While I am never quite ready to say
goodbye to summer, I have to admit, I am enjoying this cooler
I bought a new pair of fuzzy slippers
to step into on these cold mornings when I don't want my feet to
touch the floor. I have two new sweaters. I dug my boots out from
last year; bought the kids new winter coats; I even bought myself a
pair of gloves with the fingers cut out (so I can still use my smart
I have to say, bring it on FALL.
I love football. I love watching the
sun set behind the mountains when the trees are bright reds and
yellows and oranges. I love cookouts with roasted hotdogs and
marshmallows. I even love stacking the winter hay up in the barn.
I love pumpkins and hayrides and
wrapping up in a quilt. I love fall festivals and craft fairs and
live music outdoors.
I love cooking this time of year. The
kitchen smells like pumpkin pie spice and banana bread and cinnamon.
We are drinking hot chocolate again.
There are purple and red and yellow
mums on the porch. Two flowerpots have little straw scarecrows stuck
in them. We bought our first little pumpkins. The kids decorated them
with stickers. We'll buy a big one to carve for Halloween - maybe
we'll buy two or three.
We're getting our costumes ready for
Halloween. Zeb wants to be a cowboy riding a horse. Last year he was
a horse (are you seeing a pattern?). Taylor hasn't said what she
wants to be but I'm thinking a Disney princess or a fairy. Of
course she'll hate whatever I pick out - it's already starting!
I haven't decided on my costume yet.
One year I went as a mummy. I wrapped myself in toilet paper. It
didn't work out too good. I left a trail of toilet paper everywhere
I went. Things got even worse when it rained.
My birthday and my wedding anniversary
are in the fall and it has been our tradition to hit the lake with a
bottle of muscadine grape juice, some bologna sandwiches and one or
two dogs and/or kids. Will's wooden lake boat is the best seat in
the world on a beautiful fall day.
Just remember, things are only going to
get more hectic as Thanksgiving and Christmas sneak up on us. I think
I heard Sharon Livingston say something about Christmas being 11
Take the time now to enjoy sitting on
the porch with a cup of warm apple cider, jumping in a pile of
leaves, or going camping. It will be a whole year before we can do
all these things again!
Melissa Kinton is a stay-at-home mom.
She is currently rearing one son, one daughter, two cats, two horses,
three dogs, and one husband. She may be reached at