A Few of My Favorite Things

Its autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The leaves are turning colors, the air is growing brisk and the nights are deliciously longer.   

leaves

These are a few of my favorite things about autumn (in no particular order)

Boots!  As much as I love shoes, it really is all about the boots.  I love boots.  Tall boots, short boots, skinny boots, clunky boots.  Military boots, riding boots, hiking boots, motorcycle boots.  You name the boot, and I’m a fan.  And autumn is boot weather!  Winter is too, but autumn boots are more a fashion statement, whereas winter boots are all about the weather.  

Obsession -boot

Thick socks.  Not with the boots, although that’s fine sometimes, too. But I adore thick, chunky socks.  I spent 90% of my time barefoot, or in cooler half of the year, in stocking feet.  And I get cold!  There is nothing better (with the exception of a warm man) for keeping the tootsies comfy and the temp just right than a pair of lush, thick socks.   I like the ones that go all the way to the knees, but have so little elasticity they sort of pool around the ankles like pudgy leg warmers.  Okay, so unlike my boots, my socks aren’t a fashion statement. At least, not a good one.  

Vacation.  For whatever reason, our family seems to take vacation in the fall instead of summer.  Road trips, family time, big hugs and a few days of pure relaxation!  Yep, I love vacation.  

xmas decoration

Holidays.  Yes, there are various and varied holidays throughout the year, but autumn kicks off my favorite holiday trio.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (I know, technically Christmas is winter.  But it’s only 5 days past the solstice, so I still count it in my favorite trio).  These holidays are stepped in traditions that offer comfort and a sense of continuity that always comforts me.  

Which brings me to…

thanksgiving

Food.  OMG I love the food this time of year.  Hearty soups, homemade breads.  Rich casseroles and yummy things like mashed potatoes.  Oh, the mashed potatoes!  Halloween, with the trick or treat bounty (my favorite are the Butterfinger bars), Thanksgiving with, again, mashed potatoes and all the yummy accompaniments.  Yes, I know most people center their Thanksgiving on turkey, but I really am all about the potatoes.  And then Christmas. Oh, Christmas.  Cookies, candy, yummy treats.  

How about you? What are your favorite things about autumn?  

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49 thoughts on “A Few of My Favorite Things

  1. 1
    Amy Conley says:

    I hate autumm because it means the end of summer and six months of being cold.

    Oon another note, I do love boots. :)

    • 1.1
      Amy Conley says:

      Oh yes, I love my warm, fuzzy socks also.

      Since my grandmother passed away last year the holidays will never be the same for me, not that I spent every Christmas with her, but as many as I could. And this Christmas will most likely be my mother-in-law’s last, so things are looking a bit bleak for the Conleys this holiday season.

      • 1.1.1
        Tawny Weber says:

        Oh Amy, big big hugs. I’m so sorry. That adds a bittersweet element to the season, for sure. I hope you find a lot of beautiful memories this year!

        I know how hard it was to celebrate Christmas the year we lost my mother-in-law. She and I were total holiday fiends together, and I’d have been just as happy to sleep through winter like a bear. We ended up getting a potted tree that year and instead of decorating it with the usual bling, my kids and I made popsicle stars, glittered them gold and turned each one into a picture frame. So our tree was covered by family photos. We later planted it in her memory. It sort of helped :-)

    • 1.2
      Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, yes, Amy, I am all over the boots, too!

  2. 2
    flchen1 says:

    Ooh, boots! ;) I do like warm, cozy boots! I don’t have quite your stellar sense of style, Tawny, but I mainly like the ones that keep my feet warm ;)

    I also love autumn food–what’s not to love about soups, stews, chilis, and stuff baked in the the oven, turning the air in the whole house fragrant? ;)

    • 2.1
      Jo Robertson says:

      I really like the ankle boots that you can wear with them, unless with pants, but I do think they’re lovely.

    • 2.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Mmm, chili! I love homemade chili, especially with corn bread. Oh, now I’m hungry Fedora! And yes!! I’m all for warm boots, too. But the cute ones are so, well… cute *ggg* But comfort is primary! Great looking boots are only as good as they feel.

  3. 3
    Jane says:

    Hey Tawny,
    I love the fall foliage, shopping for Halloween candy and decorations and of course I love Thanksgiving.

    • 3.1
      Cassondra says:

      Jane I think Thanksgiving is my second-favorite holiday, falling just right below Halloween.

      Hmmm…that makes me sound kind of rotten, doesn’t it? That I like the spooky holiday more than the “be grateful” holiday?

      I might have to think about that a bit.

    • 3.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      The foliage is so gorgeous, isn’t it, Jane. I’m loving the colors!
      Oh, the halloween candy. I drool walking down the aisle, but so far have avoided buying any. I know I’d eat it all :-D
      Thanksgiving rocks, too. I can’t believe we’re already making holiday plans, but yesterday was the first phone call to discuss the juggling of time and houses, so I guess the season really is rolling. I hope your Thanksgiving is fabulous!!

  4. 4
    Mary Preston says:

    I’m a sock person too. In the warmer weather I tend to run around the house in bare feet, but come the cooler weather, out come the socks.

    I always love the cool, crisp mornings. So welcome after the heat of Summer.

    • 4.1
      Jo Robertson says:

      I wear socks in the house the whole year round, Mary, but my doctor recently told me that’s the worst t;hing I can do for my legs! He insists I need an arch support. Uh, I don’t think I’m gonna change my habit at this late stage of the game!

      • 4.1.1
        Tawny Weber says:

        Pshaw. I’m with you, I’m not wearing shoes in the house. I do wear my ugg slippers, though, when I’m on my feet a lot in the kitchen (which I am in the holiday season LOL). If I don’t, my feet are pretty miserable after an hour of standing. But the slippers are still close enough to barefoot that I feel comfy. They are great, Jo – you should check them out :-D

    • 4.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Mary, I’m with you on the bare feet to stocking feet. I sort of see it as my own personal ode to the seasons *g* As soon as the socks come out, it’s autumn!
      We had a nice gradual seasons shift, weatherwise this year, which was lovely. I hope you’re enjoying your weather now :-D

  5. 5
    Helen says:

    Tawny

    I love autumn myself I love the trees changing colour and all the lovely warm clothes and the ugg boots and the cool nights that help with sleep. It is spring over here at the moment although you would think it was summer with all the hot weather we are having

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 5.1
      Cassondra says:

      Helen I love the temperatures right now–just cool at night and bordering on warm in the daytimes. IN about two months I’ll be so jealous of your summer. I want about one week of cold weather, then I’m ready for spring and it never comes soon enough for me!

    • 5.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Helen :-D I have Ugg slippers! They are about the most comfortable things on the face of the planet *g* I am sorry you’re having hot weather so early, though! I hope it cools off a little so you can enjoy spring :-)

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    Shannon says:

    I like clothes, but for some reason sweaters are more to my taste than boots and socks for fall. The tradition corded sweaters and a whisper soft cashmere are fine, but I adore the modern velour versions are my favorites. I find myself petting a sleeve when no one’s looking.

    Leaves are beautiful (except when they track in the house). But I love the explosion of mums.

    • 6.1
      Cassondra says:

      Shannon, I will admit, right here in front of God and everybody, that I have actually walked up to someone I didn’t know and said, “That’s an awesome sweater. Can I touch it? I was standing over there wishing I could pet it.”

      She laughed and stuck out her sleeve. *grin*

    • 6.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Shannon, I’m with you! I adore sweaters and am all over texture :-) LOL on petting yourself. Hey, if it feels good…!!! I wish I could knit sweaters -I love the look of handmade, chunky knitted sweaters!!!

      Oh the mums! The colors are so amazing. I want them all :-D

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    Pat Cochran says:

    Fall for us in the Houston area lasts a very short time since the hot summer weather hangs on so long! My fave Fall things include hearty foods and preparing for the holidays . My most favorite Fall item is the halftime shows at high school football games. Honey was in band, I was in the drum and bugle corps, and all four of our
    children were in marching band. Grand-daughter Julia is now a member of the
    tuba section and grandson Scott will join the percussion ranks next year. Love, love,
    love the shows! Also am so proud of the
    work all these band members put into
    their productions!

    Pat C.

    • 7.1
      Cassondra says:

      Pat, those shows are a TON of work, aren’t they? I was on drill team so was part of them that way, and Lordy there are a lot of hours put into those short performances.

    • 7.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Oh Pat, your autumns sound so fabulous! I love how excited you are over band and all the wonderful fun. You must stay really busy with it all :-)

  8. 8
    Connie Fischer says:

    Here in Florida, the best things about Autumn are being able to turn off the A/C; plant our annuals for the year; and finally get outside and enjoy the weather, beaches and sunshine.

    • 8.1
      Cassondra says:

      Connie it’s so strange to me that you’re planting annuals when ours are in their last days…I smile at the color in my flower beds each time I walk by, knowing it won’t be there much longer.

      • 8.1.1
        Tawny Weber says:

        I’m waiting impatiently for the vegetable garden to get moved in my yard (hubby is ‘working on it’) so I can plant a winter garden. It really does seem weird, though. I’ve never planted anything in the fall and expected it to thrive LOL

    • 8.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Connie, I always think of beaches and summer going hand in hand. It must be wonderful to be able to enjoy them just as much the autumn (and I assume spring?) I hope you’re having a gorgeous autumn *g*

  9. 9
    Jo Robertson says:

    Oh, Tawny, I am so with you: it’s all about the potatoes. Sometimes I’ll just cook up a bunch, cream them with butter, S&P, and warm milk and eat with. I don’t even need the gravy or meat … or anything!

    • 9.1
      Pat Cochran says:

      Tawny, I tried to resist, really I did!! Jo, you and Tawny have just led me to my kitchen where
      I have searched the pantry for my favorite
      potato packets. They are the quickest way to
      have mashed potatoes on the table and ready
      to eat! I’m going to have mashed potatoes for
      lunch today! Sorry , Dr. T! I’ll get back on my
      diet tomorrow!
      Pat C.

    • 9.2
      Tawny Weber says:

      Oh yes!!! Just the potatoes do me fine :-) Mashed is my favorite, swimming in butter, of course :-D But I love tossing them with a little oil and butter, some garlic (onion if I’m in the mood) and a few herbs and roasting them. Oh man… now I’m drooling.

  10. 10
    Jo Robertson says:

    I love autumn, too, Tawny. As you know, here in northern CA, winter means rain … and rain … and then more rain. So I love the respite between summer (hot, AC on) and winter (rain and — well, you get the picture). The weather is so pleasant.

    • 10.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Its been a warm summer, too, hasn’t it, Jo? I know the last few weren’t quite this warm, because I whined that it wasn’t warm enough. No whining this year *g* But… yeah. Rain. I’m always glad we get it, because those drought years suck. But its soooooo rainy LOL. Of course, that is the perfect fire in the fireplace, curl up with a good book (and a bowl of mashed potatoes) weather, right?!

  11. 11
    catslady says:

    I think Halloween is my favorite holiday – carve pumpkins (we have a get togher) and I look forward to the children that come to the door. I do the cooking and cleanup for Thanksgiving so a lot of work and finding the right gifts and preparing for Christmas parties etc. can be stressful lol.

    • 11.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Oh, I love pumpkin carving get togethers. We used to live in a court that had one each year. The entire neighborhood would gather to carve, eat and visit. It was fun :-) Like you say, the trick or treaters are great, too -Its always so cool to see what costumes arrive on the doorstep. But, yeah… the stress does increase as the year winds down. I try to ignore that part of it until LOL

  12. 12

    The Holidays! Love Halloween and Thanksgiving, but my birthday is October 24th – gotta celebrate that – and my 40th wedding anniversary is November 10th. So it’s a party-hardy time of year for me.

    And football – love football. Well, not so much the actual game, but I love the tailgating, the crazy fans at the stadium, cheering as part of a crowd – love that.

    And on a more (cough) sober (cough) note – I love the colors of the changing leaves and the crispness in the air. My neighbors like to burn fires in their outside firepit and I love the scent of smoke. It makes me think of s’mores :-)

    And the food…

    Yup – my favorite time of year.

    • 12.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Wow -Donna, happy birthday early and Happy 40th anniversary!! Are you having a fabulous celebration?

      LOL I can easily imagine you at a tailgate party!

      Mmmm, s’mores. I’m already hungry after all the potato talk, now I want s’mores for dessert *g*

  13. 13
    Cassondra says:

    I like Halloween of course. And the way some women are purse girls? Well..I’m a coat girl. I could have a walk-in closet full of them, all different styles. I’m not so much for the boots, although I love boots and shoes, because all the ones I have such a hard time finding ones I like that also make sense. I like fuzzy suede boots for cold weather, with big poofy fur poking out the top and stuff like pompoms bouncing as I walk. But get those wet, and they’re toast. I like the gorgeous high heel boots in your picture, but would I wear those in rain or snow? No way. I’d want stability and I wouldn’t want to ruin the boots. I have two pairs of those gorgeous high-heeled boots like that, but almost never wear them because in winter I tend to hunker down and get cozy in jeans and sweaters and it feels like too much trouble to walk around in sexy boots. I do love some military style boots though, to go with the casual outfits. Hmm…it seems that in winter, I morph into a hibernating lazy person. Hmmm. That’s probably not good.

    I will say though, that my favorite skirts are long, swishy broomstick skirts with velvet inlays. They’re decidedly cool weather-ish, and I look forward to wearing those sometimes.

    I think I need to pull one of those out. I need to get out of the jeans and sweatshirt for a day.

    • 13.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Cassondra, those are such awesome skirts! Definitely my favorite, too. And they’re great with boots *g* I hear you on the weather impacting the boot style. We have such mild winters-just rain-that it doesn’t have a big impact, but I’m always hesitant to wear stiletto heels in the rain. I fall to easily. LOL on the fuzzy suede boots with pom poms. My youngest has a pair like that. If she could, she’d wear them year round! My oldest has some darling rain boots, black with red zippers. They look like riding boots.

      I’m with you on winter hibernation. If not for the holidays (and the slew of family birthdays) I’d happily stay home, all cozy and snug, through the winter. I always think of it as the season of the Hermit card in the tarot. Hide out, read, rejuvenate, let plans mull and prepare for the new year.

  14. 14

    Hey Tawny. I, too, love fall. Not so much boots. :)

    I love the long slow rainy days of fall. (We’re having the rare one to day in Texas.) I love the cooler weather, the changing colors on the trees.

    It’s also the time of year for birthdays, family dinners, apple pies and crisps. Generally I make a pot of soup, chili or stew on the weekends and we eat it for several days.

    And I always go visit my Mom for a week in the fall. Her birthday and mine are only a few days apart. It’s nice to spend it with her.

    Of course there is Thanksgiving, which is a massive event at our house! 12+ people gathered around the family dinner table! Egads, it’s fun! And I love strolling through the outdoor shopping areas looking for gifts for the family for birthdays and Christmas!

    • 14.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Suz, soup and fall go hand in hand :-) It sounds like you’ll have a houseful with all of those celebrations, too.

      And all that shopping fun :-D

      We’re were just talking about Thanksgiving today. When I realized we’re looking at about 20 for dinner, I seriously thought about sneaking off to my mom’s in Idaho instead LOL. Like you say, it gets so massive, but fun.

  15. 15
    Becke Turner says:

    Tawny,

    I love spring and fall. The days are warm and the nights are cool. It doesn’t get much better than that for outdoor activities. And I’m an outdoor kind of gal.

    I also love hot soup on a rainy/chilly day. Soup doesn’t hold my appetite, but it goes down smooth and comforting.

    Boots? Give me my tie ropers, but you know I spent many years on the back of a horse.

    Does anyone remember the white go-go boots? I wore the silly things with knee socks. Ah well, I didn’t get the dress-well gene.
    b

    • 15.1
      Tawny Weber says:

      Becke, I’d imagine the nicer weather this time of year is SO much better than summer heat for outdoor fun. Except swimming *g*

      Im the same about soup, unless it’s a thick, rich one I’ve got to have something else with it. Usually that means carb overload with bread of some sort LOL.

      LOL Oh wow -I love the image of white go-go boots and knee socks!!! That is so awesome.

  16. 16
    Mozette says:

    Autumn in Australia is great… is means the beginnings of stodgy food season… I love to make my awesomely thick and rich Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup with Garlic and Curry Powder…. I throw a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley on top of that and….MMMMmmmmMMMmmmMMMM! It cures just about any cold I have coming on or that I already have… :D

    It also means I can break out my pasta bakes, my home made cannellonis and other great foods I love to cook… nice, hot foods that warm the house, soul and bring people in from the cold, cold weather outside….
    This also means I can make my hot chocolate with orange peel and chili (try it out! it’s delicious and spicy!).

    I also love dressing up in my warm gear… my warm clothes, Doc Martens and leather gloves, hats and other lovely things. I love my feather duvet – snuggling down into it and reading until late into the night… yeah… that’s Autum… going into the Winter… :D

  17. 17

    I love those chunky socks too! Autumn means it is finally getting cool enough to eat chili! I love the changing of the leaves and watching my big goofy dog, Clyde, chase them as the dance to the ground. He always looks so sad when they land, as if they are broken once they don’t fly.