Thursday, October 03, 2013

Thursday Thirteen 303: Autumn

I am borrowing from a recent Sunday Stealing for today's post.







1. First of all, is autumn your favorite season? Why or why not? Yes, I love the crisp cool days, the crunch of leaves under foot, geese against an October blue sky, and just the way the air smells.

2. Is it ‘autumn’ or ‘fall’, to you? I’ve always preferred the word AUTUMN.

3. What kind of weather does your area get during this season? Depends on the day. One day it’s near 80F, the next it’s 50 or 60. Today it's around 70 and overcast with a chance of rain or storms through Saturday.

4. Were you born in an autumn month? No, technically the end of winter. It is not uncommon to have a blizzard or a monsoon for my birthday.

5. Do you pay attention to any ‘fall fashions’? Not really. Maybe if I actually had a clothing budget.

6. Which leaf color is your favorite? I like both red and gold. The ash trees around our building have been turning a golden yellow for more than a month now, while sumac, raspberry canes and some maples are a fiery red.

7. Is it still fun to rake the leaves and jump in piles of them? Raking has never been fun. Living in an apartment, one would think I would escape that "pleasure," but no — I usually end up helping a friend a couple times each year.

8. Do you enjoy carving pumpkins? Not especially. I haven’t carved one in years.

9. Do you eat the pumpkin seeds? If so, do you put any kind of flavoring on it? Used to, when I did carve pumpkins. We usually just salted them.

10. Are you planning to go to a pumpkin patch this year? Technically, I’ve already been. My sister, BIL and niece were up on Sunday and we went to Eplegaarden. Though they are well-known in the area for their orchard, they also have a couple fields of pumpkins.


11. Are there any county fairs or festivals held nearby during this time? Yes, but mostly for Oktoberfest. Hello — it’s Wisconsin!

12. What is your favorite dessert for this time of year? Anything with apples is always a hit this time of year, but for a once-a-year treat? Pumpkin ice cream. Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried! Edy’s has a good "Pumpkin Patch" ice cream, not to mention pumpkin blizzards from Dairy Queen. Mmm…

13. Combining two for the last one: Is your Thanksgiving Day in October or November, if you even celebrate it? If you do celebrate it, where do you usually have Thanksgiving dinner? November. The last few years I have spent the day with a friend’s family. We cook, we gorge, we peruse the sales ads and plot our strategy, then get little sleep for the next two or three days. No, we do not shop the entirety of those three days, but depending on sales, we might hit a few stores each day. We just can’t do 20 stores in one day the way we used to. Plus, we’re a lot smarter now.


What do you like about autumn?



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22 comments:

CountryDew said...

Great answers, and good way to do a TT! I prefer Autumn myself, but use them both somewhat interchangeably.

Stephanie Sullivan said...

Love your answers, Heather. It's also my favorite season, and I've always referred to it as "autumn" too. Great post idea. I might have to borrow it from you next week. :) Happy Thursday!

Heather said...

Thanks, Anita. I liked reading your answers to the full meme on Sunday, and decided they might make for a good T13 post.

Heather said...

Stephanie: Thank you -- fell free to borrow, as I did. Check out the SS link for more fall/autumn questions, if interested. ☺

Alice Audrey said...

We've been running between 40 and 60 for a high for nearly three weeks now. There is snow on the mountains and it's raining more days than not. Wanna trade?

Shelley Munro said...

I'm a spring girl myself , but autumn comes close. Loved reading about your autumn activities. You know I've never raked leaves in my life. We have mostly natives in our garden and the ones we have keep their leaves. I guess the trade off is the pretty colors.

Greg said...

It's autumn for me too, and it is my favorite time of year. Love the cooler weather, turning leaves, etc.

Heather said...

Alice: WHile I've had enough of the 80s, I wouldn't mind keeping temps mid-60 to 70 for a little while longer. We're supposed to be getting some much-needed rain over the next three days, and that is fine with me, too. You can definitely keep the snow. I don't want to see that for a couple more months yet.

Heather said...

Shelley: Yes, the bonus of autumn in my area is definitely the changing leaves. Maples are particularly showy right now.

Heather said...

Greg: I'm glad I'm not alone in my preference for autumn - both the designation and the season.

Paige Tyler said...

Fun TT! We paint faces on the pumpkins instead of carving them!

*hugs*
Paige

Heather said...

Hi Paige! Decorating pumpkins with paint and other items seems to be a popular trend right now.

Jennifer Leeland said...

I love the Fall. My favorite parts? SOUP SEASON. I love making soup when it turns cold.

Heather said...

Jennifer: Yes, soup season is upon is. I usually have bowls of it in my freezer throughout the winter. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger freezer, lol.

Hazel Ceej said...

I love autumn even if I have never been anywhere where the season is happening. Is that possible or okay? It must be that framed picture of a glorious Swedish fall on the wall we had at home so many years ago.

Hazel

Heather said...

Hazel: You can like any season you want, whether you've actually experienced it or not! ☺

kelley jensen said...

I mostly like it for the weather--it is perfect and pleasant for the most part. I also like how it smells and the colors of the foliage. Fall is my favorite time of year.

Heather said...

Kelley: Ah, another fan of autumn! :)

Alice Audrey said...

Sure you don't want my snow? Frankly, I'm just not in the mood for it yet.

Heather said...

Alice: No thanks. I've seen how much snow some of you western states got over the weekend, and the very thought of it terrifies me. I am sooo not ready for snow yet!

Alice Audrey said...

It's all on the hills. The trees are just starting to turn green, though I lost most of my garden already.

Heather said...

I don't care where it is, I don't want to see snow for at least another month.