Living in a Place with Four Seasons // The Beauty of Fall

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Over the last ten months, we have now officially lived through all four seasons in Kansas City.  And while each one is a little miracle of its own, there really is one season that is so beautiful, it just has to be my favorite (along with like a million other people who have been blogging about or posting/snapping pictures to document their love for it, also)…yes, the best season of all is FALL!

So for my friends who look at pictures of fall and dream of living in it…it really is more glorious than even pictures can capture :).  Below are the reasons why!

A few of my favorite things (about fall!):

  • the world looks like its on fire with all the reds, oranges, and yellows blanketing the streets and dotting the horizon as you look across a sea of trees beginning to shed their leaves…it really is a breath-taking sight.
  • no more humidity!  AND NO MORE MOSQUITOES!  Enough said.
  • there’s just enough chill in the air to begin wearing ankle boots and chunky knit cowls and scarves…hello layers!
  • it’s time to bust out the Crock Pot again (my brother got us one as a wedding gift so that makes it a little extra special 🙂 ) and make some yummy chili and corn bread (and whoever invented the idea of a slow cooker that will cook a meal for you without having to slave over a stove is a GENIUS).
  • apple cider and apple picking.  You haven’t tasted a real apple until you’ve picked a ripe one off of a tree and taken a bite.  Seriously.  Go find an apple orchard now.
  • all of those advertisements for a PSL from Starbucks (and everything else “pumpkin” that is hitting the market and cafes during this time of year) ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE.  It’s a little hard to drink a PSL and take it seriously when it’s like 90 degrees outside.
  • drinking hot tea becomes an hourly habit (my current favorite is the Organic Fairtrade Rooibos & Honeysuckle Tea from Trader Joe’s).
  • bike riding through crunchy leaves on a beautiful fall day (see picture at bottom 🙂 )
  • reading, reading, reading!!!  And it’s all just that much more pleasant to be reading, curled up on your couch with a cozy throw and a cup of your favorite tea.
  • it’s the perfect weather to begin resuming my obsession hobby of knitting and crocheting!  Below is a picture of the cute, fall-ish wreath I made for our front door (the plan is to change out the decor to follow the holidays/seasons).

What started out as this styrofoam wreath + a skein of Charisma yarn in Forest + a size L (8.0mm) Clover Amour hook + a really awesome blog tutorial from Good Knits + some cute flower patterns courtesy of Lion Brand turned into…

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Ta-da!  This beauty below!

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Pretty, simple, and sweet!  Just like I like it 🙂

Okay, so to balance out the beautiful-ness that is fall, I’ll list a couple of things I don’t like about it…

  1. Those beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves from the list above?  When they’re all over your lawn, driveway, stuck up in weird places in your garage and car and hair, etc. it’s not so fun.  Especially since we have decided to hand rake all of our leaves and not use one of those electric leaf blower things.  We might just cave in next season and get one.  For now, we’re going to act like we enjoy raking up leaves (and it’s a good work out anyway).
  2. The weather is finnicky.  Hence the need for layers.  It’s sometimes rather chilly in the morning but gloriously warm by afternoon.  I suppose I can’t be upset at the sun for shining so nicely during the day (especially when I’ll probably miss it in the dead of winter coming around the corner).

Regardless of some of the “cons,” I have to agree with this lovely quote from L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables – “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

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Happy fall from the Lee’s! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Living in a Place with Four Seasons // The Beauty of Fall

  1. Debra says:

    OK…now you’re just rubbing it in! LOL! Your photos are gorgeous. I have never lived outside of Southern California, so you well know, there really isn’t fall. When I taught preschoolers it was very hard to use the typical books that speak about the seasons, because to those young children, none of the fall-winter photos or illustrations were observable to them in the real world. I think I’d be okay with the falling leaves…even if they made a mess, Stacey! 🙂

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    • Stacey says:

      Hehe, yes, I may be rubbing it in a little to all my SoCal & Phoenix-based friends :). I’m with you on having never really lived in a place with four seasons up until now – I feel like a little preschooler who is really discovering seasons for the first time! 🙂

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  2. Catherine Wade says:

    So glad you have this blog. It makes me feel like you are just down at the other end of the building. I have only seen the fall leave once and that was in Virginia. It was absolutely breathtaking. However, with or without the leaves October is my favorite month and Fall is my favorite season. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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    • Stacey says:

      Thanks Catherine! I love what you said about it making you feel like I’m just down the other end of the building like before 🙂 Missing you! And yes, fall is quickly slipping out of sight…ahhh…winter!!

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