Thankful Thursday: Changing Leaves

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Turns out, it’s fall.

Yup, autumn is officially here in Colorado. There’s a chill in the air. The trees are radiant shades of orange, red and gold. It’s snowing in the high country (that’s what we call the mountains). Change is upon us.

Daylight savings is probably soon, too. Right?

I’m unsure of exactly when fall happened. In Crazytown (where I spend most of my time), there are no seasons. But in Fort Collins (where I actually live), autumn arrived at some point in the last few weeks and now that I’ve finally noticed … autumn is awesome (as is alliteration).

Of course, fall is just a precursor to the real event (Christmas). But, it’s nice to stop and smell the dead leaves, too. Autumn, just like ever other season, is another chance to start over. Another list to start (you know how I love lists). Another chance to get it right (whatever ‘it’ is).

Lately, life has been a little hectic with a side of emotional outbursts. But, I’m optimistic about the coming months. I’m looking forward to the chance to get it right. I am thankful for the changing leaves that alerted me to this season that’s zipping by at lightening speed. I plan to slow things down a bit and enjoy this time of year as much as possible. (And, I’m thankful it’s almost Christmas!)

In summary, in case you didn’t notice, fall is here. Take time to enjoy it. Happy Thankful Thursday, what are you thankful for today?

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Nose in a Book: Fall Reading List

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All right. I know it’s not actually fall yet but it’s a rainy dreary day here in Colorado and it sure as heck feels like fall. I tell ya what, we are certainly spoiled by sunshine here in this beautiful state. After only two days of rain, I’m missing my blue skies.

But, we must make do.

So, I’ve been planning a date with my couch, a blanket and good book for later tonight (what else can be done in this weather, right?). I have a stack of library books on my nightstand and a few I hope to check out this fall on my ‘to read’ list. Since I feel that friends frequently ask for book suggestions, I thought I’d share what I’ll be sticking my nose in.

Please share any ‘must reads’ that you love or want to read in the comments.

1. How Should A person Be? by Sheila Heti (I’m actually about half-way through this and so far, meh.)

2. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

4. Once a Runner by John L. Parker

5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

6. Freakin’ Fabulous by Clinton Kelly

7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

8. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific by Cheryl Strayed

9. How to Hepburn by Karen Karbo

10. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

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Here’s to Fall!

Happy Friday!

Well, fall is officially here! As reluctant as I am to say goodbye to summer, I am starting to look forward to hot apple cider, changing leaves, pumpkin patches, and all other things fall-ish.

This weekend we’re taking part in the classic American autumn pastime: watching football. We’re headed over to a friend’s house tomorrow evening to watch the UW Cowboys take on the Nebraska Huskers. We’ll be proudly wearing Brown and Prairie Gold and rooting for our Pokes!

The rest of the weekend will likely be spent doing home projects and watching all the other football games. I’ll be rooting for my other favorite college team, Ohio State. (If the spouse will give up the remote, he’s a Michigan fan. Pssh.)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend of football or whatever fall traditions strike your fancy. Remember, GO POKES!!

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus

Cheers!

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