Fall is Here...and So is Random Tuesday!!
It's absolutely unbelievable to me that it is already NOVEMBER 6. How did November get here so quickly? (Do you think that time flies because I'm just getting older and older by the minute? lol)
We don't have as true an Autumn season in the South as in many places (after all, it has been 85 degrees on Thanksgiving Day before), but I've actually caught a couple of pretty trees in our neighborhood. And...the weather turned a little bit colder last night and this morning we are awakening to 40 degrees. That feels a little bit like Fall to me.
Some other signs that Fall is here? I like to decorate my dining room table according to the seasons, and I took some time Sunday afternoon to put some orange and brown and yellow on display.
Also...state football playoffs arrive this Friday (get out the sweatshirts and hot chocolate for that one!)...Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and I'm having visions of Gan Gan's incredible dressing... and Gary has started his Christmas shopping already. Yep, Fall is officially here!
I decided to add a fun all-November-long event on my blog and I'll encourage you to do something like it on yours as well. You'll see my "Giving Thanks for..." entry on my sidebar. Each day I will add what I am thankful for that day; at the end of the month, it will be a cool thing to go back and read. (Thanks, Kari, for the inspiration to do this!) Maybe you might want to do it on your blog too. It's always good to stop and count our blessings, isn't it?
Now, for my Random Tuesday post today, I thought I'd pose some Fall musings for all of us.
Join in the fun and answer if you'd like (or post on your blog and let us know about it!).
1. What is your favorite Fall color (on clothes, on trees, etc.)?
I just love Fall colors, especially deep orange, yellow, and crimson.
2. What is your favorite Fall food?
Well, that would have to include the aforementioned Gan Gan Thanksgiving Dressing (oh my...it is SO good!). I also love the barbecued brisket we usually have at my parents' house. I also love sweet potato pie, pumpkin bars, green bean casserole, and anything with apples. Really...it's pretty much ALL fine in my book!
3. Do you like or dislike daylight savings time?
I really loved it this past Sunday morning, when I was a little bit more rested after the late night we had the night before. But..I do not like it getting dark so early!
4. Do you like or dislike football?
Duh...what do you think? (If you are "new" to this blog, just read the post right before this one!) It's one of my very favorite things about Fall!
5. Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions?
Two are probably the most special to me. Starting two weeks before Thanksgiving, we have a basket full of paper strips and everyone in the family writes down things they're thankful for on them; on Thanksgiving morning, we read them together as a family and talk about them. (This year, I'm planning on changing this a little bit and making a Thankfulness journal for everyone to write in. That's one of my projects to finish this week!) The other tradition is that usually a lot of members of my mother's family travels from Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina to their home for the Thanksgiving weekend. I'm praying it will still happen this year, although the serious illness of a cousin might prevent it. Both traditions reveal two things that are so important to me--being grateful for the big and little things in my life, and cherishing moments with my family!
6. What is the weather like where you live this time of year?
You never know in Alabama. It was 75 degrees yesterday, but today it's supposed to be only 55. Fall is a crazy season down South; sometimes, we get some cool days and at other times it's completely mild. We pray for snow every year, but we haven't really had a good snow since Delaney was maybe 3. Maybe this will be the year!
7. Share at least one favorite Fall memory.
Well...since now I have snow on my mind, I guess that one particular Thanksgiving is really memorable to me. I must have been ten- or eleven-years-old. We were living in Fayetteville, Arkansas and we traveled to some second cousins' house out in the country. I'll never forget it snowing the whole way there and back. It's the only white holiday I ever remember, and I'll always remember how beautiful the mountains were in the snow.
8. What are you thankful for today?
So many, many things. But the first that immediately comes to mind is "Heroes" and the fact that it got really intriguing last night. And...fresh blueberry muffins. And... a husband that works so hard for all of us.
So, share, share away. I would LOVE to hear your answers! (Answer all of them, answer one of them, answer some of them...whatever floats your boat.)