Summer is coming to an end in Central Texas and I couldn’t be happier! I just met our local TV weatherman and he said we will see colder and colder weather from here on out. We may even see snow with this huge storm that’s passing through south of us. Or something like that. I didn’t understand his terminology, so I just nodded and threw in a “cold front” and a “northern hemisphere” whenever I could.
I don’t hate summer… I just can’t have a lot of it.
It’s like cake. It’s delicious and oh so tempting, but if you get too much of it, you wind up with a tummy ache. Now cold weather is more like ice cream. And I’m going to ignore the duh-it’s-frozen attitude you’re giving me right now. I absolutely adore ice cream and I don’t think I could ever eat too much of it.
Much like fall. So I’ve come up with a few of my favorite things about this time of year.
Besides introducing the word “crisp” back to my vocabulary, the start of cold weather means the start of all that is great in this country. First of all, it brings the holidays. It starts with my birthday, then there’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and even Valentine’s day. Plenty of opportunities to gather with the people you love. And the cold forces you to stay inside and snuggle.
With the holidays comes all of these great smells. Go with me on this. Warm and inviting smells like pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, apple, and… heck I’ll say it… turkey! If you don’t understand what I’m saying, walk into any Pier 1 Imports and just take a whiff! You may die of inhalation, but at least you’ll go out understanding what I’m saying and therefore you will have lived more fully.
The fall also brings football, but to spare you 30 pages of reading I’ll just leave it at that.
Winter clothes. Boots, jackets, scarves, jeans, legging… I love them all! I’m no fashionista and I definitely don’t have the money to afford all of this but I love these clothes. Snuggly, classy, tailored clothes.
Fires. Can you get the pyromaniac thought out of your head? I’m talking about gathering around a fireplace. My family used to have indoor picnics in the winter. We would do all the things you would do with a bonfire, complete with s’mores but inside with a good movie. Of course I don’t have a fireplace now, but a good candle can sometimes take the place of a roaring fire.
And beginning next year, I will be able to say colder weather means wedding anniversary. However this year is just about planning, planning… and more planning.