The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

October 7, 2012

Feels like fall outside


— Just loving the weather ...

— We have finally, officially, entered into fall, my favorite season of the year.

I have mentioned repeatedly in the past that I am NOT a summertime person. Winter can be pretty nice, if we don’t have to deal with excessive amounts of snow and ice. Spring is awesome, and comes in second place on my personal seasonal ranking scale.

But fall is when a whole lot of good stuff happens. The temperatures finally start going down, which means we can turn off the air conditioners at the Kellar Estate and start wearing long sleeves and sweat shirts.

 It is the season of cooking up soups, stews and chili in the crock pot; of steaming mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows; of watching high school, college and Dallas Cowboys football; of finding the kids costumes and going to Halloween on the Square; of getting the family together for Thanksgiving; of Black Friday shopping; of tree lightings, parades, carols and the lead-up to Christmas Day; and of snuggling under the covers on crispy cool mornings.

— Of course, there is a LOT more going on during the season, especially at the Kellar Estate. During the first week of November our son Jason turns 6 and our granddaughter Lauryn turns 5, right before Vida and I will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary.

This past Friday night, Vida and the other local Girl Scout leaders took a group of the younger girls under their care to see “Frankenweenie” and then had a Halloween-themed lock-in at Kavanaugh United Methodist Church. And on October 27 is the annual Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance.

— The rush of cooler air Friday night was an especially welcome event for our dogs, Millie the Spaniel-Mix Dust Mop with Legs and Bosco, the Overgrown Schnauzer Puppy. I took them outside for their nightly walk and they positively jumped for joy, as they apparently realized having round-the-clock fur coats was actually a good thing during the fall and winter, rather than a curse during a Texas summer.

On the other hand, with the aforementioned shutting off of the air conditioner and with Vida and Jaylynn not being around Friday night, every single noise in the otherwise silent Estate was freaking the canines out, which meant I did not get a whole lot of sleep during the evening.

Still fall is, to me, the best time of the year. It can be chilly and it will probably be hectic, but that just means there are going to be some really cool memories coming up ...

Just a thought ...

Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer