Tuesday, September 7, 2021

I Sipped My First Pumpkin Spice Latte In August. And, I Liked It.


There was a time when I waited until the first of October to enjoy anything related to the Fall season. Pumpkin Spice lattes.Fresh apple cider. Stocking up on apples and squash from our favorite orchard. Making the first pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread of the season. Devouring an obnoxious amount of Cortland apples. The list goes on. 

Over the past few years, I have slowly let go of those reigns. I waited until mid-September. However, this year, not so much. 

On August 18th of this year, I happily sipped my first pumpkin spice latte. As quoted from my personal Facebook page...

"Iced pumpkin spice latte. I have no shame. Fight me. "


That was all.

At the time, we were days away from Hurricane/Tropical Storm hitting our area. In the month or so prior, we had the 3rd wettest July in weather-recorded history in our area. Lots and lots of severe thunderstorms. Heatwaves. 

On August 21st, I posted this photo with a short paragraph on my personal Facebook page...

"So. Hurricane Henri Storm Prep is done! Cooking. Baking. For us and our furry kids. Most of our outdoor decor is inside. We have flashlights. Candles. Batteries. Ice. Frozen water bottles. Laundry done. All of the housework requiring electricity is done. 

So now. We wait. Mother Nature is going to unleash some ugly shit tomorrow. But. We are as prepped as we can be. And. That includes wine. 

To all of our sweet CT peeps. Stay safe. Please."

At the very last minute, we got lucky. We still had crazy wind and a lot of rain. The towns surrounding us had more flooding. 

Not too long after, my friend of 12 years passed away from COVID. That hit hard. I miss her. I miss her posts and the ray of light that she radiated in this world. 

Right around the same time, I broke out the yarn and crochet hooks and buttons to make more mask bands. I honestly thought I was done with that shit last year. But. Here we are.

A couple of days ago, and a few weeks early, we took out our candy jar. I posted this photo on my personal Facebook wall accompanied by this...

"Our favorite months are the "ber" months. During these 4 months, our jar of sweet happiness is taken out of hiding. It's always filled with yumminess. September is the month of Lollipops..."

That same day, I made my authentic New England Whoopie Pies.  I haven't made these in a long time. We shared some with our elderly neighbor. 

And then last night, I made what I call a "base salad." That translates to filling a baking dish with lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, brocolli, cauliflower, multi colored peppers, etc. And topping it with fresh grilled chicken, olives, hard boiled farm fresh eggs, etc. To make a dinner salad. Topped with my homemade dill dressing. And, enjoying this myriad of freshness with homemade garlic bread.

We don't like to rush seasons. 

We don't like to rush time. 

And, we have never made a habit of doing so. 


This year, we are welcoming the Fall season with open arms. 

On bended knee. 

Arms out and opened.

Considering last year, that is okay with us. 

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