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The seasons are changing, and I’m not ready

I walked out of my house about a week ago, and noticed leaves on the ground.

Driving to work Saturday, there were different colors beginning to form in the neighborhood trees.

The air is cooler in the mornings and the pumpkin-spiced everythings are hitting the store shelves.

Autumn is almost here, and I’m not ready for it.

I’m not ready for the falling leaves littering the yard. I’m not ready for talk of Halloween or Thanksgiving (or Christmas parades). I’m not ready for pumpkin-flavored food items, although I will gladly eat some of them.

People are digging their jackets and hoodies out of storage.

There’s a time for all of that, and it just doesn’t seem as if it’s now.

It’s not as if I don’t enjoy autumn. Don’t get me wrong, it’s probably my second-favorite season (the first being spring, but only because my birthday is there). I like the cool breeze. I like Halloween. I like the various soups I get to eat when the temperature starts to lower.

I enjoy sampling the family applebutter once it has been made, usually from apples purchased in Walnut Creek, Ohio.

There is a lot to do this time of year, and we all try to get our fill before the snow starts to fall and we find ourselves spending more time indoors.

There’s football and fall colors, nice community events such as the local county fairs and various festivals.

Autumn is great!

I think it has more to do with my just not really being able to have much of a summer this year.

There was a list of things I had hoped to be able to do. People I wanted to visit, weekend trips I had hoped to take.

I thought about getting some maintenance on my bicycle and taking some time to ride it. I’m getting older, and I need to find some ways to stay active physically.

I wanted to take a few drives around the local area and possibly try to work on some photography skills. It’s something used to enjoy, but really don’t get to do outside of work these days

I have a growing stack of books I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time, and it’s definitely taking much longer than I prefer.

Unfortunately, sometimes life has other plans and I simply was not able to accomplish much of what I had hoped.

So, now here we are, looking out of our windows, or sitting on our porches and watching as the trees change from greens to various shades of reds, yellows and oranges.

We’re getting out the fall decorations, making plans to visit spookhouse attractions (such as the Haunted School of Terror in Weirton), looking for the specialty flavored coffees, maybe planning a costume for Halloween or thinking up a guest list for Thanksgiving dinner.

As I said, I truly do enjoy autumn.

Some of my favorite trips have taken place during this season.

There have weekend trips to Gettysburg, with walks and drives through cemeteries and battlefields, along with nightly ghost tours through the town.

There have been drives through the mountains of West Virginia, with stops in Canaan Valley to look for deer and a stop at Blackwater Falls.

Even just spending an afternoon walking around Tomlinson Run, with the leaves crunching under my feet as I walk around the trails has been enjoyable.

It’s an enjoyable time of year, with a lot of great things to do.

Since you can’t stop time, all we can do is accept that the season is changing.

I just hope I can find some time to enjoy it. After all, with a cool autumn upon us it means only one thing.

Winter is coming.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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