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coasterqueen wrote: I was driving home from work today thinking about how beautiful the autumn season is. I love watching the trees turn the most beautiful colors, the wind picking up, the leaves blowing around, the corn and bean crops ready for harvest, the farmers out there harvesting, and the crisp air. There is nothing more gorgeous than that, especially living in the country and seeing trees for miles in the most beautiful array of colors. It's like looking at a canvas being painted slowly day by day. A masterpiece!

Then I thought about how those in other states that don't get to experience this. That actually made me sad because it's just so gorgeous I think everyone should get to experience this. I thought how fortunate I am to experience every season and think about what I like about each one. And yes, I found something great about winter despite the bitter cold temperatures I do not like. happy.gif I thought how do people watch Christmas movies and see snow in them and not have that feeling that it's not Christmas, kwim?

I could go on forever on the thoughts I had.

So after my rambling here, can those of you who don't experience every season tell me do you wish you could? How is Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas like for you not experiencing it how society portrays these holidays? Or am I seeing it portrayed in a different light? I mean say you watched Charlie Brown's Halloween tv show (whatever it's called - It's A Great Pumpking Charlie Brown or something like that) and it shows what autumn and Halloween are really like, or what I think they are like with the season - how can you not wish you had that?

I'm not being sarcastic with my thoughts or saying that I am any better, but I can't help but to feel like I have the best of all worlds getting to experience every season with the good AND the bad. I can't imagine my children experiencing them any other way.

Can you enlighten me here?

punkeemunkee'smom replied: I grew up on the east coast so I had all the seasons growing up and so did DH so we talk about how much we miss them and how Tay would love the leaves changing and snow falling and such (although some places in east Texas do get that) Of course for us some years-we can be swimming when alot of the rest of the country is freezing their buns off wink.gif cool.gif laugh.gif

Maddie&EthansMom replied: What parts of the country are you referring to? biggrin.gif Just curious.

Hillbilly Housewife replied: Hmmm. We have tons of gorgeous parks and small lakes etc... so we see the turning of foliage etc... we see all the seasons here too - the typical seasons that is... like the oranges and yellows and golds and reds of fall, the white crisp snow of winter, the smell of thawaing dog crap and green buds in spring and the hot sticky summer days.

But around here, we call them "Almost Winter", "Winter", "Still Winter" and "Construction".

MyBlueEyedBabies replied: Well I grew up in Southern CA....there we had sweatshirt season, rainy season, and summer.
Hosetly I don't really think having seasons is better than not. Yeah it's pretty to see the leaves change colors, and having snow is kinda cool (the first couple times) but much past that I think CA was just as great.
For Halloween I could dress up as whatever I wanted, my kids will have to wear something either really warm or something that can be worn with a snow suit.
Snow...we could just drive to the mountains. It was a shorter drive to go skiing living where we were near the beach then it is now and we are right up against the rockies. The skiing is better here (or so I've heard I don't do any sport on water...of any form) but closer there. And for me Christmas doesn't have to be snowy or even cold, just a time with family.

cameragirl21 replied: haha, Karen, I'm in Miami, we have no seasons here, unless you call it getting down to 60 degrees to be cold, which we do. I grew up in Ohio so I saw the changing of the seasons so it's not to say I don't know what they look like.
For me as a photographer, this is perfect because I can shoot outside year around instead of being forced to do everything in studio during parts of the year.
I also like feeling like I'm always on vacation because I equate palm trees and beaches with a vacation.
I definitely want to go skiing this season and would love to see what you're seeing with regard to the changing colors of the leaves, etc but not enough to give up living in tropical Miami to move where you are.
I'd love to visit you but wouldn't like to stick around forever because I prefer palm trees to changing leaves.
That's not to say that I think I have it better than you either, it's just a matter of personal preference.

coasterqueen replied:
I guess it's growing up in an area where we get it all. We just don't have one season all year long (for the most part). To me, that would get VERY boring. wacko.gif

I guess the key is each of us probably feel like we have the best of all worlds where we live when it comes to seasons because that is what we are used to.

I know Dh missed all of autumn and most of winter being in Louisiana last year and he said it was the most depressing thing ever. He hated how it was warm all the time. He liked the seasons and he's been so giddy (more than me - I always get giddy with the changing seasons) with autumn arriving.

Jennifer - to me the most awesome time to take photos is autumn/fall. The most gorgeous time IMO; Spring would be second up. Every autumn I wish I was a professional photographer so I could be outside all day taking fabulous photographs. Ah, but alas, I'm not. rolleyes.gif

I guess I just love the changing of seasons from spring to summer, summer to autumn/fall, autumn to winter, winter to spring. Each season brings it's good and bad and they are exciting to see the changes our earth goes through with each season - seeing Mother Nature at her best. It's beautiful to me.

coasterqueen replied:
I'm not pinpointing one exact part of the country; I guess I mean those areas of the country that don't experience ALL seasons.

Unless you are referring to when I mentioned living in the country. Not sure what you are meaning by your question that I didn't generalize? unsure.gif

Maddie&EthansMom replied:
Sorry, I'm slow tonight. laugh.gif I realized how dumb my question was when I read your post again. tongue.gif

We do experience every season here, although it's a lot milder in the winter than most places. I do know what you mean and I've often wondered it myself. wink.gif How do you celebrate Christmas wearing shorts? tongue.gif Seems unusual to me. Spring and Fall are also my favorite times of the year. We live north of Dallas and our town happens to be more wooded than most towns around here and we have a lot of hills compared to the rest of Dallas. I love driving around in the country and looking at all the trees in the fall. wub.gif It makes me want to eat apples and buy brown and orange clothing. rolling_smile.gif It's still pretty hot here, though. dry.gif

luvmykids replied: I'm fortunate enough to have always lived right here where we do have all four seasons, sometimes when it's the middle of a bitter winter I wish I was somewhere else but over all I love it. Our weather is a huge attraction to people year round and there are things equated with each season, the State Fair and Balloon Fiesta are always equated with fall, etc. There are even some places I only go in winter, like Old Town, because to me a huge part of what I love about it is associated with memories of walking around, bundled up, seeing the shops decked out for Christmas. It's just not the same any other time of year.

CantWait replied: Karen I couldn't agree with you more. I love living in Canada and getting to experience 4 seasons, sometimes all in one day. To often we're potrayed as an only cold country, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Fall is my favourite though and I go through the same emotions as I go about my daily drives. That's why I love taking the kids out and taking pictures of them (the best of both worlds in one).

I often feel sorry for people that don't get to experience snow and all the fun you can have with it. Everything from making snow forts, snow angels, snow men, and just catching snow flakes on your tongue....ok I've gotten cheesy, but you know what I mean.

CantWait replied:
Once again Rocky, so right......don't ya love spring when all ya smell is poop. emlaugh.gif emlaugh.gif

coasterqueen replied: Aimee - No sweat. I thought maybe I was not getting it. I'm beat tonight so it's highly possible. happy.gif And we've had very hot temps lately for the past few days but on the drive home a front was coming through and it was a beautiful fall afternoon. I sometimes wish I could just drive for hours when it's like this outside. happy.gif

Monica - there are certain places in Illinois we really love to drive to for different seasons as well. Carbondale this time of the year is absolutely gorgeous, more so than where I'm at. I agree, not just in winter, but in every season there is a part of me ready to move on to the next...moreso in winter though. tongue.gif

Marie - I can't imagine not having winter,either. I get the winter blues, much like you, but there is still some beautiful things about winter and snowmen and such are part of it. I secretly love it when we get TONS of snow to where we are snowed in.....but alas that hasn't happened around here since I was a kid. dry.gif We've had "snowed in" days since then but I can't remember a time like when I was a kid, driving in my parents car down our road and seeing the snow so high you couldn't see land for miles.

mom2my2cuties replied:
Amiee -

Dallas has 4 seasons - REALLY -

Almost Summer


Still Summer



I can't remember where I saw this but it was pretty funny smile.gif And you are right - where you are is totally different that Dallas - Gotta love that 40 minute drive smile.gif

Now that I live in Nashville - we do get all the seasons...I can't WAIT for fall to hit hard here with the leaves changing. Gonna be GREAT picture taking time.

mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied: I see what you're saying because here in Colorado we have almost all seasons and it's GREAT! Totally different then what I grew up with...which was in California. But at the same time, I miss the beauty of the ocean and being on a beach in NOVEMBER! And having 70 degree weather year-round. I'm sad that my kids will never experience picking up seashells on the shore (unless we're on vacation). So in all honesty, every place has it's good and it's bad. I love the mountains and I love the snow (for awhile)...and I LOVE this time of year with the orange and red aspens, but I also loved fall in California too. It's all about what you're used to I guess.

CantWait replied:
Awww yes, the winter blues, totally forgot about that. As for being snowed in, New Brunswick is famous for it's snow. I remember the one winter we spent here and I couldn't believe how much snow there was. We need a scared smilie face.... ohmy.gif

coasterqueen replied:
Very good view. Thank you for that Rae. thumb.gif Very true.

C&K*s Mommie replied: I truly wish that we could have a snow day here as we did some 15years or so ago. We had snow for an entire day out of the blue, and have not had it since. I want the girls to be able to experience snow sometime in their young life. happy.gif

To answer your question, I indeed would love to be able to experience the beauty of some the seasons as some of our neighbors to the north do a couple times a yr. Fall has its own beauty here in this part of Florida, but you are right Karen it is nothing like the breathtaking splendor of seeing the hues of yellow, orange & reds on the trees. Having leaf lined roads, while enjoying the crisp cool air as you take a stroll. Maybe my ideas and dreams of what a true autumn is like, is grandiose and maybe rarely is it anything like the portrayal of it in movies/on tv. But I have a picture of that beauty in my mind, and I would love to be able to truly experience a true autumn one day. Same with the snow. I think I would be a nervous wreck trying to drive in snow, but I would love to be as in bewilderment as I am sure our girls would be at the sight of snow. Snow angels would be a joy. Building a snow man for only the second time in my life would be a thrill. Seeing blankets of the white stuff all on the ground and seeing animal tracks on top... what a amazing sight I think that would be! happy.gif

The same as I as a Floridian for most of my life have ideas of what certain seasons would be like, I am sure people are surprised when they come here for the first time and see that tv/the movies did not do a great job in depicting all of Florida. We have beauty here, but we have city-life as well. It is not all beaches & white sands & palm trees (although I love the beaches around these parts-- the Panhandle of Florida).

Boys r us replied: Oh Karen, I'm with you!!! I live in VA and we have 4 very distinct seasons and I can't imagine it any other way! I truly love each season for it's own beauty, but fall is my favorite!

Brias3 replied: I'm thinking that Christmas and other holidays "feel" the way you have always experienced them. If you live somewhere where you never have had snow on Christmas, I would think you're used to that fact and Christmas still feels like Christmas just the same! However, for someone like me who is used to snow and the winter temps associated with the holiday, its really weird for us when we are down in FL spending Christmas at the condo. It's a different kind of nice though!

I love the seasons though. I grew up experiencing all four seasons every year and I love this time of year!

C&K*s Mommie replied: The only time, especially of the later years, that Christmas has not "felt" like Christmas was because the temps during the day were warmer than what I had been used too. During the daytime a light jacket would do just fine. Otherwise Christmas as far as temps is chilly, but that is where sweaters and children being bundled up comes in. White Christmases are non-existent in Florida, but I would not mind having that ideal holiday weather every now and again. happy.gif

MoonMama replied: I agree I absolutely love fall, its so beautiful and the holiday season is in the air. My family goes apple picking out at my aunts farm one weekend every year, something I really look forward to all year. Then we all sit around as a family, play games, drink hot cocoa and make apple pies. We eat some of the pies but most of them get taken to local families in need. I love that we still have these traditions in my family esp DH because his family never really had any. I can't wait to share them with Braed. The first time I took DH with us we had only been dating about 3 months. But he picked up this really pretty maple leaf and when I asked him about it he told me he was going to find and keep the perfect one every year for the rest of our lives. wub.giflovebirds.gif kisscheek.gif He has this album he keeps them in along with a pic of the two of us taken to go with that years leaf, its so sweet! wub.gif Silly I know but it means the world to me. love2.gif Like you I could go on and on. rolling_smile.gif I just love it! thumb.gif I'm glad we get all the season here too. thumb.gif

Hillbilly Housewife replied:

We all wear tuques on our heads, wear snow boots all year, eat beavers' tails, live in igloos, and say aboot.


MoonMama replied:
rolling_smile.gif Rocky you are too funny girl!

Our Lil' Family replied: Well tell DH that at least he got to go home! I'm stuck here in Louisiana and have been all my life. We have 1 1/2 seasons....summer and just barely cold enough for a gumbo! And our winters are getting hotter every year. Last year we didn't even get a hard freeze, I never had to take in my plants!

DH and I dream to see a white Christmas one day, meaning we'll have to go away for that holiday! rolleyes.gif

My mom loves the changing of the colors as well and was supposed to go to NC to see the leaves change this year but had to miss it.

I can honestly say I am ready to move out of LA. Yes, all of our family is here (with the exception of a few in TX-I'm working on Tim, goal is Dallas! ) but I really want to experience living in another state...this is not the only place there is!!!

coasterqueen replied:
laugh.gif I'll have to tell him that. When he was there he was freaked out one more to find frost on his windows. It has been so hot the day before. So when we met in Memphis we tried shopping for a coat for him (thinking it was going to get colder in LA) and they didn't sell actual winter coats (or what we think of them) so I had to mail him one. Of course he didn't need it. rolleyes.gif

CantWait replied:
Don't forget we travel by dogsled.... emlaugh.gif

Boo&BugsMom replied: I love having all the seasons because usually once I'm sick of one, the next is right around the corner. I need constant change so I like that. The only thing I hate about WI is that the weather is so unpredictable here. Lately it's been raining so much it feels like Spring instead of fall. mad.gif I love having snow at Christmas though. I can't stand it if there isn't any snow on the ground on Christmas day.

gr33n3y3z replied: We have all the seasons also and they make me sneeze
But the trees are so pretty when they change colors and the leaves fall
But I will have to say I like winter the best

TANNER'S MOM replied: Oh Karen I agree. When the leaves are changing like this I just sit and look out the windows for hours and at how pretty it is. I love the woods by my house they are so pretty. This morning I saw 6 deer just grazing in the back yard. The cooler temps have them stirring. I love it.

We have been spending alot of time outside. My kids know that it gets too hot in the summer 105.. to stay outside alot so when Fall comes it's time to play before winter comes.

Now as a Mom when I think of seasons I think of times shared with my kids. I remember the kids picking up leaves for the first time. I think of them making big piles and jumping in them. I think of the first snow of the year, I called in last year said I couldn't make it work... I guess I couldn've but what fun is that. I stayed home all day and we rode horses, four wheelers , made snow men, had hot chocolate and played. Those are the times I love. When I look outside when nothing has yet walked on the pretty white snow so bright your eyes hurt..and even though it's 6 in the morning you run thru the house and tell all the kids to get up and go look out side cause it's a snow day.. lol The one thing I hate about winter is it's harder on the animals and me. We have to break water and haul daily. But it's worth it.

Summer is hot and fun. Lots of time at the creek playing around.. lots of time with the kids. We go camping and fishing. We ride horses before it gets to hot. 4th of July and beer makes the Summer perfect.\

Then the Spring ..when it warms and you see the Easter Lillies.. and you think of startin over , of having fun , and everything gets reborn. You see the babies calves playing and the young colts bucking and running the fence and suddenly you feel so free that you want to take a deep breath and run too. Bad part of Spring is the tornado's but so far we have been lucky

I love the Season too.

Maddie&EthansMom replied:
You're welcome here anytime. thumb.gif

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