Follow Us On:


Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 10:05 am

Mark McGee – My Take

“The weather just went from 85 to 55 like it saw a state trooper.”

This quote cannot be credited to a specific person, but I am sure more than one person made the comparison last weekend as we saw a temperature drop of around 20 degrees.

I heard someone ask “where’s fall?” a few days ago when the temperature was in the high 80s and the sun was blazing. Well, those who were wondering got their answer with nighttime low dropping into the 40s.

Call it fall or autumn but the season is definitely here at last. Some people point to Labor Day as the beginning of fall. Others wait for the Fall Equinox which was September 23.

But fall, like the Ghost of Christmas Future in “A Christmas Carol”, is mercurial and decides to embrace us with cooler weather and shorter days in its own sweet time.

Everyone talks about the lazy, hazy days of summer, but to me fall is the most comfortable season of the year.

College and pro football and pro hockey and basketball begin providing plenty for couch potatoes to absorb.


It is a time to sip pumpkin spice lattes, hot tea or hot cider in an attempt to ward off the chill.


Thanksgiving, unless you are attempting to properly cook a turkey, is a most agreeable holiday. No presents to shop for. Just show up at the table and eat and eat and eat some more before passing out on the couch watching football.


Families and friends gather for not only food but fellowship ranging from backyard football to card games. Hopefully, cell phones are put away for the day.


Fireplaces which have been dormant for several months are back in service. Nothing like the smell of firewood and watching the flames while wrapped up in a blanket and reading a good book.


As the trees turn from green to bright orange, yellow and red fall is a great time to drive around the countryside looking at all of nature’s colors. No traffic. No crowds. Just you and nature.


But don’t get carried away with all of this comfort.

Thanksgiving weekend is the first shopping frenzy of the Christmas season so not everyone will be lounging on a couch or in a chair watching football or enjoying a warm fire.

Many who aren’t shopping are going to be out decorating their homes for the holidays. With Christmas tree shortages if you don’t buy one Thanksgiving weekend chances are only a few will be left for procrastinators. And the pickings might be slim.

Yes, fall is the calm before the storm. Revel in the comfort it provides.

I am comfortable I have made my point. Have a great fall y’all.