Is it fall yet? If you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days until autumn arrives. What is it about falling leaves, warm drinks and cozy sweaters that make us happy? While summer sputters to a close we might have a few more hot temps, but those days are numbered. Look around! Here are 13 undeniable signs that fall is just about here in Northern California!
1. The air is crisp and cool.
Every once in awhile you can feel it - cool weather. Right now it might just be when you wake up or right before you head into bed - but man oh man...it's a-comin'!
2. Is that frost?
Could it be? Is it possible? What was that sparkle on the lawn this morning? Frost? Oh, sweet frost! It's getting closer...
3. Do you see the leaves?
It's slowly beginning...the leaves are starting to change color. Hurry up! I can't wait to see them turn all types of fiery reds and burnt oranges. Woohoo!
4. You pulled out your favorite old sweater.
Is that your favorite sweater? The one you love? If it's found its way out of your closet already then you know that's a great sign fall is almost here. Wear it, my friend!
5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are already showing up on the scene.
You know fall is just about here when Starbucks tosses us a bone and makes a few of these. Warm fall nectar - liquid gold. Drink em' up, people! They'll be here and gone before you know it!
6. Say goodbye to these ten beauties.
Painted toes go bye-bye as soon as fall rolls around. So, give them one last romp in the ocean. Exfoliate your heels one last time when you take that long walk beachside. Then get ready to stuff them inside boots where they'll hibernate in some warm cozy socks.
7. Then say HELLO to everything pumpkin...and we mean everthing!
Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin scones. Pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin cake. Pumpkin cookies....ahhhhhh delicious!
8. You notice the unofficial footwear of fall begins showing itself.
Uggs and boots and more Uggs and boots are on feet these days. Have you noticed? They're slowly making the fashion scene adorable again. Yay!
9. You find yourself craving this bread bowl of deliciousness.
Clam chowder in a sour dough bowl? Heck yeah! Where do you grab your favorite fall food with a savory yet sour twist? San Francisco has some of the best if you want to just walk up and grab one to go. But, some of my favorites have been found in the Monterey area. So good!
10. Are you ready for some football?
Are you a 49ers fan or a Raiders fan? It matters out here. It sure does in my family. I personally stopped loving the Raiders years ago when they moved to L.A. and stopped loving me. But, LOTS of my family are Silver and Black faithfuls. Still, those 49er fans are a little torn about their new stadium. Who is your team?
11. You know it's over when you start looking for this...
If you love fall like I do, it's only a matter of time in September when you're trying to map out your favorite pumpkin patches. Which one to go to? Can you do more than four in a day? My favorite? The Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay. It's always the second weekend in October. LOVE IT.
12. You have a dozen new crock pot recipes you just can't wait to try!
That crock pot has been put away for a long summer's nap and it's about time to bring her out into the light of day. How many new recipes have you found since you've been apart? My Pinterest board is FULL of them!
13. And then you call your friends to do this...
Have you called your friends to put a date on the calendar for a corn maze date!? Yeah, you're pretty much over summer now. Who can think of corn and pumpkins and putting on your favorite boots and NOT head out to a corn maze for a little fun?
How many of these signs have you checked off your list? Send this article to your friend and see how many she can check off. The winner gets to drive to the nearest coffee house for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.