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Livin' la Vida Lacy - Autumn's arrival a great delight

As I mentioned last week, I’m already setting the tone for fall. New fall wreath? Check. Stacked pumpkins? Check? New fall scents for body, house and car? Check, check and check!

So far, I’m channeling everything fall and patiently waiting for the leaves to change along with the temperature. It’s during this season that I’m particularly grateful to be a Tennessean. Our friends in Fresno, Calif., say that if you blink, you miss autumn there. How sad is that?

So, what makes fall the best season? The world looks magical with bright pops of color and sweaters are coming back, just to pick my top two reasons. Anyway, I’d like to share a few of my favorite things to do, eat and buy this time of year that make my heart happy.
Visit the McMinnville Farmers Market. I bought a perfectly sized yellow mum, some pumpkins to stack and some handcrafted soaps from Aunt Dee’s booth. Ross and I both enjoy the scents of the patchouli sandalwood bar along with the cedar and lavender combo.

Next time you’re in Cookeville, skip Starbucks and try Poet’s. I’m not a pumpkin spiced latte fan. (That admission usually solicits the same reaction as when I admit to not liking sweet tea.) Not only is Poet’s locally owned, but their specialty menu truly provides autumn in a cup. My favorite flavor is called Sweater Weather, but they also offer four other yummy seasonal lattes.

Host a bonfire and invite people over. When I think of bonfires, I think of friends, flannel and food – chili and s’mores, if I’m being more specific. It’s a casual, cozy social setting and if you have kids, you can set up a table for pumpkin painting.

Not feeling social? Curl up on your couch and watch a movie. Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween begins Oct. 1 and I always make time to watch my favorites – "Hocus Pocus" and "The Addams Family." If I want to be productive, I’ll even do my laundry in-between commercials. If not, I’ll light either my Paddywax Tobacco & Patchouli or Bath & Body Marshmallow Fireside candle and settle in.

Add a few new pieces of fall décor to your collection. If you have time for DIY Pinterest projects, that’s great. The Dollar Tree has plenty of faux leaves and vines for you to wrap pumpkins or any item of your choosing. (That’s as crafty as I’m getting this year.)  I’m a huge fan of Kirkland’s and if you need a garden flag, no one has a better selection than Always in Bloom. 

Traditions are fun, but so is trying something new. If you haven’t been to a corn maze in a while or picked a pumpkin from its patch, go for it. Don’t be a fuddy dud. Eat the slice of pecan pie. Drink a hot cup of apple cider. Go for a walk or hike to admire God’s creation. Make your autumn awesome.

Happy fall, y’all!

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.