It is *finally* the first day of Autumn. Don't you just love it. I'm eagerly anticipating falling leaves, apples and pumpkins, Halloween, G's birthday, and Thanksgiving. . . Thank you to Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight for this meme. Tag yourself if you have a blog.
When does fall begin for you? The first day of September.
What is your favorite aspect of fall? How this season has such a unique way of capturing the senses. Bright changing leaves look lovely against the gray sky. Burning wood and leaves never smell so good at any other time of year. The crunch of dried up leaves under my feet as I walk. Tasty apple and pumpkin goodies mixed with the perfect dose of cinnamon lure me. And, ah, the feel of thick warm sweater paired with a cold north wind against my face is like no other.
What is your favorite fall memory? G's birth. It was a typically dreary fall day, full of rain and gray skies; but he was a bright ray of sunshine -- my first-born.
What do you like to drink in the fall? While I love hot cider, I had a frozen cider slushie at a farm-market two years ago and thought it was to-die-for. I'm gonna have to figure out how to make my own.
What's your favorite fall food? Just one? We have a traditional "First of Fall" meal here: Harvest Stew with crusty bread and butter followed by a Perfect Apple Pie topped with Butter Pecan Ice Cream. I'll post the recipes later. We're having it Saturday when we'll celebrate the first weekend of Autumn.
What is fall weather like where you live? This is our first fall in South-Central Pennsylvania. Hoping it cool and crisp with gloomy gray skies and changing leaves.
What color is fall? Red and orange leaves, scarlet and golden mums, blue Michaelmas daisies, and gray skies.
What does fall smell like? Smoke, baked goods, and tangy applesauces and ciders.
Holiday shopping in fall: yes or no? Eh, I'd rather be baking. But the shopping must get done -- *before* Thanksgiving.
If you could go anywhere in the fall, where would you go? I sort of miss the beauty of the Blue Ridge when the leaves change.
What is your favorite fall sport? Football, I suppose. I prefer a local high-school football game though.
Do you have a favorite fall chore? Raking leaves. . . so as to jump into them, of course.
What is your least favorite thing about fall? Unfortunately, I had an emotionally rough fall many years ago. The fight to keep those memories from putting a damper on the season has, fortunately, gotten much easier over time.
What is your favorite fall holiday? Thanksgiving, of course.
What's your favorite kind of pie? All of them? Actually, I love a good Shoo-Fly Pie with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream -- but I'm not sure that has much to do with fall.
What was your favorite Halloween costume? I just remember seeing pictures of myself when I was four or five in a Raggedy Ann costume that, I believe, my mom made. I don't remember how I felt about it then, but the pics look great.
What was your favorite Halloween candy? Mary Janes and those cheap, chewy, filled-with-fake-peanut butter candies that are wrapped in orange and black.
What was your least favorite Halloween candy? Chewing gum that goes under the guise of bubble gum. You know that stuff that begins to give your jaw cramps after about a minute of chewing?
Which do you prefer, the Farm or the Fair? The farm.
Do you have a favorite fall book? Fall always puts me in the mood for Anne of Green Gables.
How about a favorite fall poem? How 'bout music? Fall also always puts me in the mood for James Taylor.