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Fall in Florida…Still Flip Flop Weather!

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Some of my favorite toes.

I love Fall in Florida.  Of course, it takes way longer to get to us than other parts of the country.   Many of you are already snuggled up in sweaters and boots.

We’re still sweating in flip flops, tank tops and shorts.  And we probably will be for another few months.

We rejoice and call it Fall when the weather drops into the 80s.

89 degrees?  Woohoo!  It’s really cooling off.

Here are the 5 things I’m looking forward to most about Fall:

1.  Evening walks.

I love walking in the evenings during late September through Thanksgiving.  The weather has cooled slightly.  I no longer start to sweat the moment I step outside.  The sun isn’t glaring in my eyes.  I signed up for a Turkey Trot to motivate me to get out there training. My dog loves this time because she doesn’t get walked nearly enough the rest of the year.

2.  Big pots of soup.

We go to the Farmer’s Market a lot in the fall.  I love to throw all of the veggies left from the previous week into a big pot of soup or chili on Sunday afternoon.  We have it for dinner that night and for lunch throughout the week.

3.  Pumpkin everywhere and in everything.

Pumpkins make me happy!  I love seeing them piled up in front of store, on the beds of trucks or in makeshift “patches.”  I also love eating them.  Pumpkin muffins, cake, pancakes, soup, spice lattes, whatever.   Yum!

4.  Settling in to a routine.

The start of a new school year is rough for my daughter.  By the time fall rolls around we’ve finally settled into somewhat of a routine.  Of course, we’re homeschooling for the first time this year (or maybe more deschooling/unschooling) and having a bumpy transition, but I’m still hopeful we’ll settle in to our new normal soon.  (And that the new normal isn’t totally crazy.)

5. Dark earlier.  

Early darkness means earlier bedtime, right?  One can hope!

Fall in Florida is actually pretty fantastic.  We might not get leaves that change colors, but we can throw on our flip flops and bathing suits and hit the beach before we take the kids trick-or-treating!


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