Appalachian Thursday – Signs of Autumn

fall foliageFall is my favorite time of year. And as I get out and take Thistle for walks, or write with the windows open, I’m definitely seeing signs that it’s right around the corner. Now that it’s September, I thought I’d take a moment to list some of my favorite blessings of autumn in Appalachia:

  • Cool, crisp air that makes me want to breathe deep and turn my eyes to the sky.
  • That brilliant, blue sky!
  • Gorgeously colored leaves standing in sharp contrast to the expanse of blue.
  • Those leaves that land on the sidewalk and leave rusty outlines behind.
  • Building a fire–in the fireplace inside or the firepit outside.
  • Scuffling through crunchy, crackly leaves. Maybe even jumping into a pile of them!
  • Apples! Apple pies, applesauce, apple chutney, apple cider . . .
  • Goldenrod, joe pye weed, ironweed, and asters growing along dusty roads.
  • Milkweed pods!
  • Finally being able to wear sweaters again. (Next spring, I’ll be glad to finally put the sweaters away, but let’s live in the moment!)
  • Trading the lawn mower for the rake.
  • Pumpkins and mums gracing garden centers.

I could go on–and on and on! What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

9 thoughts on “Appalachian Thursday – Signs of Autumn

  1. Im super jealous! Im from Florida and we barely get fall, sometimes in like November/December we get fall-ish weather and its amazing. My husband and I wanna move somewhere that has seasons and Im so excited to find a place to experience actual fall!!!! Its my favorite season as well!

    1. No more 90s! I agree! Joe Pye is the tall, muted purple flower that grows in meadows this time of the year. The deeper purple is ironweed. Joe Pye is also called Queen of the Meadow because it grows so tall.

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