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Top Ten Tuesday

Jenni over at One Thing hosted a top ten reasons she likes the fall. Since I love the fall (it’s my second favorite season!), I thought I would jump in!

Top Ten Reasons I Love the Fall

1. Cooler weather. I hate the heat. And humidity. In southeastern PA we get all four seasons with a vengeance and I’m ever so much grateful for the opportunity to sleep under the blankets with my windows open.

2. Leaves. Because walking through them is fun. Because they’re pretty. Because God created so many lovely colors.

3. Putting all the summer stuff away. Our summer wardrobes are smaller. While I love them, I’m thankful to have a wider variety of darker clothes (I’m a Winter in coloring). Summer clothes are not dark.

4. Shorter Days. Seriously! I’m not talking the ridiculously short days of winter, but the “it’s actually dark when you put the kids to bed” kind. Where you can actually see both the sun rise and set in the same day.

5. People burning their leaf piles. MMMMmmm! Smells very good!

6. Back to School. I’ve already stated before that I’m not a homeschooling mom and why. And this year, in particular, with my MIL…well, back to school has been nice.

7. Routines. With back to school getting up earlier, doing homework and getting to bed earlier, our lives become much more regimented. While I enjoy summer’s free flowing-ness, I also like getting back to our regularly scheduled lives.

8. Cooking. I love fall cooking! All the hearty dishes come back (Ham and Potato Soup and Cider Pork Pot Roast lose their appeal in the summer!). The house smells amazing on a regular basis!

9. Baking. This is the one time of the year I’m remotely inspired to bake. All those spices! Fall and Cinnamon just go hand in hand.

10. Sweetzels Spiced Wafers and Ginger Snaps. You can only get them for a few months out of the year (in this area, at least!). MMmmmm!

Do you like the Fall? Does it inspire you or depress you? Please let me know why!

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Unnatural

I don’t get it. Really. I don’t get the whole “wander around someone’s cornfield in the shape of a pig, find clues and then find another way out.” Why is this fun? Who thought it up? Ethan was a good sport, walking around and tripping over the little roots leftover from making paths. $35 for the privilege to do this “family outing”. ::rolling eyes::

Petting small animals, admiring large–LARGE–pots of hardy mums, trying to pick out four baby pumpkins and/or gourds, and thinking about getting some of that delicious-looking cider, now THAT I get. No getting lost involved. No tripping either.

There is a new corn maze on a farm about .5 miles from our house. It’s an Amish farm because, well, I live in Amish country! Not a day goes by that I don’t see and/or have to pass a buggy. Or an Amish family doing their shopping in our WalMart. Or the Amish boys checking out the video games in the back of WalMart. That, in particular, I really enjoy. I know, I’m ridiculous. But it’s still funny!

Anyway, this farm has always offered pumpkins. And we’ve driven by because we have our own pumpkin patch. But this year they are doing a corn maze. My husband LOVES corn mazes. Bennett, Laura and Catie love corn mazes. Whatever. Ethan and I went because it was a family thing. Next time….well, maybe we’ll just go on the hayride instead.

Our homegrown pumpkin patch is doing well. Last year it produced no less than 25 small pumpkins. This year, well, I don’t know what we did differently, but we have about 8 larger pumpkins. Whatever. We will just take this year’s pumpkins, throw the rotting carcasses in the same patch and let them grow next year. Like we’ve done EVERY YEAR since we moved here in 2000. The previous owners had them growing in the same spot. I, never having actually SEEN a pumpkin patch, asked two of my neighbors what in the world was sprouting in our yard.

Now it’s a weekly/daily walk out to see the flowers, little baby pumpkins, somewhat larger green pumpkins, orange and green striped pumpkins, and finally, lovely orange pumpkins that we can pick and stick around our house and porches. FREE. And no gas involved either!

Free. Gotta love that word.