The arrival of fall

Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall is finally here!

And for once in South Mississippi, it doesn’t appear to be just another day on the calendar. 

The weather on Tuesday was characterized by a slight chill in the air and what I like to call, the smell of fall. 

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This is my favorite time of year, when the extreme heat and humidity move out to make room for cooler days.

I’m already itching to unpack my sweaters and unearth my boots. 

There are many activities to participate in during this time of year including festivals, bonfires, hayrides, pumpkin carving and Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

This is the time of year to take a walk in the park and gaze at the bright colors of the foliage. 

Another wonderful aspect of fall that I find appealing is the food. 

When I think of cold weather food, I picture hearty chowders, gumbo, roasted marshmallows, pumpkin pies, turkey, sweet potatoes, hot chocolate, stuffing and much more. 

I know my mouth is watering now, how about yours?

I’m an avid coffee drinker and cannot drive by a coffee shop without stopping in to get a caffeinated beverage. 

During this time of year, the coffee shop I frequent features their pumpkin spice lattes and as the holidays draw near, gingerbread and eggnog flavorings. 

This time of year I’m always motivated to participate in outdoor activities. I would rather enjoy the brisk temperatures of fall than the scorching summer heat.

I enjoy visiting the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, strolling the streets of the French Quarter or attending local festivals. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays. I enjoy spending these moments with my family and seeking and purchasing holiday presents that I just know they will love. 

Take time this fall to enjoy the many opportunities available to you in the community.