Everything feels like Fall....

Yes, I know. It is still Summer, at least, for a few more days. But,....it FEELS like Autumn.

Leaves are changing and falling from the trees [gasp], the kiddos are are back in school, temperatures have dropped, crickets are loud, pumpkin spice is everywhere (hate it or love it) and Fall Fairs have begun.

To start off, here is my first question; if you have children...how did you feel on the first day back to school? Happy, sad, relief, anxious? Personally, as a single Mom, I was relieved to see my kids back to the grind. Being a “go-with-the-flow” type of person, school gave my children the routine they needed. A “sitter” for the day, and they were able to socialize on a daily basis with their friends/peers. Gym class, also, provided the daily exercise.

Speaking of socializing & routine,...each and every year it was a MUST to hit-up the Fall Fair. This year marks the 167th Annual Owen Sound Fall Fair. It takes place September 5 - 7th with tons of activities crammed in for your enjoyment, and operated by the Owen Sound Agricultural Society.

Of course, the big draw for most children and teens is no doubt the Midway. There is so much more than twirly, spinning rides, such as.....a Quilt & Homecraft Show, local Truck Pull, Owen Sound 4-H Show, antique tractor pull, modern square dance demo, ice cream & pie eating contest.....Plus, a steam engine, chainsaw carver and lots of vendors. More information & forms to enter events are available through owensoundfallfair.com.

It certainly is a busy time of year as one season prepares to end and another to begin. So, enjoy. Enjoy it all before the trees are once again bare, we start to look like roly-poly marshmallows stuffed in our winter jackets, mud puddles form, the lawns turn yellow and Pumpkin Spice flavours slowly turn into Candy Cane. Yes. Enjoy the changing colours of the leaves, the fresh cool mornings, the school buses, the smell of wood stoves, the longer evenings, the beautiful mums that replace Summer flowers, and the Fall Fairs. Let’s enjoy every season for what it brings to the table. Happy end of Summer, almost Autumn!

- Donna