said tailgates. Outdoor cooking and hanging out in the cool air, perfection!
7. I get weirdly in to country music for 2 months.
8. SOUP! All hail the crockpot!
9. Shorter days. Calm down outdoorsy people! Get a blanket and enjoy the off season.
10. Farmer’s Markets.
11. I suddenly want to bake all the time (and of course, it’s all pumpkin flavored!)
12. STATE FAIR. Where else can you eat your body weight in fried dough and sugar, ride rides that make you want to throw that food up, get too close to livestock and see the bearded lady.
13. Fall festivals, corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches, apple picking.
14. The air gets cool and I love to be outside. I pretend that I’m going to be active, but I’m really just going to be hammocking.
15. Apple cider and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Finally you can drink hot beverages without hating your life. And for a brief window there are drinks for those of us who don’t like coffee but still need to be at Starbucks to steal wifi.
16. Everything is Orange!!!
17. Blankets! Cuddling!
18. Charlie Brown holiday specials start. (The real ones, not like ‘It’s Flag Day, Charlie Brown’. The Great Pumpkin, he will rise from the most sincere pumpkin patch)
19. I dress my dog up. No, I will not apologize for it. She gets cold and so I absolutely bought her a sweatshirt. Not to mention all the Halloween costumes (more on that later in the Halloween post). Don’t you judge me, she’s gorgeous!
20. Training for the holiday-eating-marathon that is about to commence. Halloween–>Thanksgiving–>Christmas–>New Year–>(and Valentine’s Day, if you observe that holiday…which I do).
21. To accommodate the eating marathon just mentioned we embrace our non-judgmental sweatpants. Oh my sweatpants, you never let me down. Your elastic waistband makes everything okay.
22. And last but not least, my families annual trip to Boone and Blowing Rock!
I absolutely LOVE fall!! It’s the best time of the year. Is there a place where it feels like fall all year long, because I will absolutely move there within the week…I bet if there is it’s in Canada, maybe that’s why they’re such a happy, peaceful people?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bundle up and enjoy!!!
Tracy Combs you make me so happy