Well, guys, "Fall Day 2012" is in the books.
HERE for the explanation), the better it becomes. I think we're getting the hang of it. The proof for the non-believers, by the way, is in the pudding...or in this case, the Pumpkin Spice Lattes that Starbucks just happens to release for the first time on national Fall Day. Coincidence? I think not.
September 1st, Fall Day, is a day of wonderment, of enchantment...of magic.
The day began with Jerr waking up to take the boys (we take turns on the weekend so each of us sleep as late as we'd like one day a week) and since I'm a Lazy Bones McGee I slept until 9:30. Then we all drove to Starbucks for our first annual Pumpkin Spice Lattes (well, make that a stiff apple juice and sweet baby smiles for half of us). Once we got home we decorated for fall, picked up some Sam Adams Octoberfest lager to enjoy with dinner, and Roman and I made pumpkin pie. It included things like Scentsy Pumpkin Roll wax, Glade pumpkin air freshners for the bathrooms, pumpkins that Roman still insists on counting several times a day, fall pillows on the couch, scarecrows named Andrew by the front door, berry wreaths, leaves sprinkled on any and all flat surfaces, black crows, round-bottomed gourds, and wishes for a "Happy Harvest" strewn about. Some call it overboard. I call it love.
I know, I dive hard into Fall Day. It's because I have always loved the fall. It's cozy to my heart. There is something about a time of year that involves sweaters you can sink into, boots that make your step a little more playful, hot beverages that steam when taken outside in the cold, chilly air that makes you squeeze your coat a little tighter, the vibrant COLORS of the leaves that crunch under your boots, the way the Appalachian Mountains look when decorated with those crunchy tumbling beauties, the "big holidays" like Thanksgiving and Christmas that loom closer and you can feel the festive static energy starts to hum....I love it. And oh, how I miss it. It's been 3 years since I've experienced fall in any capacity but 5 years since I've had a good, long, East Coast fall. And so a girl has to do what a girl has to do to recreate that when she feels so far from home.
I never mind the tropical island breezes April through August because 80's and clear, blue skies make a mighty fine summer, but during the 'ember months I really start to get homesick. This year was special because it was filled with all the dreams of what next year's fall will include: pumpkin patches (I know we have them here but it's not the same), apple picking, real orchard apple cider, cool nights, the smell of fall, and on and on I could go. But I will say this: this year's Fall Day kicked the PANTS off of any past Fall Day ever- and there have been 5.
To quote Monica from FRIENDS, "In your face, last year's me!"
Saturday's moments were perfect- not the least of which were all the "Happy Fall Day" texts, fb posts, tweets, and messages from others who were celebrating with me! One of the coolest things about social media is how close it allows friends to stay, how well you can get to know new friends, and how much "home" still seems to make it's way to you. :):):)
It was perfect and wonderful and I'm still enjoying a home smothered in fall magic. I think our next coffee date will have to include some pumpkin pie...
or pumpkin coffee cake.....
..................or pumpkin bread.....
.....................or pumpkin coffee........
someone make it stop.
No, don't. It hurts so good.