I’m not going to lie, folks. September was somewhat of a meh month for me. Nothing bad or awful has happened. It just was — meh. Previously, I might have sunk into the meh for a long period, but I’m getting better at recognizing when it happens and pulling myself out, eventually. One way I do that is through gratitude and appreciating all the blessings in my life, so today I’m giving thanks for my favorite season: glorious Fall.
Dear Fall, Thank You for …
All the goodness you bring into my life every year.
Halloween Pet Costumes
I don’t dress up for Halloween myself, but I do make Max dress up. Why? Because it makes me laugh. And I am a mean Mama (Not true. I am a very indulgent Mama). I don’t have this year’s Halloween costume picked out yet, but here are a few highlights from previous years.
Clearly, MaxE loves dress-up. Or not.
Delicious Fall Food
I can’t wait to pour myself a mug of hot caramel apple cider. Or pumpkin spice latte (FYI – the leftovers make great pumpkin french toast). I believe if everyone just ate some apple crisp with salted caramel sauce or my apple galette with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, the world would automatically get better.
It’s been hot in LA lately, but when it cools down, I’m making a big pot of beef barley soup and chicken gnocchi soup, both made conveniently in the crockpot too. Nothing beats coming home (or working from home) and enjoying a big, hearty bowl of soup. My pumpkin chickpea curry is quite divine too. And I don’t even like curry. 🙂
The Colorful Fall Foliage
It’s incredibly beautiful, but I don’t see much of it these days. Where I live, many of the trees don’t have leaves that change color, which is both a bummer and okay because I love the colors of Fall but hate the barrenness of Winter.
I took this picture this weekend. It won’t really change much. Ever.
The Return of Cooler Temperatures
LA is fairly temperate, depending on where you live. Since I live in a beach city, it typically stays cooler and can heat up dramatically the further inland you go. But even by the beach, August and September can still get pretty hot, especially when you’re a heat wimp. This year was decent until Summer decided to remind us how hot she can be last week. I get it. I get it. You’re a beast. Now go away and let the cooler temperatures roll in and stay here for the next 9 months or so.
This was last Wednesday. Today it is supposed to 70-something. I should stop complaining. Probably won’t.
This may strike some of you as weird but I start my Christmas planning early. And not Christmas shopping in July or even really saving your pennies for Christmas presents (although both are smart). But I plan what I’m going to make and eat for the holidays because my life revolves around food (and Max). I ponder what cookies and treats will I bake (caramels are a must!) to bring home or give to friends? I look for various recipes for all the holiday gatherings we host to go over with my Mom.
This is technically from last year. But still full of yummy holiday goodies!
A few years ago, I started making some DIY gifts, so I’m trying to figure those out now too. I’ve pinpointed two options and continue to pretend that it’s not tacky to have your parents help you build their Christmas gift. 🙂 I’m not super handy or crafty but like to think I am. My parents have kindly chosen to not disabuse me of that notion.
Thus far, the TV shows that I am enjoying are This is Us and Speechless and recommend both. Westworld looks really good but I don’t have HBO. Most Fall movie fare leans towards Oscar bait, which really isn’t my jam. I am, however, interested in La La Land (and not just because of Ryan Gosling) and Lion. Book-wise, as of now, the only new release on my radar is from Allen Eskens.
I’m always open to recommendations — TV shows, movies and books — so share any you think I might like!
A Few Fall Things That Make Me Cranky
Cranky may be a bit harsh but these are the things that annoy me in the Fall.
- Daylight savings. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
- Election coverage. Need I say anymore?
- People who wear winter coats, scarves and gloves in LA when it is 70 degrees outside. Dude, no. I know what real cold is and that ain’t real cold.
- No more roadside strawberries stands until February. Boo-hoo.
- Snow and ice. Oh wait. I don’t deal with that any more. 😉
Sayanora Heat and Hello … More Sunshine.
Well, at least, I hope so. It will happen eventually. All-in-all, I’m hoping Fall will help put a little pep in my step and send the blahs away. I’m sure if I focus on the many things I love about Fall, they will no longer find me a hospitable host. After all, it is hard to stay down for too long when it’s a beautiful 70 degrees outside and I’m wearing shorts and flip-flops because I’m not a weather wimp. 😀
What are your favorite things about Fall? Or your least favorite thing about Fall?