Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?


The beautiful serene pictured above is a great representation of the kind of autumn I’m accusation to in the Northeast of the US. The color change from summer green to exploding vibrant colorful oranges, browns, and yellows is natures signal that winter is not far behind.

But I no longer live in that part of the country where this time of the year would bring me to planting spring bulbs, flowers, checking the leaf blower, purchasing about 200 large lawn leaf bags, and maybe getting a new leaf rake. I would pay someone to just cut the grass and move the leaves to a place that I would collect 50-80 of bags of leaves every two weeks from Oct to Thanksgiving with the last leaf collection in the spring. Oh, yeah, I’m missing that time of my life!

I used to look forward to cool autumn mornings starting with a hot cup of coffee on the deck, and preparing breakfast, and checking school schedules. I have fond memories of those times, but now it is the retirement life for me and the daily walk along the beach with a warm cup of coffee without the thought of raking not “one damn leaf”.

Thanks for the daily prompt and the mental health recall / therapy it provided. Now that I have that out of my system I feel better.

By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

4 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves”
  1. Beautiful colours – I know it can be changeable, and it hearalds winter’s approach, but I always see the beauty and miss the colours of seasonal change. It’s strange what things you miss the most when you relocate. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You are welcome Owls & Orchids!

  2. I can understand that raking and bagging all of those leaves would get old quick; but as someone who has never lived in a place with 4 seasons I would LOVE to see fall and all of those leaves!

    1. I have to admit it is a beautiful sight along with the smell of autumn, brings a smile to your face and warmth in your heart.

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