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Today's 5 Fandom Friday topic is: Five Things I Love About Autumn!
Autumn is my favorite season! There's just something about the air, the crisp mornings, the dark, deep night sky. It's easy to rattle off a long list of everything I enjoy about autumn... because I love practically everything about this season!
1. Seasonal foods
Hearty, well-seasoned, and colorful. Rich stews, meat pies, baked squash, pumpkin spice, apple cider - I love them all! I like to make cottage pie, pasties, onion soup, beef stew, and apple pastries. I'm already planning my Halloween feast - roasted pork tenderloin with cider sauce, mashed butternut squash, potatoes, and green beans or sprouts!
2. Cool-weather clothes
I finally found a pair of knee-high boots that fit my calves, and I've been waiting for 2 months for the weather to cool so I can wear them! I also love wearing sweaters and scarves, and layering tights and skirts.
(images via Torrid.com)
3. The changing landscape
I love the cooling weather, crisp mornings, and autumn rains. And I love the changing leaves. I live in upstate New York, and in my part of the region we usually get our best leaves in early to mid-October.
4. Spooky and supernatural
On All Hallow's Eve, or Samhain, the veil to the afterlife is brushed aside and the spirits of the dead roam the earth. That is the foundation for many Euro-American harvest and Halloween traditions, as the night's grow longer, the sun dies, and we wait for its rebirth on the winter solstice. It's not hard to understand why our ancestors developed these sorts of beliefs if you've ever taken a late autumn walk through the forest or under the night sky.
5. Playing in the leaves with Stormageddon!
Stormie loves chasing leaves, whether they're being blown around by a breeze, or kicked up by me! Then we come inside and snuggle, and he smells like the outside.