Homecoming, Pumpkin Flavoring, Football Mums, and Fall!

Fall autumn road by quantico liveHey y’all!  It’s FALL!!!  WOOT!!  The temperatures may not be getting any cooler in DC (other than on the  rainy days), but it’s definitely Fall.  First of all, the kids are back in school.

That deserves a reverent pause and a chorus of Hallelujahs.  Grins.  Isn’t that a great Fall road shot? (courtesy of Quanticolive.com)

Second, its FOOTBALL SEASON!!  WOOHOOO!!!  Now, as you know, I love sports, especially baseball and football.  While my Atlanta Braves have NOT had a good season, my darling husband’s Chicago Cubs are really doing pretty well, especially for the Cubbies.  Grins.  So my household is kinda happy about that.

And hey, the Carolina Carolina panthers helmetPanthers are off to a great start in the NFL season and are living up to their Twitter hashtag of #KeepPounding.  Love me some Panther FOOTBALL!! (photo courtesy of PoughkeepsieJournal.com)

Everything has gone pumpkin spice-y and fallish in the stores.  Ice cream.  Coffee drinks.  Pie.  Even yogurt is all pumpkin-spice-nutmeg-cinnamon-y for fall.  I blame Starbucks for starting this nonsense.  They seriously started a trend – more like an avalanche – when it comes to fall flavorings. chobani_pumpkin-spice-yogurt Not that I totally object, but when it’s pumpkin-flavored Greek yogurt…we may have gone a bit too far.

And then, there’s homecoming.  When I was in high school, the boys asked the girls to go to homecoming, bought them a “football mum” – big yellow puffball mums with a little gold football wired into the flower – and off they went to the game, and then to the homecoming dance.  I went all four years in high school because I was dating a tight end from the football team.  (Mike Smardz, if you’re out there, thanks for the memories!  And no, that ISN’T me, but that’s the kind of simple mum I remember)jeannehomecomingoldphotoladywithmum

So, my Eldest went to Homecoming this year – he went to the game his freshman year, last year, but not the dance.  This year, he announced he was going to the dance.

“Are you taking a date?” I asked.

“Nah, a bunch of us are going as a group.”

This was NOT what we did.  We had dates.  If we didn’t have a date, we didn’t go.  My son and his friends didn’t want the pressure of asking a date, and some of the girls wanted to be sure they could dance with all their guy-friends without pissing off a date, so they went solo too.  A big ‘ol pack of sophomores jeannefootballoneofakindwreathsbymichelleand juniors hangin’ out at the dance together, dancing when they felt like it, hanging out when they didn’t, just having a good time.

But no football mums.

I looked this up online, googling “Football mums” only to come up with things like this concoction on the left.  This is supposed to pass for a flower, I guess.  Some of the ones I saw were so gaudy I had to look away.  Snork!  Long gone are the simple, if fluffy, mums.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of these concoctions, and I wouldn’t let my son buy something this awful for a girl he liked.  Its like a ribbon from a really out-there horse or dog show and, no offense to Michelle, whoever she may be, but it’s WAAAAY over the top! (Photo from Wikimedia commons)


Anyway.  So, back to Eldest Son.  Evidently, lot of the upperclassmen took this homecoming dance very Gotham seriously and it was very much a Date-Night-Event where the gals got very dressed up and the guys wore very nice suits.  Eldest Son dressed nicely – nice pants, dress shirt, tie – but just didn’t take it that seriously.  No steady girlfriend, so I guess he didn’t feel the pressure to dress to REALLY impress.  Grins.  But he does take after me in that he spent the evening dancing and having a great time.  They had a theme – A Night in Gotham – which was right up Eldest Son’s alley because he really likes Batman in the movies, the New 52 Comics, and in the new series, Gotham.

So, on one hand, I was really pleased that the boy had a great time with no pressure to be uber-presentable for a date, and no anxiety about whether the girl he asked would say yes or no, or whatever.  On the other hand, I was nostalgic for football mums and little football charms.

All that said, I’m overwhelmingly happy because it’s FALL.  I love fall.  I love pumpkin spice anything.  I love cooking and making great, filling fall favorites without making my kitchen so unbearably hot I can’t breathe.  I love the regular mums you put out for fall, as well as the football mums, and gourds and pumpkins and the Pot Pieleaves turning gorgeous colors.  I love high school football, professional ball, and the Boys of October.

I love Fall.

What about you, Bandits and Buddies?

Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes?  Do you wait for them to be available?

What about pumpkin pie and pumpkin ice cream?

Do you remember football mums – the non-gaudy kind?

Did you have a date for Homecoming, or go to the dance in a pack of friends?

Which NFL team – or Rugby or Footie – team do you root for?Dini Cup

If you live in a non-football country where it’s heading into Spring about now, was there a homecoming kind of thing at your high school?

Have you watched Gotham, the TV show?  What did you think?

Does your Barrista at Starbucks ever get your name right?  This was what I got when I said my name was Jeannie….

Let’s talk Fall!!

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  • Ki says:

    Wow, look at all the fall stuff going on here. Hehe~ I too love fall, the weather is amazing and the colors an added bonus. Pumpkin pies are great if you get it made by someone who’s really good at making it and not just a store bought kind. I never went to homecoming and the only time I went to a dance was prom my senior year. And I had a date, one of my guy-friends even though I insisted to go alone. But I’ve never heard of a football mum.Like really, there was such a thing? I wonder what we’ll have years from now that won’t be around when kids go to dances and games then. Anyways I don’t really care for football, or a huge fan of any sports. I should right?

    Oh and Gotham the show! I’m definitely loving it. The previous episode was amazing! Freaky but amazing. Oh man, seeing how all the villains came to be is just phenomenal. Yeah, I didn’t know I was going to like it this much.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Ki! Yay! Another Fall-lover! My son and hubby love Gotham. I haven’t figured out how to have enough time to watch everything I want to, so I’ve not seen a ton of it. However, I’m so with you in the fascination with the development of the villains – why they became what/who they became. Very Cool!

  • flchen1 says:

    Hi, Dini!! LOL!

    I’m OK with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but I usually order them using my daughter’s name or some made up name… I can only imagine what they might come up with for me otherwise…

    And mmm… to pumpkin pie and pumpkin ice cream, but honestly the proliferation of the pumpkin flavored products is a little crazy–I don’t really think I want pumpkin flavored Peeps, for instance…

    No football mums for me–I don’t recall it being a thing out here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it might also be because I didn’t go to many dances in high school. I’m not sure we even had homecoming at my school…

    When I did go to Winter Formal and to senior prom, we did that with dates…

    And we root for the Niners, because they’re the hometown team 😉 I do remember their glory days, way back when with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and then later with Steve Young…

    Have not watched Gotham, but really, I don’t watch much TV at all!

    More time for books 😉

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Fedora! You nabbed the wandering Chook this morning! :>

      Had to LOL about how they’d mangle the names on the cups. You’re right – they’d NEVER get that one right. I usually get Genie, which I don’t mind, but the Dini made me laugh.

      I’m with you on the pumpkin peeps. Snork. That would just be gross.

      I’ll be interested to see as the day progresses which parts of our fair nation were into the football mum.

      And yes, Go Niners! I’m quite fond of Colin Kaepernick. Mmmmmm. Preeeeety. Snork!

  • Patty L. says:

    Go Cowboys! Living in Maryland, I could be either a Skins fan or Ravens but I bleed blue and silver for my beloved Dallas Cowboys. 💙🏈 They are the only thing I enjoy about fall. I hate the temps dropping, the dark evenings and the cold. I still go to Starbucks and get my Caramel Macchiato and skip the Pumpkin Spice Latte (even when everyone’s gaps in horror). Football is my only saving grace in the fall. ☺️

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Patty L! Yay! Another football fan! But I must shudder delicately over you being a Cowboys fan. *shudder* It’s making it hard to type….Grins.

      The only thing I’ve ever liked about the Cowboys is the Solja Boy song about Tony Romo. Snork!! That said, it’s football, so if the only game on is the Cowboys, I’m watchin’. Grins.

      Had to LOL about the caramel Macciato. I find the pumpkin spice latte’s too sweet, so if I get one I have to have them change it and put less stuff in. I usually just fall back (so to speak) on my standard Venti Mocha. But I love all the fall pastries with pumpkin and the smell of the pumpkin spice lattes..mmmm.

      I like it getting colder, since I’m very hot natured, but I’m with you on the getting darker bit. The kids have to go to school in the dark and that IS depressing!

  • Rae Latte says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    Love the post!

    I love that the kids are going in groups of friends these days. Just hanging out and having a good time without that “pressure” of a date. It’s all about school spirit and fun!

    I’m so excited that fall is finally here. I’m Looking forward to our chimney being cleaned out and starting those first logs.

    OMG – I just love the fall- the season is my favorite!

    As for pumpkin and all things spice I love it in practically everything else. The one thing I’ll say I’ve tried and can’t do is the fall flavored M & M’s (Sorry to those who do like it!) I’ll pass on those. Give me pie, bread, muffins, cookies, even yogurt (not too bad and I usually add a little cool whip and chocolate chips 😉

    I find there is something magical about Football, the food, the sights and sounds of fall.

    One of my favorite places to see the change of season is Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York. It’s absolutely breathtaking. It’s a golden nugget on the east coast! You must check it out someday!

    Happy Fall 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Rae! My Sistah!! Love, love, love me some Fall. Glad you do too. So you’ve tried the pumpkin yogurt? And it’s good? Hmmm….may have to try it after all.

      As to where to see the leaves, I’ll have to check out upstate NY someday. My fav place to see the colors is on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC, or driving down I-81 in VA. As the EFO song says, it’s the “fireworks of fall” on that drive. :>

      And yes, the FOOOOOOD!! Love that I can cook again!

      • Rae Latte says:

        Hey 🙂 Yes, I’ve tried the pumpkin greek yogurt. Not too bad.

        I too am looking forward to cooking – my crockpot is screaming to be let out of the cabinet.

  • I love fall for beautiful leaves, mums on the front porch and jack-o-lanterns. I’m not crazy about pumpkin-flavored foods and I, too, blame the trend on Starbucks. I notice McDonald’s has pumpkin milkshakes. Can’t imagine anything worse.
    Love football, too. I have two teams: the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. Don’t know what I’ll do this Sunday when the play each other.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Ursula! OMGosh, pumpkin milkshake – ugh. I’m with you on that not being the most appetizing thing. Hmmmm.

      Oooh, another FOOTBALL fans!! yay! They’re coming out now. Bwahahah!

      I really love the Saints. Go Drew Brees. eagles are good too, but go nuthin’ on my Panthers. Grins. Enjoy the game!!

  • Jeanne, what a fun post! I love fall, the crispness in the air, the brightly colored leaves, and the falling humidity.

    Never had a football mum and would never gave worn anything like that thing you found. I love pumpkin pie, but all the rest of that pumpkin stuff does zip for me.

    We root for the Carolina Panthers.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Nancy! Yum, pumpkin pie! And I’m so with you on rejoicing in the falling humidity. I’m joyful about the falling temps too, though some don’t love that as much . Grins.

      And yes, GO PANTHERS!!!

  • catslady says:

    I met my future husband in high school right before I turned 16 so I was lucky to always have a date but like you, you never went single. My daughters I believe did have dates but by then a lot of kids went in groups. I like the idea that everyone can now go if they chose to. I do remember at one homecoming the mother’s of the players and band members got mums so I did get them for the football game.
    I’ve always been a huge Steeler fan but to be honest I’m unhappy with a particular quarterback that was recently hired and now playing since our main one got hurt.
    I love pumpkin anything and I think because you usually can’t find it all year round, it makes it more desirable lol.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Catslady! I think you’re right about the pumpkin being a “sometime thing” so it’s more desirable. :>

      And how fun to have the mom’s get mums!

      I didn’t realize you’d known your hubby since 16. That’s just outstanding. Go, you!!! :>

  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I”m just so happy hockey season has begun because my team lost the Wildcard game, so I’ll probably won’t catch much of the playoffs. I love the smell of pumpkin everything, but I don’t really like the taste of it. So yes to the pumpkin candles. I have been watching Gotham, but it’s not as good as I hope it would be. I am following a lot of the gossip since two of the leads have hooked up and are expecting a baby.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! Wow, I didn’t know two of the leads had hooked up! Which ones? (And don’t people in Hollywood EVER use birth control? SNORK!!)

      I love the pumpkin candles too. Some of the “fall” ones are a little to sweet for me, but in the main, I love them. I have this Ring Candle one that’s called Hay Ride. Fabulous!

      I’m looking forward to hockey too. The Washington Capitols are really supposed to be good this year.

      • Jane says:

        It’s Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin. There’s a bit of drama because she’s in the middle of a divorce and now her soon to be ex-husband is alleging that she hooked up Ben while they were still married. Morena maintains they were already separated. They’re in a custody battle and he also wants spousal support so he’s going to use whatever ammunition he has.

  • helensibbritt says:

    Hi Jeanne

    Sorry I am late posting been rally busy LOL oh and of course we are in spring and things are warming up over here very quickly and we will soon have all the cherries and stone fruit although autumn I my favourite season and I do love pumpkin but have never had pumpkin pie or latte we just don’t do it like that over here I really need to visit you one autumn Jeanne and try all of this 🙂

    Have Fun

  • I LOVE fall weather! Once it actually arrives here in LA (Lower Alabama) I will enjoy it. Last week it was days in the 70’s and nights in the 50’s and 60’s. This week? Days in the 80’s again. Sigh. And muggy!

    I remember those football mums and dates for the homecoming dance too. I have fond memories of those! And that football “mum” you found via google is hideous. Good grief! A football mum is not supposed to scare dogs and small children.

    I could do without the pumpkin stuff. Not a fan of pumpkin. And in the bakery I run for Walmart they have gone NUTS shipping us pumpkin stuff. And I have to find someplace to display and try to sell all of this pumpkin stuff. Pumpkin danish??? Pumpkin cookies??? Pumpkin roll ??? NO, thank you!

    Football is HUGE here and I am an Alabama fan. I have no choice. My mother’s first cousin is a man named Leroy Jordan. He played for Bama many years ago and had a long and successful career with the Dallas Cowboys. Not to mention my nephew is a student at Bama.

    We have to keep a steady supply of Alabama and Auburn cupcakes, cakes and cookies made every weekend. Have you ever tried to ice a houndstooth pattern onto a cupcake?

    The one good thing about fall is our next anthology goes up for pre order at the end of this month!! My novella is A PERFECTLY UNREGIMENTED CHRISTMAS and features four very naughty little boys, a bonnet-wearing goat named Mrs. Nelson, and a one-eyed cat named Attila. Poor hero, Ebenezer Miserington, Viscount Pennyworth doesn’t stand a chance!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Louisa! Had to LOL about the mums scaring small children and pets. Grins.

      No, I cannot imagine trying to put houndstooth on a cupcake. Bear Bryant lives on… And I’m guessing you can’t escape ‘Bama football anywhere in the state. :>

      So excited that you’re releasing another story!! WOOT!!! :> I’ll look forward to it!

  • Laurie G says:

    WOW! You packed a lot in your post. My Milwaukee Brewers had a rough year this year. Very disappointing after a great start last year.

    I’m a Packer fan and they are currently 4-0. Their defense has saved them. Aaron Rodgers is also playing well.

    I went to HS a long time ago. I graduated in 72. You had to have a date to go to the dances. I went all 4 years. We did get a corsage usually a wrist one. I remember the football mums from my college days at U of Wisconsin- Madison. You could purchase them in the parking area before the game.

    I met a sweet gentleman in Sewall’s Point, FL who once owned a business in Palm City, FL/Stuart, FL that raised these football mums.

    I am not a fan of pumpkin so no treats for me.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Laurie! How cool that you met someone who raised the mums! I’m glad someone else remembers them. :>

      Your Packers and my Panthers. Lookin’ good!

      My Braves sucked this year, totally, but my Hubby’s Chicago Cubs are doing great. :>