Happy September 1! In my mind, September 1st kicks off autumn. I live in northern Ohio where Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Once September hits, anticipation swells inside me. The trees begin to turn colors, the temps drop, and I get the sense of a new start. Probably sounds weird thinking the final months of the year as a new start, but I've always felt autumn is a season of beginnings.
New school year, new television shows, new projects...lots of new! Ahh...autumn!
|I took this picture at a local park a few years ago!|
Depending on the year, we like to hike in local parks or head to a nearby apple orchard to pick a bushel of fruit. The bees go crazy in the fall, so you do have to be careful. You don't want to get stung! And apple orchards tend to mean freshly made donuts. If you've never had a donut made on the spot then tossed in a paper bag with cinnamon sugar, you need to remedy that. Pronto. I still fantasize about a fresh batch from fourteen years ago! They were the best donuts I'd ever had.
|Same park, different location within it. I love the covered bridge aspect!|
Another perk of fall? My husband and I love watching football. We're more into the college teams, but I'm also an avid Detroit Lions fan (I get mad at them a lot, but I still root for them!). I'm really excited because my hubby surprised me with tickets to see a game at Ford Field. I've never been there before. It will be fun!
But before the NFL games begin, we'll be watching our beloved Michigan Wolverines. Only two more days until kickoff, not that I'm counting or anything. This game will be watched in our living room, surrounded by game-day food. Hot wings, homemade blue cheese dressing, nacho dip and brownies. Bring on the yum!
What do you love about autumn?
Jill Kemerer writes Christian romance novels with love, humor and faith for Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill loves coffee, M&Ms, fluffy animals, magazines and her hilarious family. Visit her website, jillkemerer.com, and connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for her Newsletter.
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