Wednesday Feature: Fall is Coming!

After a few days of mid-summer weather (90s, humid), my calendar says fall is right around the corner, even if the weather doesn’t. I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year.

Living in the upper-Midwest, fall can be just spectacular. Soon, the days will be warm and the evenings chilly. Woodfire smoke (not the Canadian kind) will spice the air. Leaves will begin to color the horizon red, orange, and yellow. Football becomes a weekend staple along with a shift in dinner menus – less grill, more oven.

A little town north of me named Gay’s Mills is considered by some, the Apple Capital of the World. Minimally, it is the Apple Capital of Wisconsin. This gorgeous area and town, includes 10,000 acres of apple orchards, producing just about every variety of apple. For me, it is a ritual stop in early September. Here’s a bit more about Gay’s Mills and their apples:

Pumpkin patches are plentiful in my “neck of the woods” and the farmer’s markets that my wife and I shop, filling fast with the orange fruit. This is peak farm market season in the Driftless Region ( ) with vegetables still plentiful and apples, pumpkins, and squash (all varieties) now available. I’m still grabbing the remaining pick of Roma tomatoes for Marinara sauce and Vodka sauce. My freezer is getting stuffed!

My favorite two holidays are celebrated in fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving: both for me, are full of memories from my childhood, all good. I love the costumes, Trick or Treating, pumpkin carving, etc., that is Halloween. I think we decorate the house nearly as much for Halloween as for Christmas.

Thanksgiving is cool as it is a day to give thanks, to share the harvest bounty, and to gather with friends and family. We have a big spread on Thanksgiving, traditional of course. I do the cooking, generally the whole meal but depending on guests, I may get lucky and have desserts made for me (brought by others). Football is a must as are turkey sandwiches the day after and our customary jaunt to a Christmas tree farm to harvest the family tree! Tree farms are plentiful in our region and each year God grants me the vitality, the Mrs. and I carefully choose a tree, and I cut it down by hand saw. Often, our daughter and son-in-law accompany us on the tree hunt.

So, on this Hump Day, pre-fall, I’ve included a couple of goodies for all readers. The first is a must clip from Charlie Brown/Peanuts, celebrating a fall ritual.

The second treat is a bit of music called the Great Pumpkin Waltz. Of course, the music is recognizable from the Peanuts feature, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. Speakers on!

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Feature: Fall is Coming!”

  1. Hi Reg,
    Been a long time. I can tell from your posts that you and your wife are doing well. This is just a quick note to say that I really enjoy your posts throughout each week.

    You probably think I fell off the face of the earth. Very briefly, I was diagnosed with AML in Sep ’21 and took a 9-month leave. By my own doing with tremendous support from the organization and Board, I transitioned into an internal consultant role (0.6 FTE) at UW Health Care Direct (fka Chartwell Wisconsin.) I achieved remission in April 2022 and I returned in June 2022. I am feeling great and loving my new role and reduced workload, stress, etc. This month marks 2 years from date of dx, and I reflect daily on 2 keys to my happiness: An indefatigable love of God, and gratefulness for everything I have.

    I am grateful for my association with you, albeit limited through the years. Doesn’t matter, I like being around winners, and you, kind sir, are a winner.

    I pray that you remain in good health and continue to inspire your readers, customers, associates, and most importantly, your loved ones.

    Don Powell
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    • Don;

      So good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words. Wow, didn’t realize you were sick and Di and I are grateful beyond words that you have recovered. Blessings to you for continued health and prosperity.

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