Goodbye September [a fall-ish tag]

Julia from over at Lit Aflame tagged me to do a Hello September tag, but alas September is almost over. So I’m calling it Goodbye September (in case the title of this post didn’t clue you in). Thank you so much for tagging me, Julia!

This is very much a written-in-my-jammies-from-under-a-blanket post. Aka: super chill. Let’s go, kids.

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The Rules:

hello september blog tag.jpg~Please copy the questions below, answer them, and then write out your new questions (or you can even copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.

~Please nominate at least three bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been tagged.

~Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!

The Questions:

  1. Do you like fall? Why or why not?

Yes, I like fall, but not for fall’s sake.

I like fall because it means summer is over and winter is on its way. If you’ve been around Penprints for a while, you may remember this post about how much I love winter. It is my absolute favorite season, and I enjoy fall because it’s the gateway to winter.

I love that though so many things die in the fall, they die in the promise of resting for the winter and bursting back to life in the spring.

So, yes, I like fall.

  1. Favorite fall book?

Now for this one, I couldn’t decide. Because so many of my favorite books take place in the fall or partially in the fall. Like A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. Like Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I don’t have a Nadine Brandes problem, I promise. Like The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

So for now, let’s go with those three. :)

  1. Favorite fall time memory?

Ohhhh, I really like this question.

My siblings and I were all homeschooled, and Mom would take us out to a pumpkin farm almost every year to pick pumpkins and go through a corn maze and get donuts and such. Those were always fun, very fall-ish trips.

But more dearly than that, I remember school starting up and the little routines Mom would put in place for us. We’d go pick out calendars—one for each of us—and each morning we’d pick a sticker for the weather and then a sticker just for fun to put in our calendars.

Part of our morning routine with the calendars was for my brother Luke (only two years older than me) and me to recite the months of the year, the day’s date, our address, and our phone number to our older sister and brother—Arielle and Caleb. They already knew that info, but they were supposed to help us memorize it.

I don’t know what it is, but I just love thinking about that time in the mornings—excited about my new calendar, picking out stickers, sitting by my sister, rattling off our address to her and Caleb, probably wearing some jeans with embroidered flares and a nice, bulky, pink sweatshirt, Mom somewhere in the background getting other school stuff for the day out.

Even though it’s a mundane memory, I just loved being with them like that—simply and daily. I miss it.

  1. Picture fall as a character and write a small something from his/her pov.

This one is sooo good, but my creativity is nil probably because I was just crying about how my siblings and I are all grown up and won’t be doing the calendar stickers or address recitations together ever again and the happy-sadness drained me. So, I’m going to take a rain check on this one; maybe I’ll make it into a post for later this fall!

  1. Is there a song that makes you think of fall?

I have no idea why, but Lion’s Den by Little Chief makes me want to pull on socks, cozy up in a blanket, and weep for joy. Also, Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons. Maybe it’s the mellow, calming nature of both songs. I’m not sure.

I just want to climb on a train, listen to those songs, and cry softly and happily as trees of golden orange pass my window. (Trains also make me think of fall? Apparently?) *writes the rest of this post listening to those songs on repeat*

  1. Wind or rain (or both)?

I say both, but if I have to choose, I say rain. I could write a love song to the rain, and maybe I will one day. (Or maybe it’ll be just a really bad poem because I can’t write songs or poetic poetry.)

  1. What is your favorite warm drink?

Chai lattes! Recently, I’ve been getting dirty chais (chai lattes with a shot of espresso), and one of the baristas at my local coffee shop recommended I try it made with half and half instead of whole milk.

Kids, get the chai made with half and half instead of whole milk (it has a special name, but I cannot for the life of me remember it).

I loved chai lattes already; the moment I tasted a chai made with half and half, I wanted to renew our vows (the vows between chai lattes and I, obviously). It was ridiculously, remarkably, and radically delicious. No. joke. (Chai is no joking matter, kids.)

  1. What do you look forward to doing the most in the fall?

Adding layers. I love adding layers.

I love helping the kids I nanny into their fleeces before we go play outside. I love tugging on a hoody. I love having the jackets hanging by the door.

I don’t know what it is about adding layers; it’s just so… warm and close. (I realize this question was probably supposed to be about apple picking or corn mazes or something, but I enjoy the little things.)

  1. What is the worst thing about fall?

Everyone loses their mind about fall.

Either they’re weeping about summer being over OR they’re weeping because they’ve been trying to break out their boots since July. Either they’re super sad and melancholy and whiny OR they’re shouting about fall from the rooftops.

Calm down, people.

  1. Give one tip or challenge for fall.

Regardless of whether you like fall or not, go into the fall of 2018 it with expectancy and hope.

Regardless of whether you’re experiencing a whole bunch of firsts or a whole bunch of lasts, live alive.

Make a fall bucket list and start checking things off.

Stop living in the past. Stop dreaming of the future. Embrace this fall day by day. Embrace this life day by day.

You will never again be with these people in this place at this time ever again, for when the fall of 2019 comes around, you will not be the same person you are now and neither will these people be the same as they are now.

You have been given the fall of 2018 to live once. Live it.

My Questions (I’m totally stealing some of these from Julia):

  1. Favorite fall time memory?
  2. Picture fall as a character and write something from his/her pov!
  3. Give one tip or challenge for this fall.
  4. What books are you reading/wanting to read this fall?
  5. Fall isn’t fall without…
  6. Of all the fall colors, which is your favorite and why?
  7. If you could dress up as anything for Halloween, who/what would you be? Why?
  8. What are ten words that remind you of fall (e.g. – crisp, golden, leaves)?
  9. Create a myth why about leaves change color and fall.
  10. What are you harvesting in your life right now (i.e. – what projects are coming to fruition, what things are you learning, etc.)?

The Tagged:

Pick one of these questions and answer it in the comments! And if you decide to take the tag, leave me the link!

With love,


p.s. – keep a weather eye on my Instagram tomorrow. Crazy things will be happening. O.o

p.p.s. – My dear fireflies (you know who you are)! A very exciting memo from High Command will be coming to your inbox next week. We’ll all just pretend I didn’t totally miss sending out a September memo.

6 thoughts on “Goodbye September [a fall-ish tag]

  1. Ah fall! I bid a sweet good bye to the summer and garden season and hello to the harvest!

    I love the transition colors of reddish/orange! I love the cooler days and yes those layers (and boots)!

    I love that we were able to finish izzys rooms because I could take the window out to paint since it is cool enough and all the bugs are pretty much dead! 🎉

    I look forward to cool walks, carving pumpkins (crazily with my big knife), and I even love watching the traditional farmers harvest as their fields disappear row by row.

    Things I am not looking forward to…having to clean up the weeds in the garden so that I can start fresh supposedly next year as I know way too many weeds already dropped its seed and I will have to contend with it anyways (but that is for next year to worry over)

    I don’t like the chickens molting cause let me just say it isn’t pretty chicken city over here anymore.

    Any who I loved your post and I love that you dig the small things cause it is the small things that make up life my dirty chai with half and half lover! (Maybe they could try with real heavy cream next time even) 😉


  2. I love that memory! *sniffs* now you’ve got me thinking about the little things we used to do as kids.
    And yeeeah, honestly if I didn’t have people shouting in my ear it’s Fall I would probably never notice, I kinda see Summer and Fall in the same light and only get excited about Winter. XD


  3. I always get my chai lattes with soy milk (the vanilla flavoring adds a fun zip to the flavor, plus I try to avoid lactose) but you’ve got me really curious about the half and half now…

    You’ll recall I hate the coldness (and especially the darkness) of winter after many, many years living out west, which means for a while now fall has always filled me with depression and dread. But now that I’ve been back in sunny Florida for 2.5 years, I’m feeling a renewed liking for fall & winter, Florida-style. My favorite color used to be green but it turned into sunny yellows and oranges because they were warmer. And what season is more yellow/orange than fall? Plus I do enjoy warm chili, a hot cup of chai, anything pumpkin-flavored, especially if there’s a hint of a chill in the air. (Not that we’re experiencing that yet.) And while it still gets dark earlier which still makes me sad, I’m pretty sure it’s not nearly as bad as it was since I’m farther south.


  4. I love fall and I love your fall memory! It’s so sweet! I also have some great memories of corn mazes and hot apple cider and such. Homeschoolers unite and chai lattes for the win! I just had one today actually haha.


  5. whoa, I love the routine you and your siblings had- that’s so sweet and adorable w o w. <3 I do remember that my parents made sure their phone numbers and our address was ingrained into my siblings'and my mind, but I don't remember how. ;P And also, yes, it's kinda annoying how people freak out so much about fall. I get it? but still.
    Thanks for tagging me! ;) JK,
    Lilian –



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