Fall Into Fall
Growing up on the farm autumn was a reminder that Nature comes full circle. The hopeful seeds planted in the spring have completed their cycle of growth and production. Harvest was a time of celebration followed by the quieting of the fields.
Here at our groovy condo building one of our first signs of autumn is dried leaves being blown in through the south entrance. Our cleaning company might see it as a nuisance, but I see it as Mother Nature throwing a little confetti into the building to celebrate the new season.
The Fall Equinox was September 22. Last week as I walked home from work I noticed the leaves on the sidewalk were dry and crunchy. Yes, I've been a grown-up for quite some time, but I still take great pleasure in stepping on dried leaves. What is it about that wonderful crunching noise under foot? Perhaps it's the celebratory noise of a summer well spent. Or the cathartic satisfaction of smashing something into little pieces? Or could it be the artist in me subtly changing the backdrop of my route?
I'm overthinking it.
It's just fun. 🙂
It's a lovely place to crunch leaves, take in fall colors and enjoy a walkabout in the woods.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S 12th Street
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"Find your inner peace out in the vast oasis of a field of pumpkins. After a long day, stuffing a scarecrow might be great stress relief. "
705 Riverfront Drive
See the fall colors from a different perspective by walking across the bridge or take a bike ride over the bridge to link to the Iowa bike trail system. See a map here: https://www.traillink.com/trai
What's the closest pumpkin patch to 3000 Farnam Street? I've done the research for you! (Okay, it was Siri.) Wenninghoff's is a short drive at 6707 Wenninghoff Road
If you're thinking that pumpkin patches are just for kids, hear me out. Take a hayrack ride, paint a pumpkin or peruse the greenhouse. Find your inner peace out in the vast oasis of a field of pumpkins. After a long day, stuffing a scarecrow might be great stress relief.
Another idea: Pumpkin patch core workout! Think old school medicine ball workout, but with pumpkins. Shaun T, I give you permission to use this in your next workout DVD.
Autumn also means it's time for everything under the sun to be pumpkin spice infused. I did a little Googling and discovered you can get pumpkin spice dog treats, Jell-O (yes, JELL-O!), and even body builder's protein whey. You could have some after your pumpkin patch core workout.
My idea: pumpkin spice scented manhole covers. Wouldn't downtown rush hour traffic be pleasant if our streets smelled like pumpkin spice? Someone call the mayor and Shark Tank!
"Thank you, Mayor Stothert, for this key to the city."
Pardon my Walter Mitty moment.
I was going to post a list of local places that feature pumpkin spice coffee, but...um...it's every place on earth and possibly Mars, so instead, here's a recipe on how to make it yourself at home: