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[vc_row pofo_enable_responsive_css=”1″ css=”.vc_custom_1600700800441{margin-top: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;}” responsive_css=”margin_top_desktop:0px|margin_bottom_desktop:0px|margin_top_tablet:2em|margin_bottom_tablet:-2em|margin_top_mobile:2em|margin_bottom_mobile:-2em”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”My 6 Favorite Things About Fall” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:1.85em|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”by Jessica E. Thomas | October 19, 2020″ font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:1em|text_align:left|color:%23606060″ google_fonts=”font_family:Raleway%3A100%2C200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800%2C900|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1603041556804{margin-top: -1.3em !important;}”][vc_column_text]Every season brings its own joys.

In winter, I love the snow (if we get any). People may think I’m insane, but I love sub-zero sunny January days, especially when there’s snow on the ground.

Spring brings the welcome relief of warmer temperatures and beautiful spring flowers, as well as young leaves and the occasional satisfying thunderstorm (assuming the storm doesn’t bring tornados).

Summer comes with outdoor parties, swimming, and bike riding.

But there’s something about fall.

I live in farm country, so fall represents the (hopefully) bountiful harvest after a long growing season. Before the harvest, the corn and soybean crops are allowed to brown and harden, providing a welcome contrast to the green tones of summer. This is just one of the many things I love about fall.

Below are some of my favorite things about the fall season, in no certain order.

#1: Visiting the apple orchard.

We go to a beautiful orchard about twenty minutes away that is a favorite autumn destination for much of the metro area. They offer u-pick apples, a corn maze, a kids playground, a farm store and sweet shop, and a café, along with hayrides and a pumpkin patch.

We like to take the kids every year and eat caramel apples along with apple cider slushies. To be honest, the prices are a bit steep, but it’s worth it to me to support a local business that brings so much joy to the local community.

The pumpkin patch.

#2: Carving pumpkins.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like indulging their inner child via carving a scary or silly face on a pumpkin.

My husband and I sit with the kids on the kitchen floor and do our best to keep the mess to a minimum, but some pumpkin guts and seeds always make it onto the floor. And that’s okay. Part of the fun is digging into the pumpkin and pulling out the slimy, stringy contents.

Since my daughter is only five, we have her draw a face on the pumpkin and then we cut it out for her. It always comes out with more character than the adults’ pumpkins!

#3: Watching Food Network Halloween programming.

I’m a sucker for Food Network’s Halloween programming. They knock it out of the park every year. I’m a longtime a fan of Halloween Wars and Halloween Baking Championship.

One of my new favorites is Haunted Gingerbread Showdown. I love the idea of using food to create art and I love seeing how the contestants interpret each challenge.

#4: Taking the kids trick or treating.

Of course, I love Halloween! I don’t usually dress up myself, but the kids do, and we take them in town for trick or treating.

We live in a small, but growing town with a rich history. The town’s main trick or treating strip is along a residential street that is still the original brick and is lined with wide, towering trees.

Many residents go out of their way to decorate their houses to make the trick or treating experience fun for the kids and the parents. It’s always a highlight of the fall season.

#5: Buying eyeshadow palettes.

I’m relatively new to eyeshadow and makeup, but it has quickly become one of my favorite things to indulge in during the fall. Indie makeup brands typically come out with fall and Christmas palettes so there is plenty to choose from.

I’m a sucker for the grungier colors which are often featured in fall palettes. Give me an olive green and a rich orange and I’m a happy camper.

My latest palette.

#6: Taking walks.

Some of my favorite summer days are in late-September when the crops are turning brown and the air is dry and warm. Those days often leak into October, which has been the case this year. Instead of going to the gym, I’ve made a point to take walks during lunchtime.

This year is the first year of my adult life that I’ve had a dog, so I have enjoyed the new experience of taking my pug, Alfredo, along with me. I enjoy the remaining wild flowers and the sound of dry, yellowing leaves blowing in the breeze.

Alfredo the pug.

I hope you have been enjoying the fall season as much as I have. We’ve had great weather this year that has allowed us to keep our windows open to bring in the fresh air. I’ve also enjoyed the waning light, which makes falling asleep early (which I prefer) a lot easier. Hopefully, Covid-19 isn’t throwing too big a wrench in your plans and you have been able to enjoy your traditions as usual.

So, what did I miss? What are some of your favorite things about the fall season?

I’d love to hear more about your favorite traditions![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1527384384451{padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″][pofo_feature_box pofo_feature_type=”featurebox8″ feature_box_preview_image=”featurebox8″ custom_icon=”1″ css=”.vc_custom_1527642674503{padding-top: 1em !important;padding-right: 1em !important;padding-bottom: 1em !important;padding-left: 1em !important;}” pofo_feature_title=”About the Author” custom_icon_image=”21332″]Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.[/pofo_feature_box][/vc_column][/vc_row]