What makes your fall the best? Here is a list of the season's must-haves for me:
That's pretty much it. The only thing that would make those things better is to have family or friends enjoy them with me. Of course, it goes without saying that fall pleasures are always better when shared with a friend. But they can also be enjoyed by one's self, if time alone is what one needs. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that my hubby and I took a day trip to North Georgia this past weekend. Temps dipped down into the 30's and November roared into Georgia like a lion. It is rare to have such low temperatures this early in the south, but we didn't let that stop us. We put on our semi-winter attire and enjoyed a full day of leaf-spotting, some really great food on the way, and a little Seals & Crofts for our driving pleasure. Even the 20-mile-per-hour winds couldn't dampen our sense of adventure. Below are a few images I captured. Glorious color!
Visit to the North Georgia foothills...check!
Now, for hiking at my local state park...will these gorgeous images do? It's been fun watching the metamorphosis taking place there with the trees and foliage. Crunching through the leaves that have already fallen is also a pleasure. It is solitude at its finest hour, even if you're with a friend.
Hiking at my local state park...check! (Hopefully there will be lots more of that in the next month...)
Unfortunately, I am not able to have a roaring fire because the last house we bought to flip and are now living in (which I happen to love and will probably live in at least a couple of years if not longer) has no fireplace! What? You got it, no fireplace. This will be one of our improvements, believe me, if I have anything to do with it. How in the world do you keep the homefires burning with no fireplace? But very soon I am taking another fall getaway up to my favorite fall-getaway place, Blue Ridge, Georgia (see my Weekend Getaway Page under Travel for more info on Blue Ridge). And I am almost feeling guilty (just almost) to get the chance a second time to indulge in all the autumn beauty, but definitely not so guilty that I won't go. It's the annual trip I take every fall with four of my best gals and it seals the fall package for me. We have a great lodge we visit when there and it houses the largest fireplace ever! You have to sit a distance from the flames because they just might singe your eyebrows and that would be bad because everyone needs their eyebrows. Once when we were dating and I had not put on my makeup, my hubster asked me where my eyebrows were. But that's another story for another time. I am quite sure I'll get my "fireplace fix" at the lodge in North Georgia. And probably my hot cocoa fix as well!
As for today, I am working on the chili fix. When the temps drop and the time changes back from daylight savings to eastern, there's just nothing better to warm your heart and soul than a big 'ol pot of chili -- heavy on the ground turkey, please! So as fall turns into harvest (or is it harvest to fall?), I would say I'm well on my way to completing my yearly fall bucket list. I call it my bucket list because, without these foods, scents, and experiences, my season really "falls" short. You might even say it's "dead in the water." Don't you just love clichés? Maybe not.
Happy fall, everyone!!
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