Fall Fun Series: The Beginning

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Good afternoon, friends!  Heading into this beautiful early Fall weekend with something a little different.  For the next couple of months, I’ll be participating in a bi-weekly blogger round-up with a bunch of other fun folks as we explore our various Fall favourites and traditions.  Not to fret if you’re here purely for the nail art; there will still be LOTS of that, as I’m also participating this month in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge.  But!  Aside from a seemingly never-ending series of Stranger Things manicures, I’ll also be joining in with some other bloggers every Monday and Friday as we gab about our favourite Fall decorating tips, smelly things, yummy things, leafy things, spooky things and everything in between.  I hope you’ll swing by and join us, should the Fall spirit move you.

Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Ashley at The Bohemian Sassenach
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Julie at The Redolent Mermaid
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Lindsey at Little Bit of Lindsey
Liz at Furianne
Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life

Some of these bloggers have been in and out of each other’s lives for years now, while others – like me! – are brand new interlopers. 😉  As such, Julie, the planning mastermind behind this series, has designated the first day’s post as a getting to know you, getting to know all about you tag (or at least getting to know all about your Fall traditions, likes and dislikes and just what is up with football already.)  Happy reading, and I’ll see you on Monday with more leafy fun.

1. What is your favourite thing about the Fall?

That oddly melancholy sense of opposing forces hard at work – new beginnings (school, jobs, hobbies, relationships) butting heads with final farewells (changing leaves, falling temperatures, things settling down for a long winter’s rest.)

2. Do you get Fall colours where you live?

Tons!  Like these seen here in shots snapped off my balcony (you would never know it from these photos from three different days and two different years, but I don’t actually live in the midst of a tornado. Fall in Ontario tends to be quite blustery and rainy.)

Leaf Collage

3. Favourite Fall scent (wax, or anything)?

The slightly sooty, almost cooked scent of lit Jack-o-Lanterns.

4. Favourite Fall food or drink?

I used to think it was Starbucks’ ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, but in recent years I’ve discovered that I actually don’t care for them very much.  So sweet!  Plus they make my teeth feel all furry. So I’ll say a crisp Macintosh apple, straight from the farmer’s market.

5. Football…yay or nay?

Nay.  I’m not a sports fan of any description, however.

6. Do you rake, jump in or burn piles of leaves?

I live in a condo apartment where those sorts of things are taken care of for me, but I would if I could!  And when I was a kid living in a 100-year-old farmhouse surrounded by tall maples, I did all the time!

7. Haunted house or corn maze?

Haunted house.  Specifically, THE Haunted Mansion in Disney World, Orlando.

8. Have you ever gone on a hayride?

Yes, at least every few years at Saunders Farm, a hobby farm in Munster, Ontario that goes all-in on Halloween every Fall.  The farm, a huge seasonal operation that employs tons of local kids, features two haunted houses, two or three different stage productions, a bunch of corn and hedge mazes and the haunted hayride, an occasionally quite scary and super fun ride through the supernaturally-charged Munster woods. Bumping along in the back of a wooden flatbed trailer with 20 other nervously giggling people, my mitten’d hands clamped down on an apple cider to keep it from flying out the back of the truck, while teenagers in scary masks lunge at the sides of the vehicle, setting off a flurry of shrieks, is one of my favourite Fall activities.

9. Cider or hot chocolate?

Cider.  Mulling spices are the best.

10. Carve a pumpkin or eat pumpkin pie?

Pie me.

11. Do you dress up for Halloween?

I haven’t in years.  This year I may play around with a bit of theatrical makeup, but I haven’t gone the full costume in well over a decade.

12. Candy corn…yay or nay?

Candy corn is the devil’s glucose-ridden pocket candy.  I just loathe it.

13. Favourite Halloween movie?

No word of a lie – and I can’t believe I’m admitting this to anyone other than my best friends, who are likewise incredulous – but Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows.  Judge me all you want, but it’s awesome/terrible and I love it!

14. Scariest movie?

The Descent.  If you are even marginally claustrophobic, this movie will send you into a complete panic.

15. Halloween or Thanksgiving?

Why can’t we have Halloween with Thanksgiving food?  Too much of a good thing all at once?  I will ultimately say Halloween, though, because October 31st is my wedding anniversary.

16. Do you watch the Macy’s Parade?

Despite being Canadian, I certainly could, although I never have.

17. Apple pie or pumpkin pie?

Always apple pie, but only my mom’s.  I’m incredibly pie-ist that way.  Otherwise, I’m Team Pumpkin.

18. White or dark meat?

White.  And a Tofurkey for my husband.  While wearing this hat.

Turkey Hat

19. Jellied or real cranberry sauce?

I actually prefer lingonberry sauce, but jellied cranberry sauce (with the rings) is a staple of any good holiday dinner table.

20. Will you host or travel for Thanksgiving this year?

Yeah, travel about six blocks to my parents’!  My mom is a great cook and she always does Thanksgiving up right.

10 thoughts on “Fall Fun Series: The Beginning

  1. Hi Sandra! So glad you joined in the fun; it’s great to have other nail bloggers in the series! Love your photos and that hat is TOO funny! I agree about furry PSL teeth, but I drink them anyway.🙈😂💁🏼
    Oh, and I’m putting The Descent on my list of movies to NOT see; I’m soooo claustrophobic!

    Do you have an Instagram nail account perchance? I’d love to follow!

    • Thanks, Amanda! Having a lot of fun so far. And PSLs totally need to be sold with a tiny little toothbrush to de-fur your teeth afterwards! Also, just don’t watch The Descent. It’s about, like, cave-divers trapped underground trying to escape from some monster, and just talking about it makes me very, very uncomfortable! Absolutely the scariest movie.

      Thank you for asking about my Instagram account, but I don’t have one any more. I *did*, but I deleted it a few months back. As I was telling Julie, I just didn’t like IG as a social space any more. I’m happiest in blog land. 🙂

  2. Love those fall tree photos, blustery is perfect for autumn. The haunted hayride must be incredible! I feel like I got to join you on the tour just by reading your description.

    The devil and his dern diabetes triangles get me every year. Gotta have a handful of ’em. Excited to have you with us! And thanks for enabling me to watch Stranger Things. I think it will be the cornerstone of Fall 2016 for me.

    • Ah, but will you be thanking me when you’re five hours in, it’s 3 am and you have to be up in two hours? That’s so funny that you call it the cornerstone of Fall 2016 – for me it’s the cornerstone of Summer 2016. It’s always going to be the thing I think of when I look back on this time – that’s pretty cool. 🙂

      Glad to be joining in with you lovely ladies – looking forward to more fun posts!

  3. Sandra! I’m so sorry, I don’t know how my post was missing your link (fixed it now)! I’m excited to follow your blog and have really enjoyed reading the fall introduction post.

    The pictures of Ontario are gorgeous!

    • Oh no, not at all – accidents happen when you’re hyperlinking like mad (or at least they do to me.) Ontario is gorgeous in the Fall, but this year I’ll have to make more of an effort to snap some pictures when it’s actually sunny out – the leaves are extra beautiful against a blue sky. 🙂

  4. Hi Sandra,
    Your Saunders farm description sounds so sweet! I have to search for a better fall farm/activity destination here in Ohio. Your scary/fave movie choices are…interesting. Happy to be joining all of you ladies in this cool series!

    And your nail art photos-ahh😊

    • Thank you! And yay to joining up with the Fall bloggy stuff – it’s been fun so far; glad to have you on board. 🙂

      And thank you for the compliment on the nail art! I love smelly, pretty things, but nail doodles are my favourite.

    • Ooh, Arizona – that’s cool (or not – you know what I mean! But it’s a dry heat!) I’ve never been in a desert-type environment; that would be so neat to me.

      But I understand why you miss the leaves; I would, too. The snow I can completely frig off, but Fall is pretty special in colder climates. 🙂

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