This morning I experienced one of those close to perfect runs. There was a cool breeze, a variety of clouds and colors scattered about the sky, vibrant scenery with reds, yellows, and oranges starting to appear on the trees and shrubs, and a rain drop or two to perk me up every once in a while. It made for a good pace!
I live in one of those places where we experience very distinct seasons. Although the weather is fairly consistent with the time of year, there are times when we will experience a hot summer day during winter, and a cold snowy winter day during summer. I love the variety and unpredictability of temperatures in Bend – it keeps things interesting.
Summer is my favorite season here, followed closely by the autumn months. Now that it is September, I find myself extremely excited for the transition and change from hot to warm to crisp to cold. A few of the reasons why I am ready for fall…
First and foremost, the weather: Don’t get me wrong, I love those hot, sunny days that mandate sandals, shorts and summer dresses. However, even in the midst of summer I find myself sometimes craving a colder rainy day so I can cozy up inside and not feel guilty. I love that fall brings the crisp, cool air that enables long runs and bike rides that are both sweat and frostbite free. Plus, it is cool enough to savor hot coffee, apple cider, and hot cocoa at any point throughout the day. A few other things I enjoy about fall, in no particular order, are:
The Colors: I love the reds, oranges, yellows, and richness of color that accompanies the changing seasons. The trees, landscape, and décor – it reminds me of how timing and change is a beautiful thing.
Hello, Holidays: Fall is the start of a number of Holidays that I love to share with family and friends. From watching people get creative on Halloween, dressing up as anything and everything, to massive amounts of food spread over an extra large table surrounded by loved ones on Thanksgiving, these moments are anticipated year round. My favorite holiday is Christmas, thus my excitement starts to build in the months leading up to December 25. The lights, the snow, the music, tree cutting, gift giving, skiing, family, movies, games, and, most importantly, the celebration of Jesus. Plus, the Christmas décor that Costco displays in August is a great reminder that it is right around the corner…right?
Boots, Sweaters, Jackets, and Scarves: This girl loves her cool weather wardrobe. Finally I get to break into the side of my closet that has been awaiting my attention all summer long. I can’t wait to play with layers and statement accessories!
Getting Cozy and Reading: Who doesn’t like to cozy up under a fuzzy blanket, coffee nearby, good book in hand, while glancing out the window every so often at the brisk wind whipping through the trees? What I am currently reading…SO GOOD!
Everything Pumpkin: Lattes, pies, décor, candles, carving, beer, soaps, Cuppa Yo, Beaver uniforms (orange!!!), bread, candy corn, martinis, and of course, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Football: Thursday night, Friday night, all day Saturday, all day Sunday, and Monday night. It reminds me of that Depeche Mode song, “Just Can’t Get Enough.”
Movies: Now that the cooler, shorter days are among us, I look forward to cozying up with my hubby in the evenings and catching up on summer blockbusters and TV series. Yay Netflix! As an avid movie-goer, I love the new releases in theaters come fall. It seems like there is always a good variety of action, comedy, drama, and sci-fi. Here are a few at the top of my list this fall:
An Excuse to Slow Down: Let’s face it, due to the short summers in Bend I feel like everyone is in a hurry to fill their schedules from sun up to sun down, seven days a week. I fall victim to not wanting to miss a moment of sunshine and warm weather, thus the alarm goes off at 6am and by the time I go to bed at 11pm, I have managed to cram more into one day than I would in the span of an entire week in January. Running, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, summer concerts, happy hours, BBQs, dinners that stretch well past sunset, and on and on… I love being active and staying busy during the summer (got to take advantage) but by the end of September I am left feeling exhausted and in need of a day with “no plans.” Time to take a few days to relax, breathe, and enjoy.
What do you love about the fall?