Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Five -Fall

It's been several weeks since I've participated in a RevGalPal's Friday Five....but it's all about Fall...and good subject for me and I've been neglecting the blog so this is at least a good reason for me to get back to writing.

1. Share a Fall memory -- this season makes me think of my late husband. Particularly Halloween - he loved Halloween--he would fix up the front porch with
spider web
s and always make a scarecrow. We really did Halloween. Every year I made my kids costumes and carved pumpkins He would give out the candy and I would take the kids trick or treating. He would take a piece of paper and mark down how many kids came to keep track. One warm fall night we had over 200 kids.

He stayed home with the kids and I worked. But come fall he would work in the potato harvest. He usually cooked suppers but during that time I'd cook --he'd come home 8 pm and I'd have something warm and good waiting for him. It made me feel all wifey and domestic.

2. Your favorite Fall clothes--(past or present)? I love the fall colors - browns, oranges, rusts. I have a bunch of sweaters and it's nice to get them out.

3. Share a campfire story, song, experience...etc. Hmm...not really connecting campfires with fall since I always camping in the summer. Around these parts we still burn the fall leaves. That was my husband's job and still remember when I decided to take on the task after he was gone. I was terrified I might burn down the neighborhood so I had the hose on and close by. Have since learned leaf burning is pretty manageable as long as the wind is not blowing.

4. What is your favorite thing about this time of year? I am ambivalent about fall. It fills me with a sense of dread since I know the winter is coming. I feel a little melancholy about fall because it reminds me of death. I cannot forget that the reason those leaves are so spectacular is that they are dying.

But there is some relief as well. The garden is done and there is nothing more I need do for it, but cover it with leaves and burn them to replenish it. It will rest during winter and next spring there will be a new chance for another garden. I always plant bulbs to remind myself that no matter how harsh the coming winter will be, there will always be a Spring. Without death, there is no resurrection.

5. What changes are you anticipating in your life, your church, the season changes and winter approaches? Oh there will probably be some changes. I'm just not ready to talk about it.

Bonus Question - What food says autumn at your house? Chili of course! I used to always serve chili on Halloween. One time I even made it from all orange tomatoes I grew.
Here's my Recipe. (by the way I said in that post I hate beans --have learned to like black beans and red beans and rice - but I still would not put beans in my chili) Also I used to put my garlic in first and then would have to watch like crazy to keep in from burning - I've since learned if you put the garlic in AFTER the's not as likely to burn


  1. hmmm. Autumn says "chili" to me, too: both regular and white chicken chili.

    And there are some changes coming, I know: I'm not sure i'm reading to talk about them, and I'm not sure I know exactly what the changes are going to look like.

  2. Oh - Fall as in autumn; misunderstood your title.

    It's odd - Christians here tend not to go in for Hallowe'en, and some churches have anti-Hallowe'en events for their young people, perhaps celebrating All Saints' Day on 1 November, or even Bonfire Night on the 5th.

  3. I actually have a "in defense of Halloween" for Christians piece I've written - I am thinking of bringing it out and putting it up here closer to Halloween.

  4. Great play! I'm not sure I've ever visited your blog before, though we have become friends on Twitter (I'm realsarah).

    I will definitely be checking out your chili recipe, always on the lookout for a great new one, though I have to convince my husband to make it--he's not a huge fan of chili.

    I'll be looking forward to your Halloween post, too. Never have experienced much animosity about the dress-up play around these parts, but would be interested in what you have to say about it!