I can’t believe that it is already halfway through September and I am still running our Air Conditioner full blast! I am craving some nice cool, crisp fall evenings.  I want to be able to go outside, with my favorite long sleeve comfy shirt and leggings and look at all the leaves as they change colors! Fall has always been my favorite time of year!   So I figured I would do a blog post about Fall and Halloween to try and get us all in the spirit for fall, even if the weather is failing us so far.  

Here is a list of my Top 10 Favorite Things About Fall


  • I love sitting by a fire outside, either a bonfire or a fire in my fire pit out on the deck, hanging out with the grand kids.  Sitting by the fire and roasting some marshmallows. We have a good stack of sticks and tree branches that we have lost this past summer, so I am certain we will have some great bonfires this year! 


  •  Do I need to say more?   I love wearing leggings!  They are comfy , inexpensive and just perfect!  Maybe that is just me?

The new Fall lineup on T.V

  •  I know that sounds a little nuts, but I go all summer long watching mainly re runs and I personally look forward to this time of year.   Some of my favorites I am looking forward to are: The Resident, 911, Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor. Of course there are always the old faithfuls, like:  Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago


  • I love putting up Fall decorations around the house with all my cute little scarecrows, pumpkins, my special salt and pepper shakers, etc.  It always feels as if I am ushering Fall in and saying good bye to Summer.   Since my kids are all older, I am starting to add to my Fall collection this year for the house.  (below you will see some of my favorites I have had for years!) Each year I put up a wreath on our front door, that a very dear friend made for us


  •  Ok , so I will admit, Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  Yet, I do love watching the grand babies dress up and taking them out for Trick or Treating.  (yes, we still do that!)  We gather everybody together and usually go as a big group to the church for a Trunk or Treat or a Fall festival and then out for some house to house Trick or Treating.

Fall themed Family Pictures

  •  We have a church right down the road from us that always has a big wagon they decorate for Fall with beautiful mums pumpkins, goards, hay, etc.  About 10 years ago, I stopped with the kids in the car and had them pose by the display to grab some pictures. They turned out great! So now every year, I gather the family and we all meet there to take pictures.  It started out with just my 3 kids and last year we had 11 people (should have been 12, but dad wasn’t feeling good, so he stayed home! It has kind of become a family favorite picture.

Leaves Changing Colors

  •  I live in middle Tennessee and the leaves are absolutely STUNNING in the fall!!  I lived in California most of my life and out there, we just didn’t see the seasons or really experience much of a change.   When I moved to Tennessee almost 19 years ago, Fall became one of my favorite seasons. I love to take a drive and just look at the leaves that are changing colors. Fall flowers are probably some of the prettiest flowers!  I almost always have 2 big pots of Mums on my porch, one on each side.   I don’t really have a favorite color of mum, I am an equal opportunity mum lover!  Best thing about mums is that you can give them as a gift and even if the recipient doesn’t have a green thumb, mums are pretty resilient .  They make a great hostess gift in the Fall

Our Thankful  Journal

  • Several years ago, I started this journal that I pull out on November 1st.  Every day in November, every member of the family writes down something they are thankful for.  When we first started two of three of our kids were only //// and //. They are always good sports and willingly write in the journal for about the first week to 10 days.  Then I start hearing some grumbling, because they have ran out of things to write down Yet they will tell you they love to go back and read the years past and what they had written down.  I promise you, some of those teenage years, some of those “thankful” entries weren’t so sweet.  This is something I always encourage families to start as a tradition in their own households.  How about you?  Do you have something you do every year as a tradition?


  •  What is not to love about Thanksgiving?   Delicious food, lots of family and the chance to reflect on all that God has given us that year!  I am so blessed to have all my children and grandchildren nearby so my house is usually overflowing full at Thanksgiving!

So now that I have shared with you some of my favorite things about Fall, I would LOVE to hear from you!!  Tell me in comments something you love about the Fall season, or maybe a family tradition you do every fall?


58 Responses so far.

  1. Barrie says:

    Fall is great for cooler weather which means longer walks with the dog. I LOVE the fall TV shows…new and old!

  2. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Fall is a beautiful time of year. I am more than ready for it as it has been so hot in Florida. I love going north to see all the beautiful colors. We also love to go camping in the fall and have bonfires. So much fun to be had. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. Dana Rodriguez says:

    These are all great reasons. I am still waiting for it here as it is still in the 90s where we live.

  4. Debbie Welchert says:

    My favorite things about Fall are the leaves changing colors and the cooler weather. I love going trick or treating with my four grandchildren. We live in a small town so we pretty much do the whole town. Then we go home and go through all of their candy. Grandma and mom get all the candy that they don’t like. It’s weird how they seem to like grandma’s candy after all theirs is gone.

  5. Lauryn R says:

    I love Fall and everything that comes along with it. 🙂 My favorite is when the weather gets cooler and the bugs start going away! Oh, and the food!

  6. Barrie says:

    I love the change of the leaves. SO far, we haven’t seen much which worries me. I’m afraid we’ll go from green to brown on the ground this fall>

  7. Vickie L Couturier says:

    i love fall too ,my grandsons play football,,the cooler weather,,the changing of the colors of the leaves

  8. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Breezy summer dresses are great and all, but by now I’m ready to retire them and pull out fall clothing. Sweaters, scarves and boots look fantastic paired together and are oh-so-comfortable on top of that. Bonus!

  9. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I just love this time of year. Not to hot and not to cold. The northern fall colors are just amazing. We love having bonfires and BBQ’s this time of year. Thank you so much for sharing

  10. Barrie says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as the whole family gets together! This year is different as we will be in a hotel conference room but it’s still family!

  11. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We really enjoy camping in the fall. This is perfect weather for some great family time. Thank you so much for sharing this

  12. Lorri says:

    I love fall! My favorite is the Thanksgiving holiday. We celebrate one day with family and one day with friends.

  13. Brianna Cavins says:


  14. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    The fall colors up north are awesome. What a beautiful creation from God. I love the cooler temperatures and lower humidity

  15. Barrie says:

    I gotta get a move on and decorate my house for Halloween! With house remodeling, I totally forgot and am not sure if I can get into the attic to get get the decorations.

  16. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    It is so nice to go hike to see all the beauty this time of year. Nothing like this. Thank you so much for sharing

  17. Barrie says:

    I am so afraid we will go from HOT to WINTER with no fall! I’d hate to miss my cooler weather and color changing of trees!

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I just love everything about fall. The weather is cooler and the colors are awesome. So many outdoor activities to do. Thank you so much for sharing

  19. Michele Soyer says:

    Reading your post makes me miss living in New Jersey and the fall season driving up to New England… Granted I wouldn’t change my home now for anything but boy am I missing fall right now….

  20. Barrie says:

    We finally have cooler weather! Now we can start those bonfires in the evenings~ So relaxing!

  21. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I love visiting Disney and Universal studios this time of year. There is less chance of rain and the weather is so comfortable. Thank you so much for sharing this article on fall

  22. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    When I lived in Michigan I used to love taking the kids to the cider mill in the fall. Great apples and donuts. Great weather. So much fun

  23. sheila ressel says:

    I love the cooler weather so that we are able to do more as a family outside. We like to have cookouts, play darts and horseshoes and go on picnics.

  24. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    My grandchildren are really getting excited about Halloween. I always look forward to Thanksgiving. Fall is great

  25. Paula Pennachio says:

    I agree it’s my favorite time of year

  26. Paula Pennachio says:

    it’s my favorite time of year

  27. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I love going to the mountains this time of year. The weather is perfect for hiking and the colors are awesome. I love this time of year

  28. Barrie says:

    I love reading the Fall TV Guide issue to see all the new shows that are coming to TV. It’s one of my favorite things to do.

  29. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Nothing like a campfire in the fall. Making S’Mores and hot chocolate. So much fun and so relaxing

  30. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Fall in Florida is a great time to work in the yard. I love planting new flowers this time of year. We also love having bon fires this time of year.

  31. I wear leggings all year long lol. But I like when it cools off because then I can wear my boots with them.

  32. Lisa Vance says:

    Reading your post and looking at the photos, getting lost in the leaves and pumpkins, etc., I could crisply remember the smell. That crisp, fallen leaves, changing of the seasons smell, that I can only describe as “fall”. That’s definitely a favorite of mine in addition to those you had detailed.

  33. Barrie says:

    Finally! Cooler weather! I love it! Leaves are changing colors and falling down.

  34. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We love grilling out this time of year. It is the perfect temperature to do this. I love the fall

  35. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I love opening up my house at this time of year. Such a refreshing smell in your home. I really enjoy this time of year

  36. June S. says:

    (TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT FALL) My favorite things about fall is the cooler great sleeping nights. I also love the changing of the leaves with all their beautiful colors that emerge.

  37. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    My family went camping over the weekend. Great weather. So much fun. Love fall

  38. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I am ready for a bon fire and some s’mores. Such great fun in the fall. Enjoy this time of year

  39. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This weather is perfect. I enjoy just taking a walk and breathing in this fresh air.

  40. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This beautiful fall day I will be spending at the hospital. My son is having hip surgery. We are going to get some rain. All is great on this beautiful fall day

  41. Paula Pennachio says:

    I love fall most, the cool weather and all of the beautiful colors, the leaves

  42. Sandy Klocinski says:

    It is the perfect sweater weather. It’s not too hot and its not too cold. It’s just the perfect in-between.

  43. Amy D says:

    I live in Florida, so we don’t really get the essence of a fall season. I do love Halloween with my young children. Trick-or-treating with them is the best.

  44. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is a great time of year for me to clean my windows and screens. I am going to do just that in this beautiful weather

  45. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is supposed to be a beautiful fall day. I have to work today so I will be spending my time with my awesome patients. Time well spent

  46. Anonymous says:

    i love fall weather here in oregon. i dont get invited to enough bonfires though.

  47. Molli Taylor says:

    i love halloween and bonfires!

  48. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Beautiful weather here. One of my dying patients wants to go deep sea fishing before he dies. My son is an avid fisherman so he is going to take him out and let him have some fun.

  49. It’s the most pumpkinful time of the year.

  50. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Today was a beautiful rainy day. I had to work so this was perfect. I am so happy fall is here

  51. kathy pease says:

    I love decorating my house and seeing the leaves change color

  52. Dana Matthews says:

    November 2nd and I have the air conditioner on right now! I love your list and I’d choose some of the same things for my top 10. All in all, I love the cooler weather (when it gets here) and the changing foliage colors.

  53. Paula Pennachio says:

    I agree with all, my favorite time of year

  54. Kelly says:

    Fall is a truly beautiful time of year!

  55. Barrie says:

    I miss decorating this year. We are remodeling and it is not something I have the energy or time to do.

  56. kathy pease says:

    We love to play board games after Thanksgiving dinner

  57. Rosanne says:

    We have a lot of trees where I live. My favorite thing is when the trees change colors

  58. Trisha McKee says:

    I absolutely love Fall. and I love the idea of a thankful journal. Now is the time to remember our blessings and celebrate with those in our lives.

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