I Miss Fall

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cool, crisp air, the glorious yellow, orange and red colors, and especially the tangy scent of wood smoke. I remember bobbing for apples, hunting for pumpkins to carve and decorating and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters for Halloween. I grew up in the northeast area of the U.S. and I guess it’s nostalgia that evokes these thoughts. I lived in a medium sized town, but my parents had a vacation cabin in the woods on a lake in northern New Jersey.


Mom and Dad and I used to drive the family car up to the lake on weekends to rake leaves in October. I, of course, had to make my own huge pile, and then take a running leap into it. What a joy that was. When all the leaves were gathered, we burned them by the side of the road. It was hard work, but also a lot of fun. I miss the smell of those burning leaves. There’s nothing like it. Afterwards we’d sit by the fire in the cabin, drink fresh apple cider and reminisce.

My parents are gone now, the cabin’s been sold and I live in Florida, but those special memories live in my heart and always bring a smile to my face.


Today, my sister, Joanie, who lives up in the Adirondacks, knowing my feelings about fall, sent me a few photos of the season from up there. Seeing them brought a whole host of happy thoughts of days gone by. Not only of my parents, but of happy times with her and her family. Thank you, Joanie!


So after an unbelievably difficult week where just about everything that could have gone wrong, did, I’m sitting here in my office with a huge smile, grinning ear to ear, without a care.


I hope some of you readers get the same lift I did by seeing these photos. Happy fall!!!!


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20 responses to “I Miss Fall

  1. So far, it’s been a great fall!

    • I don’t know where you are living, Mary Ann, but I’m glad fall has been great for you. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment. have a great week!

  2. Sue-Ann

    Loved this! Brings back amazing memories of my childhood in Washington. I also live in Florida now.
    Thanks so much!

    • Thank you, Sue-Ann. Glad to evoke fond memories for you and since you, too, now live in Florida, I assume you miss the distinctive four seasons, as well. Thanks for participating in the reminiscences and for commenting and letting me know. Happy fall to you!

  3. Jeanie

    That was great reading! Fall colors are so beautiful! Thanks for the memories and pix’s.

  4. Natasha

    Coco, what a beatiful and “tasty” post! Could smeel the smellas and feel the tastes!

  5. Joanie

    Great job, Sis! I know how much you love and miss the Fall, that is why I always send you some pics. I am honored that you shared some of them with everyone and I am glad I made you smile.:)

  6. Art

    Your blog brought back memories of many fall days on several New Jersey lakes as well. My grandparents were on Culver’s Lake, my Aunt on Cranberry Lake, and my Uncle on Lake Hopatcong. My favorite was Bear Pond where I fished a lot as a teenager. Bear pond had very few homes on it, like the lake I live on here in North Carolina, but the absence of a human imprint while floating on the calm water and being able to view the fall colors on all sides was my bliss.

    • I’m so glad I was able to bring back fond memories for you, Art. Actually, your comment brought back to me memories of being on the lake looking toward shore. What a sight to behold with all those vivid colors reflected in the still water and, in the absence of humans, the silence. The peace. Yes, I’d say that is bliss! Thanks for reading and commenting on this blog.

  7. Lovely pictures. Lovely reading. And here, our leaves are turning, flying, falling, and beautiful.

    • Thanks so much, Sheila. Glad you are able to enjoy fall, as well!!! It won’t be long and we’ll be complaining about the cold. 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting on my post. I appreciate it.

  8. Renee Latty

    Short and simple……. “Thanks For The Memories”…..YOUR memories are my memories too!

  9. Fall in Southern California comes late if at all. If we don’t get the Santa Ana winds that blow all the leaves from the trees before they have a chance to change color, we might actually have an autumn. It has been getting cooler here in the last ten years, so I am expecting those colors to appear almost overnight and we will have an autumn. If not, I will look at some autumn pictures like you are doing, Coco.

    • Gayle, so nice to get your different perspective on fall for you in Southern California. I hope you have a chance this year to experience the colors. Thanks for reading my blog and for leaving your comment. Happy season!

      • Bob

        Beautiful pix…….I just got back from Pennsylvania, and the colors were just beginning. Yes Fall is in the air!!


        • Bob, it’s wonderful that you were also able to enjoy the fall colors and crisp air. I hope we have a nice long fall this year! Thank you for reading my blog and leaving your comment.

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