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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

Well folks, today is Labor day, and as most of us pretty much call it, the last big weekend of summer. Autumn is undoubtedly is one of my favorite times of the year, and will be here before we know it. Not just because hunting season comes in, but its just something that has been in my blood as a kid that loves it when the days get shorter and become cooler, and the leaves change colors and start coming off the trees.

Autumn has special memories for all of us, but I was sitting here remembering my earlier days growing up in Northeast Indiana when I knew that fall was close. The first day of school was always the first sign, and then about a month later, I start seeing leaves turn light shades of yellow and red, and seeing some in the yard.

I also remember hoping that there would always be a huge gust of wind and blow alot out of the trees so I could rake them into leaf forts. This was always special to me because my older cousin and I grew up together, and now instead of calling him on the phone to go do something, we cant because we live over 500 miles away from each other now, but those memories will always live on.

Sitting in the back yard watching the squirrels scamper to get nuts for winter, watching the orb spiders build big webs from low laying branches to the ground, and watching big formations of geese and ducks flying south for the winter, and the smell of burning leaves as my dad raked up my old leaf forts and burned them.

I also loved the time because it was time to pick apples and the farmers always harvest. I remember my Grandmother used to make jars of apple butter and peach and strawberry jam.

Of course there was always Halloween too, which meant carving pumpkins, decorating yards, and of course free candy

My most favorite part of Autumn though is around the time of Thanksgiving, because by then, the highs are in the 50's, and it is once again time for the family to get together again, which my dad and stepmom come down every thanksgiving to visit.

Afterward is some of the best fun, the Pre Christmas rush. Black Friday, or the friday after thanksgiving seeing everybody rush to the stores for the best deals, and soon thereafter, putting up the christmas tree and decorations.

These were all memories that I had with my family growing up in Indiana, and now that I am older in live in Tennessee, I am hoping I can pass these memories on to my kids, and hope they will get the same feeling about Autumn that I have had my entire life, and hope they will have their own memories that they can tell their kids one day.

Like I had said though, Autumn means something different to each of us, and if you have any special memories of the Autumn you wish to share, please do.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

There is no "around the corner" here. We've got snow at and above 10,000' Yes
FINALLY! Summer lasts so long! We had 23 days between frosts.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

where do you live?

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

Summer? What summer? Our leaves came out in the middle of May. They started changing color in mid-July. June was 3 degrees colder than normal. July was 4 degrees colder than normal. Must be all that global warming.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

I love fall time, but only up until halloween. It's more of a weather and length of day thing for me regardless of how much I love the hunting season.

Actually my favorite time of year is from the first week of May through the first week of July. That's just a more agreeable time of year for me anyway.

Winter here in Colorado....I hate it, absolutley hate it. Don't matter if we do get sunny days 90% of the time in the winter. Everything is brown and ugly. Evil!

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

Well, Jason, my grandmother never made strawberry jam - she made rhubarb jam. We picked blueberries and partridgeberries instead of apples, as you did.
Our Thanksgiving is earlier than your's.
That aside, and living in a different country, I would almost swear that your post was written from my very own thoughts.
I have all those similar memories that flood back, and this time of year seems to be most prominent for reminiscing.
Fall, as we simply refer to it as, seems to stir up the same kind of memories for many. It brings the hunter out in me stronger than any time of year, too.
Interesting post. Thanks for bringing back the memories.
BTW, if there's one main thing I associate with each returning Fall, and all the ones I've experienced, is the sweet scent of burning birch coming from chimneys on a chilly Fall evening, just at dusk.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

On that note. Nothing reminds me of Autumn more than the taste and smell of Johnathan Apples, smell of wet fallen leaves and freshly carved pumpkins. Oh yeah, also enjoying a good brown ale or altbier ale after carving that pumpkin. Yes

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and the macintosh apples!! Those things are awesome, but cant find them around here anymore for some reason.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

The smell of leaves does it for me. Damp, slightly musty fallen leaves on a cool day -- brings back a lot of memories of hunting and sawing wood when I was growing up.

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Ahhh......Autumn is just around the corner.

today reminded me of when I was younger. I just raked the first batch of fallen leaves today and burned them, and I talked to my kids about how i used to do this for neighbors and make good money, plus the smell of burning leaves is one that time can never touch, because no matter how much we hate raking and burning leaves, there is still a part of us that is glad that we have a time to do that, a time to reflect on youth and bond with the outdoors.

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