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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Top Ten Things I Love About Autumn


A few months ago someone on the RB4U loop asked this question: What’s your favorite time of year? My answer was summer. And it still is. But I do like autumn. The only problem with autumn is that winter follows. If we could only get rid of January, February and March. But wait, then we’d all be living in San Diego. If only. So here are the top ten things I like about autumn, in order of importance:

10.  The clear, crisp air that dispels the pollution from the nearby chemical plants.
9.  Crockpot stews and soups with warm crusty bread.
8.  I get to wear my new cowboy boots. (Picture and story to follow).
7.  No humidity which means my hair doesn’t fall flat like it does in the summer. Unlike so many of you, I have zilch curl and body to my hair, so while you all fight the frizzies, I fight the flatties.
6.  Good time to travel. With the kids in school, the tourist places aren’t as crowded.
5.  The new TV season. I’m a TV junkie. I study TV Guide’s Fall Preview issue every year and map out my viewing schedule.
4.  The beautiful autumn foliage that paints the trees in a colorful collage that brightens every day.
3.  Pumpkin. I love pumpkin. I make pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin squares, and pumpkin bread. I drink pumpkin coffee laced with pumpkin spice creamer and I slather my pumpkin English muffins with pumpkin butter. Pumpkin ice cream is a real treat that is only available in autumn. Yum, Trader Joe’s pumpkin ice cream. As soon as I hear TJ’s has this seasonal favorite, I run out and buy it. They sell out quickly. I have a great recipe for pumpkin gingersnap ice cream which I’ll share if anyone wants it.
2. My birthday is in the fall.


1.  Thanksgiving.

Now, about those cowboy boots. I bought them brand new, tags still on, this past May at a local resale shop. I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet. You might ask: What does an East Coast born and bred lady do with a pair of cowboy boots? Heck if I know, but they are so pretty. There’s a background story here. When I was thirteen, my family took a road trip to the West Coast. We stopped off in Fallon, Nevada, a one-horse town near Reno where my father was stationed at the naval air base during WW2. Yes, there was a naval station in the middle of the desert, still is. We were walking along the one main street in Fallon and passed a shop selling cowboy boots. In the window was a beautiful pair of supple-looking brown boots in my size. I begged my parents for those boots but they said no. I understand now why they said no, but I wanted the boots. So, fifty years later, I got my boots, and here they are.

Please tell me. What are your favorite things about autumn? What don’t you like about the season? And what the heck do I do with my blue cowboy boots?

And to get into the Christmas mood, here's the blurb from my latest release, A Groom for Christmas, a sensual romance that is like a Hallmark Christmas movie with some intense love scenes.
When a young woman hires her hometown’s former bad boy to be her pretend fiancé for the holidays, she finds she can’t wrap up her feelings as easily as a Christmas gift.
New York jewelry designer Graceann Palmer has two days to find a fiancé to bring home to Pennsylvania for the holidays so her matchmaking mama will quit fixing her up with jerks. The Falcon, a motorcycle-riding, leather-clad former high school crush, helped her out once before. Maybe he'll do it again.
Jake Falco, man of many mysteries, is back in town on a mission—one the people of Spirit Lake most likely won't appreciate. When Graceann presents him with her crazy scheme, it gives him something he's always wanted—a chance to get to know Graceann. It also gives him the perfect opportunity to add fuel to his project of revenge.
But as Jake and Graceann grow closer, their engagement-of-convenience begins to feel like the real deal—until Jake’s secrets are revealed.
Can a relationship that began with lies and secrets bloom like a rare Christmas rose into happily-ever-after?



Sandy said...

LOL I really enjoyed your post, Cara. One of my favorite things about the fall is Halloween. Many years ago, I had a horse, and I loved riding through the woods. But, then both my horse and I sneezed a lot as he rode through the ragweed. lol

Treat your boots as an accessory and wear them with something that will stand out. It doesn't have to be a cowboy outfit. Smile!

Tina Donahue said...

Love the blue cowgirl boots. :)

Paris said...

Great post, Cara! I love autumn and all of the wonderful produce that turns into pies and stews and soup. Did I mention pie? Pumpkin,apple, sweet potato, you name it, I love to make it. There's something about the scent of cinnamon and apples in the fall that makes me smile. Congratulations on finally getting your first pair of cowboy boots! They're gorgeous. As for what to wear them with--I just attended a wedding where everyone in the wedding party wore them with their long formal dresses. Yours are pretty enough to wear with anything!

Rose Anderson said...

Great post Cara. This is my favorite time of year too. :)

Jeanine said...

I feel the same way. I love Summer but Fall is good too. The colors are beautiful. We go to Northern NJ often to hike and admire the leaves. Sounds like a great Christmas story. Stay in touch!

jean hart stewart said...

Wear the blue boots, girl. I love them. I'm a summer girl and even here in California it doesn't last long enough. Days are now starting out with fog and mist....

vicki batman said...

Hi, Cara! You started off the post with the amazing photo and I was hooked. Then follow with the delicious reasons why--love it, especially the flattie hair. That's me, too.

Now, as for the books, girlfriend. WEAR THEM! skirts, pants, but no shorts. lol Hugs

Cara Marsi said...

Sandy, thanks. Riding a horse through the woods sounds so romantic. I'm trying to think of the boots as an accessory and not like my other boots, as simply something to keep me warm.

Thanks, Tina. They are pretty.

Paris, I love the scent of cinnamon and apples too. Love the wedding where everyone wore cowboy boots. You wouldn't see that around here, but it would be cool.

Thanks, Rose.

Jeanine, Northern Jersey is pretty this time of year too.

Jean, don't worry. I wlll wear the boots. Still wish I lived in CA.

Vicki, I plan to wear the boots with jeans but you won't be able to see anything but the toes. Since I retired, I seldom wear skirts but I'll have to make an exception and wear one so I can wear the boots. Thanks.

Barbara Mikula said...

Love the boots! It's wonderful that you finally got them. You can wear cowboy boots under a long denim skirt with front or side slit so they can be seen or just with jeans - try for a matching color sweater!

I recently got a pair of russet leather embossed Durango boots with brass hearts on the straps (Country Outfitter) - but haven't warn them yet. It's still a little early for boots in Florida, but I can't wait.

Melissa Keir said...

Whoot! Love the boots!

I love that we have the cooler temps with the beautiful changing colors but I also hate that summer is over and winter is coming! Gasp! I saw a snowflake yesterday! Yikes! I'm going to hibernate for the winter.

Cara Marsi said...

Barbara, thanks for commenting and thanks for the suggestions about the boots. I do have a denim skirt on the longish side. That'll do it. Your boots sound cool too.

Melissa,thanks for commenting. Ugh! A snowflake. I am so not ready for that.

Marianne Stephens said...

With blue cowboy boots you need to wear a blue outfit...and go country line dancing somewhere so you can show off your "moves".
Love autumn colors. Don't like autumn frost that kills last remaining flowers.

Cara Marsi said...

Marianne, thanks for your amusing post. I got a nice laugh. I can get into wearing blue with my boots. Not so sure about the line dancing.

Gemma Juliana said...

I love those boots, Cara! Very unusual... my favorite things about fall - the jewel-like leaves and the gratitude of the season. This is my favorite season.

Suzanne Rock said...

Great blog. I love Thanksgiving, too. It's my favorite holiday. It's all about appreciating what you have and it isn't as commercialized as some other holidays (not yet, anyway). Thanks so much for sharing!

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