Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice
Like it or not, the Fall season is quickly approaching. Starbuck’s has brought back their Pumpkin Spice Latte for the season, which means everything else FALL will soon be upon us. I have come to appreciate the changing of the seasons much more as I’ve gotten older. Below are my five favorite things to appreciate about the coming season.
1. The Great Pumpkin Spice Latte Debate - Does Starbuck’s introduce them into their menu too far ahead of season? Is their timing “just right”? Does drinking one make me a basic bitch? Does drinking one everyday make me a basic bitch? Are they amazing? Are they disgusting? Do they taste like all of the happiness and joy, all carefully hand-crafted into a delicious, hot beverage to sip on a crisp autumn morning? Should the PSL go beyond Starbuck’s? Pancakes? Muffins? Iced coffee beverages? Cereal? Ice Cream? Where does it end? Personally, I’m Switzerland when it comes to the PSL - I don’t think they’re amazing or disgusting. I might enjoy one or two throughout the season, but that’s all I need. Fun fact - The cost of the PSL from Starbuck’s varies from one geographic location to another.
2. Mums - I’m a sucker for a nice, hearty mum basket from the local florist, Home Depot, gardening center - really, anywhere that has a diverse selection of these gorgeous fall flowers. I think the perfect porch setup includes 3-7 mums with other assorted fall decor - maybe a bale of hay, a scarecrow, or some sunflowers, orrrrrrrrr just a lot of mums. There’s just something about them that SCREAMS fall to me, in a happy, warm, friendly way. Do you remember Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”? “Aren’t daisies just the friendliest flower?” Well, Meg, I think mums are the friendliest fall flower. Go buy some and stick ‘um on your porch today!
3. Watching the changing of the seasons - This may not be possible for everyone, but in good ol’ Illinois, the colors of everything in nature change to stunning, vividly bright shades of yellow, orange, red, brown, and even sometimes a little purple. Leaves fall and I resist the urge to rake up a pile to jump in. I get in my car to go somewhere and get lost in the colors - looking around as I’m driving, appreciating all of these new colors, changing every single day. I used to be embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve literally gotten a bit lost before doing this - the colors put me in a trance and I forget where I’m headed, and inevitably pass up my destination. #noshame
4. James Dean Days - The town my sister lives in happens to also be the hometown of James Dean. For those of you who aren’t familiar with James Dean, please stop reading this blog immediately and hop on the Google for some education. In short, he was an actor who died in the 1950s. Fairmount, Indiana takes a lot of pride in being the hometown of such an iconic actor, and they celebrate every year with James Dean Days. This year, the festival will be from September 27 - September 29. There’s a Run Car Show, a look-alike and children’s look-alike contest, rides, carnival games, and so much more. It’s quite an adorable, small-town tradition and I love it - whether I can make it every year or not. The nostalgia of it brings a smile to my face. To learn more about James Dean Days, check out https://www.showmegrantcounty.com/event/remembering-james-dean-festival-4/
5. Halloween - Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday. I actually have somewhat mixed feelings about the holiday. I fully support the costumes, pumpkin carving, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I’ll pass on the fake (or real) spider webs, though. Since I’ve been a homeowner, I’ve always looked forward to Halloween because I thought it meant I finally got to be the adult passing out candy to all of the adorable and creative costume wearers from my neighborhood. Nope. Pediphiles and perverts ruined it for me. The first year I owned my home, you would’ve thought I was anxiously awaiting a house guest. Checking my doorbell to make sure it works. But does it work now? What about now? Did I turn the front porch light on? Can they see the front porch light is on from the street? Where are they? Damn you, pediphiles and perverts! Now I have 10 lbs. of Reese’s Cups, Snickers, Twix, and Milky Ways. Damn you! But overall, even with the 10-lb. gain, I still enjoy the mystic and imagination of the day. I have a sincere appreciation for all of the churches, schools, and local businesses who’ve created trunk-or-treating to keep the tradition somewhat alive and well, fostering that spirit for children in our current world.
The opinions expressed in this blog reflect my personal thoughts, and not the thoughts of any of the other bloggers… I mean, they might agree with me. I don’t really know. Do you ladies agree with me? Disagree? Also, I am not endorsed by Starbuck’s, I don’t have stock in mums, I have no legal affiliation to the town of Fairmount, IN, and I’m not 100% certain of the roots of the Halloween holiday, but I do support trick-or-treating 100%.