Monday, October 14, 2013

10 Things to Love about Fall in Alberta

Here is a pic of the tree outside my office
window today.  Beautiful!
Autumn in Alberta always seems notoriously short.  I don't think I fully realized this until I spent a few years in Ontario.  Actually, in Ontario, fall and spring both seemed so much more vibrant and long, but today I'm thinking about autumn. The fall leaf colors, which seemingly were taken from every hue of yellow, orange and red, vibrated against the sapphire blue skies for weeks and weeks and weeks.  It really was a visual treat. 

In Alberta, by contrast, autumn can slip by in a heart beat.  One minute the leaves are green, then there is a flash of yellow across the countryside, then, in the next moment, the trees are bare.  Which means, I think, that Albertans need to celebrate that little yellow window and enjoy it as much as they can.

So, here is my list of 10 things to love about fall in Alberta (Okay, I know some of these aren't exclusive to Alberta):
  1. Canadian Thanksgiving lands in mid-October... and there is so much to love about Thanksgiving, but particularly family, food and thanks! 
  2. My sister's birthday is in October, and birthdays are one of the occasions we always try to see one another.
  3. The view from my office window is stunning.
  4. The farmer's fields are being worked with big combines into tidy little geometric squares.  It is quite pretty.
  5. Snow is settling into the mountains, making them a beautiful sight against the clear blue western skies.
  6. Hockey has started up again, which means I have more evenings to write! (Okay, perhaps this isn't exclusive to Alberta...)  Edits on my upcoming book, Annie's Christmas Plan, are zipping right along (finally)!
  7. More blankets get added to the bed, so mornings are all cozy and toasty. In the summer, cozy and toasty aren't really "the thing."
  8. The sun starts appearing later and disappearing earlier, which I freely admit isn't the best thing during the work week, but, on the weekend... awww.  Today, for example, it was still dark when I awoke, so I stayed under my cozy, toasty blankets and read a book.  It was such a luxury.  That doesn't happen as often in the summer because there are always so many things to do once the sun is up.
  9. Oh, and Pumpkin Spice and Ginger Spice Lattes are back in the coffee shops!  Yum, yum, yum!  (Again, I know this happens elsewhere, but it really did need a mention!)  I'm not sure everyone appreciates how happy this makes me!
  10. And, this fall, I've had the opportunity to teach my first online class for ARWA, my local writing group.  The Social Media for Writers 101 Class has been a lot of fun so far, and we're only a few weeks in!

Okay, your turn, what do you love most about autumn?


Mahrie G. Reid, Author said...

Autumn is one of my favorite times and some of my reasons match Lorraine's. More than January it is for me a time of "startings." Perhaps it is linked to the "going back to school" syndrome or the "vacation time is done" mode, but whatever it is I feel renewed energy and excitement about projects and life. Three of my grandsons have fall birthdays, my wedding anniversary is mid-October (tomorrow specifically), and ARWA's meetings slip into the twice a month mode giving me great anticipation for learning as well as talk with writers. Specifally this fall, I am in Nova Scotia enjoying the truly RED of the trees and the warmth of family.

Unknown said...

Mmm, what do I love most about autumn? The colors! There's so many from greens to yellow to orange to red to brown, all before they drop away. I took a picture just outside my mom's window and it showed most of all these colors. Really pretty.

Anonymous said...

I love the energized feelings I get in Autumn. Often as summer heat drags on - I feel tired and not wanting to do much. Then Autumn appears and suddenly I am full of ideas and have the energy to complete them. Like Lorraine I too love the smells of home baking and the crispness of the mornings. Everything seems brighter.

patonlorraine said...

I agree! In September, I always get the urge to learn and focus on new projects! So many years in school have conditioned me, I guess, LOL.

And, I remember that RED from my time in Ontario. So beautiful! We just don't get those colors here... *sigh*

patonlorraine said...

Yes, some times you don't see the colors until you really look, hey? Like the tree in my picture above, at passing glance it looks yellow... but there is a tint of orange / red in there too. So pretty!

I'm hoping that the wind and snow stay away a little longer so the leaves stick around...

patonlorraine said...

It is interesting how the different angle of the sun seems to change the quality of what we see, isn't it? Everything seems so warm and rich.

And, I feel the same way about summer. I always think I'll get so much done, but it never happens. Perhaps that time allows us to "fill the creative well" as it were. :)

Unknown said...

I also grew up in Ontario and sometimes think I only dreamed the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. But I've come to appreciate the many shades of rust and gold that the Alberta landscape has to offer. And yes, the fall season is shorter but for me that makes it all the more precious.

Unknown said...

I agree with all of the above. I love the colours, the fact that it's a little cooler and I can take my elderly dog for a walk without worrying she'll collapse from the heat, the sense of new beginnings and making the house look cosy with twinkle lights in the fireplace and soft lamplight around the house. Oh, and pumpkin spice lattes too!