My favorite time of year

I love Fall. The weather changes, but still provides glimpses of Summer and Winter. The occasional 90 degree day could be in the same week as the first frost. (Note: I can’t wait for the first frost, so we can get rid of these flies.)

Leaves start changing, and we’re getting the first hints in the Boise area. Geese are forming into huge flocks. Rumor has it they’re supposed to fly south, but many stay here all year. The neighbors’ sunflowers all died and drooped. The local squirrel has been having a great time with them.

I can usually find a few cheesy movies to watch this time of year. I like the really dumb ones. Watching for you, Little Shop of Horrors, and tell Young Frankenstein he’s on deck.

One of the best new things about Fall is pumpkin – everything. We’ve already worked our way through a bag of pumpkin M & Ms. My wife bought me a bag of pumpkin Oreos, and they’re pretty good. Today I had a pumpkin spice latte. I never drink fancy coffee, but pumpkin spice was enough to draw me in.

We went to the Boise Co-Op so I could look for pumpkin beers. Pumpkin beers are one of my favorites, and I’ve been enjoying them for weeks already. The Co-Op always has a broad selection of things, so we drove downtown.

I wound up with about five different ones. My beer palate is in the neighborhood of porters and stouts; those black thick beers that use roasted grains. Lo and behold, I bought a pumpkin porter and a pumpkin stout. If someone ever brews a pumpkin dopplebock I’ll buy several cases and move to the mountains for a week.

My wife hasn’t even started baking yet. She usually whips up a pumpkin goodie or two, and she’s an outstanding cook.

Maybe a bowl of pumpkin soup, a pumpkin porter, with pumpkin bread for dessert. Then I can watch an old Bruce Campbell movie as the evening entertainment.

What’s your favorite season? What’s your favorite thing about Fall?

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37 responses to “My favorite time of year

  1. Has to be summer. Reading and writing outside under a warm sun, can’t beat it.

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  2. I guess I’m just not a true fall devotee, since I don’t like pumpkin-anything. Not even pumpkin spice lattes. No pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin candy or cookies, pumpkin ice cream. And as to calling “Young Frankenstein” cheesy? Seriously, man, “Young Frankenstein is one of the best movies ever! “Little Shop of Horrors” (all versions) are, I agree, pretty cheesy, Or, at best, campy.

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  3. I share your love for fall, and all the pumpkin themed goods that entails. I may be biased because I was born in the fall, too. In any case, seeing leaves fall gives me greater urgency to finish writing by the end of this year.

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  4. My son found out he is highly allergic to pumpkin when we visited him a couple of years ago and he was carving pumpkins with his niece. he broke out in hives and couldn’t breathe. Benedryl worked.

    I like pumpkin seeds, especially dropped onto butternut squash soup. maybe I’ll make some tomorrow to get me in the fall mood. I posted my only fall pictures a couple of days ago from the cabin in NC. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get up there this fall. Bummer.

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    • Squash, melons, cucumbers; they’re all related. My mother is allergic to pumpkin. I developed an allergy to both musk melon and watermelon. I hope my clock isn’t ticking on pumpkin. I’ll be very disappointed.

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  5. I think this is the first time I’ve enjoyed the comments as much as the post, Sam-I-Am. I love fall as well. There’s just something about the smell of the changing leaves that makes the world a little more magical. My personal favorite fall movie is Arsenic and Old Lace. I didn’t know pumpkin M&Ms were a thing–I’ll have to check that out.

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  6. Dont even know what pumpkin tastes like!

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  7. I love fall though I wasn’t quite ready for it yet. The colors, the smells, the crisp air. And yes, the pumpkin-flavored treats. Yum.

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  8. Fall’s my favorite too. 🙂

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  9. I’m not a huge fan of fall, mostly because I know winter’s coming next. My favourite season is probably spring — warmth returning, trees budding, fluffy little animals frolicking … what’s not to love? 😀

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  10. I love when I lived in NY and the trees changed color and the weather started getting cool. Here in FL, it’s still hot and green. I don’t like pumpkin anything, but I do love the different artistic ways people carve them. 🙂

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  11. Fall! Beyond any measure, Fall! Leaves, oh the leaves, with the colors in the trees and on the ground, and the smells and the rustling, and swirling, and the thick wet, heavy piles that reek of earth. The brisk air. The bonfires, the carved pumpkins and pumpkin pie, the sweaters and boots and scarves and mittens, and a hot cuppa on the porch, with breath seen in the air.

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