Enjoying Fall on the Prairie

This is my fourth year living in Morris.

This is the first year that I’ve realized how beautiful fall out on the prairie can be. Maybe it’s because it’s senior year and I’m appreciating everything about Morris a little bit more and maybe it’s because  Fall 2014 has been exceptionally beautiful out here on the prairie. It’s probably a little bit of both.

It’s the first day of November and I know that that means fall will be over sooner than later. It’s another perfect day out today, but it’s hard to tell how many more of those we’ll have, especially since the last two days were really, really cold and sort of dreary. You can never tell in Minnesota. One day it’ll be 70 degrees outside and the next day it will be 30 degrees out. Mother Nature offers no guarantees in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Regardless, this is the type of fall people dream about. The type of fall you see on postcards and travel brochures. The number of clear, blue sky days with the sun shining at full force that we’ve had out here in Morris is more than I can count on two hands. It doesn’t even seem real. To make it more dreamlike, the temperature has been absolutely perfect. Most days, a sweatshirt or light jacket have been sufficient outside. Continue reading “Enjoying Fall on the Prairie”

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Christmas in October?

It’s October 22. Halloween hasn’t even come and gone yet.

And I have this sudden urge to listen to Christmas music. As I sit here writing this, I have my Spotify turned on to a Mannheim Steamroller playlist, my go to Christmas artist of choice. I’ve always loved Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas arrangements and I find them to be conducive for studying, which works out perfectly when I’m in the Christmas music mood (a mood that usually only manifests itself between the day after Thanksgiving and December 25).

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME? I have a strict rule that no Christmas music is allowed until the day Continue reading “Christmas in October?”