Friday, October 7, 2016

Gotta love those leaves!

by J.J. Tanner from the Dinner Club Mysteries
      by Linda Wiken

You've gotta love fall if you live in Vermont! Really! All those leaves! We really love to show off all our fall colors. Fall is my favorite time of the year, although I have to admit I usually say that at the beginning of each season. But this time I meant it.

Let me count the ways:  vibrant colored leaves, falling leaves, Thanksgiving in two countries, Halloween, shuffling through a blanket of leaves. How about the hint of smoke in the air from real wood-burning fireplaces. Pumpkins in all their forms -- pies, jack-o-lanterns, coffee concoctions, and pastries galore. And, that's just for starters.

I have fond memories of my dad raking up piles of leaves and letting the three of us (me and my two obnoxious, oops, I mean enthusiastic brothers) dive into them and make a shower of leaves. Did you do the same? My dog also loved playing in the leaves although I'm sure if I were to let my cat, Indie, play out in them he'd turn around and high-tail it back inside.

This weekend I'll be celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving with my Canadian friends -- you know, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and the best stuffing. Then, I'll be looking forward to that at the end of November again.

Do you agree? What's your favorite season and why? 

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  1. I love the fall season as the weather is cooler, the deer are running as the farmers around are cutting down their corn, the turkeys are marching around with their babies and it is so cute to see them getting bigger and bigger and many other reasons when you live in a rural area of eastern iowa especially the leaves changing which is slowly happening and also the apple festivels. I have not read one of your books but plan to do so since i have read the article and went to your webpage!

  2. I love fall especially in the North East where I live, and love the cooler air and the lower humidity too. But, it also means winter which means snow and ice, is coming soon after that, and it is not a pleasant thought now that I have trouble getting around. So, now spring is very important to look forward to after the rough winters that we have here in MA. But being married on Thanksgiving Day 53 years ago next month, still keeps November as a favorite no matter what else lures me as to spring. I am happy to hear of a new series which sounds so exciting. Cynthia