Friday, October 9, 2020

Falling into Romance? by Hannah Rowan #RomanceGems

The leaves are turning brilliant colors of orange and yellow, the air is crisp, and there’s frost on car windows in the mornings.  Mums decorate gardens and pumpkins proliferate everywhere. Pumpkin flavor is all the rage, though honestly the thought of pumpkin ice cream or pumpkin-flavored coffee strikes me as rather gross. Spooky decorations abound.

Fall is the time of year when I have clothes strewn all over the house while I’m in the process of washing and storing all my summer clothes, digging out the sweaters, and trying to decide how to dress in the changing weather.

Fall once had its good points. As a child I’d be excited about the start of school. (Yes, I was that kind of kid!) I enjoyed raking leaves into a big pile and setting it on fire, which was legal at the time. And of course there was Halloween when I trudged from door to door filling my pillowcase with yummy treats.

But now…fall means it’s about to get cold!  It means I have to set aside my sandals and squeeze my feet into confining shoes. It means no more Jersey tomatoes or sweet corn from the farm stand.

For me, fall is redeemed by one thing—my wedding anniversary starts off the season. It’s become our tradition to take some sort of special trip in honor of the occasion, and I do love to travel. As the years go on our celebrations have evolved from something along the lines of an overnight trip to the Poconos complete with the heart-shaped whirlpool tub to a week in Europe.

Under normal circumstances this year, our 45th, would have involved some sort of extra special destination.

What we ended up with was two nights in upstate New York in a resort called Mohonk Mountain House, which honors the spooky part of fall by resembling a haunted Stephen King-like castle. With some trepidation, we ate our meals inside a public place for the first time in over six months.

I swam in the indoor pool and he worked out in the gym, the only guests using them. What a treat after missing my daily swim all these months!

And we walked and walked. Up very high hills where we could look out over the landscape and gaze at the colorful leaves. Through gardens and greenhouses festooned with pumpkins of all sizes. We were lucky to have sunshine and fairly warm weather.

So if my fellow Gems are celebrating Fall into Romance this month, I suppose you could say I qualify, and maybe fall isn’t so bad after all.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us. I hope it was a fun time.

  2. I would love to be up north in the fall. That's one of my dream trips. Being in Texas, we don't really have fall.

  3. Sounds like a perfect getaway and congrats of your 45th! We’re all making the best of it and it sounds lik you certainly found the perfect place to do that. Cheers!

  4. How awesome you were able to sneak away! I do miss adventuring. I've never been to Mohonk Mountain House, but it looks and sounds great. Happy 45th to you and hubby, and many, many more adventures to come!

  5. Sometimes those weekend celebrations are the most memorable. Sounds like a wonderful time. Happy Anniversary.

  6. Happy Anniversary!! Nicely done on those 45 years!!

  7. Your posts always make me nostalgic. I so miss the Jersey Shore and trips to Upstate NY, probably one of the most beautiful areas in the nature to experience fall. Happy 45th! May you have many more.

  8. I've never been to that part of New York. I hear it's beautiful. A perfect place to celebrate. How fortunate you got to stay I a castle, almost haunted. Memorable. Happy Anniversary.

  9. Thank you! The really cool thing that I didn't want to put in my post was that Stephen King often goes there to write, and he has claim to room 666. A friend who goes there all the time gave me some tips, including that bit of info. She said when he's not going to be there he releases the room and she stayed in that room with her husband one time. I keep forgetting to ask her if it seemed haunted!

  10. Upstate NY is definitely beautiful this time of year. Thanks for sharing, Hannah.

  11. Wishing you a belated Happy Anniversary!


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