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It's Officially Fall Y'all!


While not for everyone, this is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year! I love everything about this season, and only wish that it lasted as long as our brutally long winters do. There is something magical about autumn... the cool crisp air, the way you can hear the leaves drying out on the trees and that delectable sound they make when the wind blows them. Apples ripe for picking, pumpkins and gourds of any shape, size and color you could want! Air finally void of the depressive weight from humidity and replaced instead with air that feels cool on your face allowing you to take in the warmth of the sun into your soul, without forcing you inside to keep from overheating. Sweaters, jeans, scarves, bonfires, warm drinks and the ability to be outside without mosquitos!


The colors of the leaves are so beautiful and vibrant, ranging from bright oranges, reds and yellows to the palest of browns and greens. It is almost as if the trees get a chance to show off to each other; if only for a few weeks out of the year. A competition of sorts between themselves of who can have the biggest and brightest display of leaves and who will be able to hold onto theirs the longest. What always amazes me each year is how the trees will suddenly, even though they are getting ready to go dormant for the winter, seem to be the most alive you have seen them all year! Their colors proudly on display as the sun catches and plays with the leaves, only making the majesty of it all that much more delectable!


I find myself unable to stay inside during the fall. I want to be outside all day and late into the night. I want to walk in the leaves, hearing that irresistible crunch beneath my feet. I want to smell the air, full of new flavors, that only come with this time of year. I want to visit every pumpkin patch and see all of the varieties that each carry, and of course, always on a mission to find the 'Great Pumpkin' for that year. I want to sit on my porch and feel the cool breeze on my face as I am wrapped up in my long sweater with a hot cup of apple cider in my hands. I want to see the excitement and joy in the neighborhood kids' faces as they come to our house to look at the Halloween decorations we have displayed. I want to have a bonfire every chance we get, relishing in the warmth it provides on a chilly dark evening... taking in the sounds and the beauty of the fire itself; the dance the flames make and the mystical colors that seem to be created as the fire licks the air and produces crackling coals beneath, the smoke signaling to the neighbors that they too want to make a fire and maybe make s'mores with their family.


I love decorating for fall, so much so that I can't just do it from October to December. I will often start peppering in some decor starting around August. I will sneak in a pumpkin here and there, get out the Halloween magazines (Martha Stewart) that I collect, then maybe some candy corns in a jar mixed with dry roasted peanuts (if you haven't tried this... you should! It tastes like a Pay Day bar), or start using one of my Halloween coffee mugs. By September I have gotten the totes from storage that house ALL of the fall decorations, and I begin decorating the inside of the house only. God bless my amazingly patient and understanding husband, and he knows that this brings me great joy, and he never complains or frets over the idea of it being ninety degrees outside with BBQ's happening all around us, yet inside it is PSL season with tricks and treats fully on display.


Our outside decor has started to become a yearly event on our block. While I am almost certain that the first year I lived here, they must have thought me to be crazy as they were mowing their lawns and walking around in tank tops and shorts, as I was outside putting up ghosts and old fashioned blow mold pumpkins. What they quickly learned though was that the main decoration would change with each year. They now seem to start asking me in August what this year's theme will be, and are usually quick to come over and see the results once they are done. We have families that will pose in front of our displays for pictures and kids that run to our house each year to see the 'Halloween house' first on their yearly quest for the most candy.


Fall also brings me extremely found memories. As a kid, I remember helping my dad rake all of our leaves into giant piles, only for him to then let me jump and run through them for hours at a time, until he finally said it was time to burn them. Oh, the smell of those burning leaves! I loved that smell, and still do to this day. I remember sitting on the garage floor, newspapers splayed underneath a giant, bright orange pumpkin. Mom would take one of those giant magic markers (if you grew up in the early 80s'... you can probably smell this description!) and draw a face on the pumpkin, then leave dad and I to carving it. He would tease me with slimy pumpkin guts to the face, patiently helping me carve my pumpkin and separate the seeds for baking. We would then take it inside and put it ceremoniously into the center of the kitchen table, turn off all of the lights in the room, and light the candle, turning what was once a beautiful orange vegetable, into a magical Jack-o-Lantern! To this day, one of my favorite traditions remains of keeping one of our carved pumpkins inside for an evening so that we can watch the soft glow of our new friend that we brought to life.


I love decorating for fall, so much so that I can't just do it from October to December. I will often start peppering in some decor starting around August. I will sneak in a pumpkin here and there, get out the Halloween magazines (Martha Stewart) that I collect, then maybe some candy corns in a jar mixed with dry roasted peanuts (if you haven't tried this... you should! It tastes like a Pay Day bar), or start using one of my Halloween coffee mugs. By September I have gotten the totes from storage that house ALL of the fall decorations, and I begin decorating the inside of the house only. God bless my amazingly patient and understanding husband, as he knows that this brings me great joy, and he never complains or frets over the idea of it being ninety degrees outside with BBQ's happening all around us, yet inside it is PSL season with tricks and treats fully on display. s has literally always been my favorite time of year, and hopefully my joy for this season has, and will continue, to be passed down to my neighbors, clients, family and friends, so that even long after I am gone, the legacy of the Cookie Lady can continue...that maybe they will be the ones putting up the fun yard decorations and making the kids on the street homemade cookies, telling their stories of what they feel makes this time of year their favorite as well!











This year's yard display... just two guys out on a fun ride through the neighborhood!

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