Crisp Fall Mornings…

It’s Fall! Finally! Unfortunately, the weather here has yet to hear the news. While it’s not in the high 90’s it’s still in the low 90’s. Fall and Winter have to be my favorite times of the year. The days are cooler and the overall attitude of society seems to improve.

The holidays seem to bring out the best in everyone. Halloween is always fun for people watching and chocolate, of course! Thanksgiving begins the orgy of food for my family. Thursday morning, I get up and get my dishes ready for the parties. By 11 am I’m at the first family get together. Bring on the turkey and mashed potatoes! Then we’re out of there and on our way to another party for my family around 2 pm. In order not to insult the host and hostess, I typically eat another small plate of scrumptious casseroles and dressings. When 4 pm hits, my husband and I are on our way across town to see his parents. Unfortunately, his mother normally cooks enough food for 20 people, but there’s only 4 of us (6 when his brother and sister-in-law are home). My stomach is begging me NOT to shove anymore food in. Alas, I eat another tablespoon of turkey and a roll so his mother isn’t disappointed (she normally is though because we don’t eat enough!). We get home around 8 and fall into a food induced coma for the rest of the evening.

We get a month to recover until Christmas, my favorite holiday. The sounds, sights, and smells bring back such lovely memories and always leave me smiling. Christmas shopping is the one challenge I look forward to the most. It is my personal goal to find the perfect gift for my loved ones. There is always the one person that I stew over and end up just finding something the week of Christmas because “that” gift has eluded me. It takes everything I have not to give the gifts out as I find them! It’s not the gift, it’s the reaction that stays with me.

Thankfully our Christmas parties are spread over two days. This gives me ample time to recover before having to dig into the endless dishes between visits. Christmas usually brings twice the amount of desserts than Thanksgiving, but I’m ok with that!

While it’s only September 23rd, I’m already looking forward to the organized chaos over the next couple of months. Is it wrong that I’m already listening to Christmas music?!

Happy Autumn!

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