Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Falling For The Hodgepodge

Welcome to fall's first Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go- 

From this Side of the Pond
1. It's officially fall y'all. In the northern hemisphere anyway. Any signs of it where you are? What's your favorite thing about this time of year? 

There are a few signs of fall in our area, but for the most part it's still pretty summer-like here. Temps are cool in the early morning, but warm up to shorts-wearing weather by noon. We have more pine than hardwoods on our property, but we've seen small pops of red when we're out walking.  This tree says it all...

...a little bit of summer, a little bit o' fall. 

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the cozy feeling ushered in.... coffee by the fire, blue jeans, a pot of chili on the stove. I like the change in wardrobe, menu, and mindset. 

2. Have you visited any 'falls' in person? Tell us about one of your favorites? Of the following top ten famous falls (according to this site ) which would you most like to see in person-

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia), Igazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Niagara Falls (US/Canada), Angel Falls (Venezuela), Yosemite Falls (California), Dettifoss (Iceland) Kaieteur Falls (Guyana), Plitvice Waterfalls (Croatia), Gullfoss-Golden Falls (Iceland), or Sutherland Falls (New Zealand)

We live in an area known as the mountain lakes part of the state and there are more than 150 waterfalls in our county alone. Not all are huge, but every waterfall is beautiful in its own way. Hubs and I (and the little brown dog too of course, can't forget him!) enjoy hiking to a waterfall and we're slowly working our way through some of the ones in our area. We have a long way to go lol. 

There were some pretty falls not far from where we lived in North Jersey too (Bushkill Falls) and we used to visit fairly often. Of the falls listed I guess the one I'd most like to visit would be Victoria. A friend of ours went years ago and I still remember the photo he sent standing beside them. Absolutely breathtaking!

3. What's something you'll miss about summer? 

Daylight at 9 PM. 

4. A favorite fall recipe?

I made a big pot of vegetable beef soup the other day and that's definitely a favorite here. It was 52 degrees when I started cooking early morning, but by the time dinner rolled around it was more like 85. We still enjoyed it though. I make Paula Deen's recipe which calls for short ribs, and they make it extra extra. I don't use quite the amount of salt she does, but other than that I follow her instructions ( recipe here) It makes a lot! 

5. Something you enjoy but lately have allowed it to 'fall by the wayside'? 

I made a scrapbook for Daughter2 for her birthday, the first I'd done in a long long time. Putting it together was so much fun and made me realize how much I miss doing something creative. I used to really enjoy scrapbooking, but life and all that jazz meant it needed to fall by the wayside for a while. I'm determined to get back into more creative pursuits this year. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My other favorite thing about this time of year is the morning sky...


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  1. It's the same weather here, cool in the mornings and warm during the day. The trees are also still green and not naked. I don't like fall at all, for me it's the door to winter. It "fall" in a deep black hole and this year it will be even worse. My whole life had changed with the death of Rick, now the move into the Senior residence, I wished I could be a bear and retire for a winter sleep and wake up in spring !

  2. I, too, love those long days with lots of light. That is a gorgeous picture of sunrise!!

  3. Vegetable beef soup sounds so yummy! Since I have a respiratory infection, that sounds like something that would hit the spot right now.
    I DREAD the dark early days!!!

  4. I can't remember exactly where you live (Tennessee??) and I am surprised you aren't seeing more Fall colors or temps yet. My husband has it in his head that everywhere but here is already cooling down. I know it isn't true!

  5. I like your favorite things about this time of year. Oh my, 150 waterfalls! That is awesome. Yes, I miss the evening light of summer too. That is so nice that you did the scrapbook. I've never done one. Love the morning sky. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  6. Hello Joyce, me too... I miss that daylight. We had to wear our safety vests last evening to go for our walk, it was a cloudy day and dark at 6:30 PM!
    I like the cozy feel of Autumn as well.

  7. I remember when scrapbooking was in vogue! I hope you'll take it up again -- and share bits of your work; maybe I'll be inspired to begin again.
    Your lake is swoon-worthy, indeed!

  8. It was 45 here this morning so yep, fall is definitely settling in quick. The leaves are changing already too but I do love all the colors. I hate that it gets dark so early and stays dark so much later in the morning. I like bright sunny days.

  9. The sky over your beautiful lake is always beautiful! Keep sharing those amazing photos with us, please! Thank you for the fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! I look forward to it each week. xo

  10. I love Autumn!! It's one of my fave times to hike!! that last pic is absolutely gorgeous!!