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So Long, Summer...

I think I can safely say that my Fall has officially begun. We walked outside a little earlier tonight, heading for the car, and the scent of someone's wood-burning fire had blanketed our entire street. That first whiff of woodsmoke always signals the change in seasons to me.

I took a (somewhat unintentional) nap this afternoon, and awoke this evening feeling a little restless and like getting out of the house. I was happy when drmellow agreed to tag along for some non-descript errands. Our adventure took us first to Target--for laundry detergent, toilet tissue and file folders--where I discovered paper towels with frogs on them. :) On the way home, it was my intention to stop at Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte (and Greg's desire to stop at China's Best for "real" food); we ditched both plans in favor of a spontaneous late supper at iHop, where I had pumpkin pancakes and indulged my taste for Fall, after all.

Little things really do make my day.

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pinkroo
Sep. 18th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
I had some pumpkin ale yesterday--me no likee.
yarbiedoll
Sep. 20th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's not for everyone. I've found there are a few I really like, and most of the others are just kind of... blah. Problem is, I can never remember from year to year which are which, so I usually wind up trying a loser or two. :P
drumrboy22
Sep. 22nd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
pumpkin ale
mmm, post road pumpkin ale. i really like dogfish head's "punkin ale". that's by far my fav. weyerbacher out of PA, makes a good one to. the name escapes me at the moment... it's only sold in 22oz. bombers and is pretty expensive. good stuff though. i'm brewing my own right now. smells great. hope it turns out good.
olga_ukraine
Sep. 21st, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
We used to burn leaves in Ukraine in Fall. It's very rare I see or smell leaves burning here, so when I do it remind me of home and my childhood.
It's a good sign when little things make a difference for you.
yarbiedoll
Sep. 22nd, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
I like the smell of burning leaves. My grandparents used to burn them along with other brush and debris in a big bonfire each Fall, beside their vegetable garden. It reminds me of playing outside with my cousins when I was about 8 years old.
olga_ukraine
Sep. 22nd, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Childhood... I want to go there again, don't you? I am serious, I am tired to be an adult. Is it normal or wierd, what ya think?
yarbiedoll
Sep. 25th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
I think it's normal. :)

Sometimes (OK, a lot of the time!) I would love to go back to the days when all I had to do was go to school, do a little homework, have someone fix supper for me and play outside with my friends until it got dark. I think that when we're children, we just don't know how good we've got it. It's easy to focus on the things we're not allowed to do yet: choose our own bedtime, pick out our own clothes, borrow the car, stay out as late as we want. We don't yet understand what a luxury it is to have someone fix all of our meals, provide clothing and shelter for us, protect us and keep us safe from the world.

Once we get older, boy, does our perspective change! We have to pay ALL the bills, fix ALL our own meals, drive ourselves EVERYWHERE we want to go. It's not easy! But being an adult also has its rewards--we get to make our own decisions, explore which direction we want our life to take, and have the power to pursue our dreams. In essence, we finally have the ability to become the person we want to be. And when I think about it that way, I'm not sure that I'd trafe it all in for recess and naptime again. Well, most days, anyway. ;)
yarbiedoll
Sep. 25th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Oops... "trafe" = "trade".
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