Thoughts on Fall and What I Associate Autumn With

I associate autumn with checking the how many days until autumn (or fall) countdown timer every day from the first day of August until the official first day of fall.

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I’ve broaden my when will fall get here consults to include the SmokyMountains.com‘s fall foliage prediction map.

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Louisiana and the deep South is estimated to experience the peak color for fall on November 19, 2018.  Until the real color deal arrives, nandina leaves color my world with a hint of autumnal color.

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Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.

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My East Tennessee roots run as deep as the fall foliage colors in full peak season, naturally leading me to check hotel availability in the Pigeon Forge area and the happenings at a Gatlinburg jewel, the Buckhorn Inn.

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The above image is of the Transferware vegetable bowl I bought last year on one of my late October treasure hunts.  When I spotted the A Welcome Inn sign in the pattern, my mind immediately engaged in a lightening round of I associate autumn with.

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I associate autumn with a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.

saying-graceA framed print of Grace by Eric Enstrom hung on wall of my grandparent’s dining room and never fails to take me home. 

Thanksgiving holidays spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparents house included aunts, uncles, and cousins from Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, and surrounding Tennessee towns gathered together in Fountain City to break cornbread together.

We lovingly referred to it as hillbilly old home week.

Buckhorn Inn Gatlinburg

Buckhorn Inn

I associate autumn, East Tennessee and family with crisp colorful fall afternoons spent in the Smoky Mountains and special times at the Buckhorn Inn.

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I associate autumn with natural beauty.

I associate autumn with robust colors of amber, magenta, crimson, tobacco, sage, aubergine, arugulamarigold, brick, moss, forest, caramel, and paprika.

I associate autumn with trees of ginkgo, maple, apple, persimmon and magnolia.

I associate autumn with sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot chocolate in hand listening to the sounds of the local high school bands.

I associate autumn with delicious seasonal dishes, sweets, and warm beverages.

I associate autumn with scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, amber, fig, spice and cedar wood.

I associate autumn with the warmth of fabrics woven and woolen.

I associate autumn with cozy spaces, simple pleasures, and the warmth of an inviting home.

What do you associate autumn with?

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