Maryland is kinda where it’s at when it comes to fall. I know what you’re thinking and yes, I’m still a summer lover, but I’m beginning to truly appreciate all the wonderful things about fall in my home state. Maryland is a state where we absolutely live through the changes of all four seasons. Yes, I wish winter would skip us, but there’s not much I can do about it. I used to hate fall because that meant winter was right around the corner, but I’m trying to live in the moment and embrace the nice weather that fall does indeed bring.
You know it’s fall in Maryland when:
1. It’s 35 degrees in the morning but close to 70 degrees in the afternoon. Do I turn on the heat or put my shorts back on?
2. The stink bugs are out in full force. I don’t know if it’s the Indian summer or what, but these hideous creatures return with a vengeance by September. I never used to kill them because of their smell but have started to recently because, as my hay guy says, “Kill a stink bug, save a farmer.”
3. And speaking of hay – I’m buying it. I have a 3 stall barn with a tack room. Last year I used the 3rd stall for hay storage, but now that Traveller’s here, I keep some hay in the garage (like 25 bales at a time). The other 200+ bales are at my mom’s farm because her loft is big and grand and mine is not so much.
4. There’s nothing quite like the softness of a horse who has just started growing their winter coat. Personally, I love the sleekness that is a summer horse, but the tiniest of fuzziness in late September is pretty cool too. Misty is already tired of me rubbing my cheek on her rump.
5. Indian summer. I know I already mentioned the daily changes in temperature, but there’s nothing quite like a 75 degree day in the middle of October when the leaves are bright and colorful. I love being outside and completely comfortable in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.
6. All you need to do is walk outside your door (or down to the local farmer’s stand) to find some awesome decorations: pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, mums, etc. I journeyed next door to the corn field and picked up some dried cornstalks the deer had knocked down. I secured a few piles with hay ropes and placed them strategically around my house (outdoors, of course!). Instant Autumn Fun!
7. Fashion gets crazy. Thanks to the daily temperature swings, girls can be found wearing sweatshirts, shorts, and Ugg boots. (I, too, am guilty of this. #sorrynotsorry).
8. The air is crisp and chilly, so you know what that means! Your horse is UP! There’s nothing like a cool, windy day to put a little pep in your equine’s step! Just hope it’s not too much pep…
9. And speaking of horses – the foxhunters are out and about! I follow a bunch of foxhunting pages on Facebook, so I am constantly seething with envy at their glorious pictures. They definitely have way too much fun.
10. That smell. It’s cool and crisp and camp-fiery. I like to breathe deep and fill my lungs – see ya humidity! “It smells like fall.”