My Love Affair with Fall

by ‎10-15-2015 05:18 PM - edited ‎10-15-2015 05:40 PM

For this week’s PM Style blog, I’ve fallen for Fall. This is not a new love affair, Ive had it my whole life, ever since I lived in Michigan as a kid. We used to go to the Franklin Cider Mill, on a crisp weekend afternoon, jockey for parking, and then stand in long lines to eat fresh, warm, sugared donuts that you could watch being made and whose smell was pure ecstasy. Then we would buy a gallon of fresh cider, grab paper cups, and go sit by the pond watching ducks, chasing ducks trying to feed ducks. I love to get drunk on the flavors of Fall. 


This week, I’m sharing my top ten reasons I LOVE fall…feel free to chime in.


  1. This infamous aisle at every drug and grocery store. (What’s your favorite halloween candy? Mine, mini snickers.) 



  1. Burning harvest scented candles, these are Cheerful Giver from QVC. I close my eyes and the waft of pumpkin and cinnamon bring back so many memories. 



  1. Turning the heat on, because the air outside has dropped to a crispy chill, not cold enough to make you shiver, but fresh enough to wear a sweater and order a hearty soup for lunch on a Saturday. 



  1. Speaking of soup, ugh, this magical, “touched by an angel” broth my friend Erika made me this week while I was sick. The absolute most insanely delicious chicken soup I have ever eaten…so ‘feel good’ Fall. Fall = soup, people! (PS: you have asked for the recipe on FB and Instagram. Erika is mulling whether she is willing to divulge the secrets to her heavenly liquid. Standby…) 



  1. Duraflame logs. What a memory from growing up in the 70’s and buying them. The minute they pop up in stores means fireplace season has begun. 



  1. Pumpkin spice coffee. The End. Why does Wawa only serve this in Fall? I want this available, year round. Let’s start a petition! 



  1. Tombstone Peeps. C’mon, could anything be cuter? (I particularly love how the package promotes that they are gluten and fat free. Ha.)



  1. Gingerbread Man Philosophy 3-in-1 shower gel. Another favorite that should not just be available in Fall. I already ordered 3 this week. My favorite 3-in-1 they make. (No, it doesn’t make you smell like a cookie. Think refreshing ginger ale.) 



  1. Leaves that turn extraordinary colors of neon orange. I envision driving down a country lane surrounded by trees of glory and the smells of hickory in the air. Stumbling on a barn sale, and a little country cottage for a late lunch. Feels like a scene from a movie in New England. 





  1. Christmas shopping…because if it’s Fall, Christmas is next. And I love buying, and brainstorming gifts. I love giving gifts. I love decorating for the season. I love planning who is coming to stay for the holidays, and getting ready for that glorious Thanksgiving day when in jammies, you cook and get ready for the binge of all binges on dishes that take you back to childhood. And then the Christmas specials start. Oh wait, first there are the fun Disney Halloween movies (those are about as spooky as i can handle) and not long from now, the 24/7 Christmas radio will start.  







…and here’s one more bonus reason, I love cloudy Fall days. I’m an old soul and I love cloudy, chilly, even rainy days, they give you permission to be quiet. Think. Stay home. Cocoon. 




Ok, I’m done waxing philosophical about Fall. Gotta take my meds. Finally went to doc to get some good drugs to treat the laryngitis and couch and nose and…I needn’t outline my symptoms, you get the idea. My feet are up, TV is on, clouds have rolled in, and it’s my day off. I’m am happy, peaceful, relaxed, and on the mend. 



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on ‎10-15-2015 07:24 PM

Feel better soon !

on ‎10-15-2015 08:21 PM

Small world!!!  I grew up in northern Detroit suburbs and every Fall we would visit the Franklin Cider Mill!

Best place!  You so described it perfectly! Thanks for the memories!  Another Franklin memory....The Vineyards? Great restaurant.   Enjoy Fall, Shawn!   And, enjoy those great Michigan memories!

on ‎10-15-2015 08:44 PM

Shawn, this is one of the nicest blogs you have ever written.  Yes, chicken soup is the best medicine, I love it.

Feel better soon.

on ‎10-15-2015 10:13 PM

I am with you Shawn! Fall is my absolute favorite!  The weather changing - the crispness in the air! Anticipating the holidays - but, wishing the fall  would not go by too fast. The hearty food. The spicey candles. The cozy sweaters. 


And, my favorite Halloween candy is the mini Milky Way. I always seem to an extra bag of those after the tricker treaters have come and gone!! 


Enjoy your fall. I know I will...

on ‎10-16-2015 03:42 PM

Fall is my favourite season too.I love the first chill and the fact that I can layer on my cozy warm things.I feel alive  when I smell the freshness and crispness in the air.It is always a pleasure to walk through a pile of beautifully colorful leaves and listen to the rustling sounds. I love the warm spiced drinks and heavier meals that are so comforting.

on ‎10-17-2015 07:45 PM

I'm not sure I remember what crispy air feels like because it's been so long  since I have felt it here in so. Cal.  I'm kind of jealous.  90 degrees today.  I will live vicariously through you guys at QVC.  But I do love when everything pumpkin starts.

on ‎10-18-2015 02:00 AM

Hey Shawn,  I love many of the same things.  I am a homebody so I always can find something to putz around with at home on cool, cloudy days, etc.  I turn 65 on Monday and what an accomplishment that is - don't know where the time went.   I am going to a farmer's market called the Elegant Farmer in Wisconsin, not far from Milwaukee, which I do every October and stock up on soups, homemade breads, cider, etc.  It's a small treat from me to me.  This is my absolute favorite season.  There is another tourist spot that everyone goes to in the fall called Holy Hill.  It is a beautiful cathedral that you can see for miles since it's so high up and with the colors so vibrant, they take your breath away - another stop for me I think this week also.  There is a lovely gift shop, you can attend mass, or just stop in for some quite prayer.  Very peaceful.  It's just my son and I now so we go out to breakfast for pancakes at the Original  PanCake House and can have a relaxing morning as I have no time table anymore.  Enjoy the rest of your autumn and the upcoming Christmas season.  

on ‎10-18-2015 06:53 PM

Shawn, So glad you are feeling better.  I have to ask, I watched you yesterday during Dooney andBourke.  I got to know the gray sweater you were wearing.  Can I buy it on QVC ???  Love it!

on ‎11-13-2015 09:09 AM

I love everything on this list; except maybe the pumpkin spice coffee. Because eww. Not a big pumpkin fan. Actually just not a pumpkin fan. 


And I also love cloudy, chilly, fall days. Nothing better than cozying up on the couch in your pjs with a cup of cocoa, fireplace on, and netflix playing. Glorious!


Love you, Shawnie Sue!

‎10-06-2016 07:08 PM - edited ‎10-06-2016 07:09 PM

Hello Shawn,

Nothing wrong with repeating a blog, or parts of it, but for your social-web-site administrator, be sure to proof-read.

Meant with respect.

(on your Facebook you have been well, hopefully, visiting NYCSmiley Wink!