Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

I’ve been very tired lately, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve come down with a cold. I’m taking it easy for a few days, and I don’t have the brainpower to tackle the post I wanted to write today, so instead it is obviously time for some adorable dog photos.

Nala shaking my hand.

Nala shaking my hand.

Nala is a very food-motivated dog, so the main problem with doing tricks with her is that she gets so excited, she has trouble focusing enough to figure out which trick I’m asking her to do. Instead she tends to wave her paws wildly in the air and/or wag as fast as she can. But with a little bit of patience, she is happy to shake hands.

The Nala blur.

The Nala blur.

I know this isn’t a great photo, but I love it because it captures how excited Nala gets. She just can’t stay still. This is a different trick in which she grabs my hand with both paws.

In other news, it seems like fall has come along with my cold. When I took Nala outside today, I shivered and realized I’d have to wear heavier clothing if I actually had the capacity to leave my house today. It’s getting dark earlier, and the time change is less than two weeks away. I’m wearing boots again, and the house has held steady at 80 degrees Farenheit today without any A/C. (Yes, I live in a very hot location in a very hot apartment. Who knows what this experience may have done to my already poor temperature regulation abilities.)

I generally dislike cold weather, but for the first time in my life, I am so ready for winter.

I’m also going to take this opportunity to opine on this year’s general disdain towards all things pumpkin spice. I guess it’s supposed to be funny? Are peppermint, egg nog, and gingerbread flavors funny in December? Personally I think they’re tasty, just as I’m happy to be able to order my favorite pumpkin spice chai at the coffee shop again. I’d order that drink all year if I could. As it is, I limp along with the occasional vanilla chai in the spring, but it’s not the same.

Anyway, is the pumpkin spice hatred because of ridiculous marketing? Occasionally I feel like there’s this whole slice of American culture that I’m missing out on because I don’t watch television commercials. I’m pleased to miss it, but once in a while I have a conversation in which I have to plead ignorance and change the subject. In any case, I have trouble seeing how pumpkin spice marketing could reach anywhere near the ridiculousness of Christmas marketing, but I suppose stranger things have happened.

And now it is time for me to rest some more. Until Thursday, my friends.

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Seven Reasons I Love Autumn

Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

1.  Pumpkins.  This includes jack o’lanterns, pumpkins as decoration, and various pumpkin-derived foods, such as: pumpkin soup (be still, my stomach), pumpkin bread and muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie.

2.  Other flavors of autumn: warm soups and stews, tea, hot cocoa with marshmallows, sweet potato fries, allspice and cloves, cinnamon and ginger.  And candy corn.

3.  Wearing short skirts with tall boots and not freezing to death.

4.  The chilly damp tang to the air, especially in the evening, when you can almost taste the crispness, edged with a tinge of decaying leaves and smoke.

5.  Halloween, with the costumes, consumable goodies, and discernable glee of children.

6.  The leaves changing colors (I have two Japanese maples in my yard) and eventually falling off and collecting in large crispy heaps.

7.  Toasting by the fireplace for the first time in months, and watching Nala the Hound’s glee at being able to sleep by the fire again.

Photo by Stuart Williams

What do you love about the fall?


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