This is my 100th post…a milestone for me, I feel. And to commemorate it, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of my favorite fall things. Fall amps up the traditional side of me, and I am reminded of old traditions no longer available to me, and new ones that I am coming to look forward to.
About a year and a half ago, I made a major move from my home state of Michigan to Mississippi. I did it for love, and I don’t regret it, but Michigan had been home for the majority of my life, and I’m not sure at what point that will change. The leaves don’t turn the same bright hues in Mississippi that they did in Michigan. I miss the color tours I always took, just driving around the upper peninsula in mid October, grabbing a couple bottles of late harvest riesling from the local wineries. Then…there were the cider mills. We don’t have those in Mississippi, but Michigan is the apple state. My favorite cider mill visits include tramping through the nature trails with the leaves crunching underfoot, munching on a caramel apple, and waiting in line for an hour just to get sugared covered cider donuts and a gallon of cider, both of which would be breakfast and snacks in the coming days. Then, it was on to the pumpkin patch to pick the biggest pumpkin I could carry.
Now, in my new home, fall is a little different, particularly since it has only just cooled enough to open the windows instead of air conditioning, and the leaves have yet to change. The new traditions are still developing, but pumpkins are very much a part. Weeks in advance we begin looking for designs to carve, and we are particularly fond of dragons and cats. We will transfer our chosen design onto the pumpkins, and spend several hours carving our intricate patterns. Once finished, the lighting and picture-taking will commence. We will boil, salt, and roast the pumpkin seeds for snacking, and whip up a pumpkin pie. Then, the first week of November we will head down to First Mondays, which oddly…falls on a weekend, to get the dark royal honey that is only available on that one special weekend, and with luck, a few jars of homemade sweet and spicy pickles.
One tradition that hasn’t changed though, is the unpacking of the favorite sweaters. I may have traded in my heavy-weight fishermen wool for a light-weight angora, but bringing out the sweaters, scarves, boots…they all say fall, cozy comfort to me, and they are perfect to run around in on crisp autumn days. It is something I look forward to. So for my 100th post, here is my current SL favorite fall outfit.
Sweater Dress: Loose Knit Dress – Chantkare at the Couturier’s Docks
Scarf: Pashmina Scarf – Shine
Hat: Bizarre Flower Headpiece Autumn Brown – LaGyo
Hair: Tempest Drift – Exile
Makeup: Eartha 2 – Face Paint
Boots: Equestrian Boots Autumn Collection (color-change) – [Gos]
Pose: AntiVIP – Morphine Poses