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My Favorite Time Of Year

September 3, 2021

It was 90 degrees today.

Hot, right?

Maybe. But, even at 90 degrees, there’s a chill in the air. There’s a hint of faded leaves clogging the gutters and covering the yard. There’s a whisper of a crisp Fall afternoon at a football game. There’s a smell of roasted turkey and crisp apple pie.

It’s Labor Day weekend. Neither technically or symbolically the end of Summer just yet. But, the hint is there, like a shadow that hasn’t been cast yet.

I love this time of year. And Utah is a wonderful place for Fall. We go all out. My yard has eight maple trees. They are six years old and about 30 feet tall. Right now they are fully decked out with rich green vibrant leaves. But, in another few weeks they will start to turn and depending on exactly when the nights get chilly, my trees will light up in a blaze of reds, oranges and yellows.

Our mountains are already starting to hint at their Fall colors. Our mountains and canyons will be picture postcard quality soon.

High school football started last week. Pleasant Grove is a 6A high school. They opened their season against Orem high school, a 5A school. It wasn’t close. In fact, Orem crushed them 42-16. The only bright spot being safety that PG managed to score on a bungled punt attempt late in the third quarter.

My son, a Senior cornerback on last years team couldn’t believe how badly his former team got beat.

Ah. . .Orem is the four time defending 5A state champion


Yesterday University of Utah opened their season with a win. Tomorrow BYU has their first game.

Halloween is coming up. We don’t get into as much anymore since the kids are grown. But, then comes Thanksgiving. And after Thanksgiving the house gets decorated with our Christmas light show. It runs until January.

Fall is my favorite time of year. And it starts on Tuesday. . .even if it’s 90 degrees.

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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