It’s Fall Fair Time.

We should probably get the fact that every season is my favourite season out of the way. Every Spring I declare to anyone who will listen that SPRING! Is my favourite season. Until summer that is. Then I love fall and finally winter.

For those of you that live in parts of the world that don’t have distinct seasons I feel badly for you. Living with seasons is like getting to live in 4 different countries, and sometimes planets, all in the same year.

In Southern Ontario, Spring brings mossy smelling air and rain showers like a little piece of Ireland. Summer brings humidity, heat, tube tops and frizzy hair. Much like you’re living in a tropical rainforest. Or a Bon Jovi video. A Southern Ontario Fall with the leaves changing colour and crisp air always makes me think of Vermont for some reason. And Winter. Winter in Canada feels like Winter in Canada.

We are smack dab in the middle of Autumn at the moment. Do you like that? The way I switched from calling it Fall to Autumn? I’m feeling fancy.

One of the GREAT things about changing seasons is changing everything else around you as well. Think about it. With each new season comes a new choice of footwear, clothing, house accessories and even food. It’s pretty hard to choke down a bowl of hot beef stew and dumplings whilst wearing a bikini. Like wide leg trousers and short people. It just doesn’t go together.

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Happy fall. Autumn. Flautum. Happy Flautum.


  1. Heather says:

    Sadly I live in Florida where our seasons are hot, hotter, hurricane season, and hot with about one or two days of “winter” a mear 50 degrees. So, I can say for a FACT that I have eaten, on many occasions, stew and dumplings in a bathing suit when it was at least 80 degrees if not hotter.

    I am EXTREMELY jealous of you people with seasons!!!

  2. ev says:

    I liked the analogy of four seasons = four countries. It DOES feel like that here in northeast Ohio! I have heard that Canadian winter is intense. Ours is, well, like northeast Ohio, but Canada’s must be like north Alaska or maybe the Arctic! Thanks for another entertaining post!

    • Patti says:

      Haha! I`m so bad at geography, I had to look up where Northern Ohio is in relation to us!

      The cool thing about Canadian winters is that they differ so much depending on where you are! Karen and I live pretty close to Northern Ohio, so our winters are probably similar to yours. On the West coast, though, their winters are windy and rainy. Northern Ontario winters involve a lot of snow. So you can kind of pick how much winter you can tolerate!

    • Larraine says:

      Dear Ev ~ I grew up in Cleveland. Southern Ontario has a lot less snow! That is, until late Feb. or March when the prevailing winds shift to the East and pick up Lake Ontario to dump on us.

  3. Janet says:

    Thank you for the reminder of how great it is to live in Southern Ontario. I love seasons too. One of my favourite things is “putting clothes on” in Autumn. Love your site.

  4. Heather, if I had your address I would send you LOTS of pretty colored leaves and BUCKETS of snow when it eventually dumps on us. My perfect winter is snow for the month of Dec and then disappears Jan 1 and we go back to autumn till spring.

  5. Kristin says:

    I would love, love, love to get an El Mismo Sol Fleece dress, but… you can’t buy them online, apparently? I’d have to trek to Minnesota!

  6. taria says:

    Happy Fall to you Karen. I am in the high desert of so cal and we get just enough of seasons to be fun. An hour to the mountains and skiing and an hour the other way to the beach. I have learned to enjoy the fall here and appreciate its beauty. I probably don’t truly know what cold like Canada is though.

  7. Patti says:

    I just realized how Canadian I am because I had so many things to say when you brought up the weather. I don’t know what I would talk about with strangers if I couldn’t rely on my trusty “It’s a ____ day out there” line.

    Great post, Karen. I want everything. It’s true. And I’m loving being able to get tights on and boots and oh my god, have you seen the cute jackets out there? WITH RUFFLES? Holy cow!

  8. ruth says:

    you have the best set of sponsors.

  9. Angie S says:

    I absolutely agree with your sentiment about the four seasons. The changes are invigorating! While we do have all four seasons here in Nebraska, they do say there are really only two seasons: winter and contruction season. And it’s true.

  10. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I live in Pennsylvania so I am not too terribly far away from your area..All I ask this winter is please don’t be sending that cold Canadian air down our way..we don’t want it..we don’t like is no fun at’s your air..keep it right there where it belongs..K?
    P.S. – I gotta have me some of those little felted soaps!!

  11. Marion says:

    I’m so jealous of you and your seasons. We have four in Alabama, but they are: Hot, Hotter, Football and Hot.

    p.s., LOVE the robots!!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Alex says:

    Today I walked out in a sweater, a scarf and motorcycle boots and I thought to myself, I can’t imagine not having at least one month of this a year just to be able to wear these outfits in. And Christmas without snow is sacrilegious.

  13. kelliblue says:

    Flautum. Followed by Festivus. It’s the most fabbilus time of the year! 🙂

    Felted soaps. I dunno…soap to me should not come in contact with furry things…just the idea of ‘felted soap’ makes me shudder. And a polar fleece DRESS? That just made my fashion police siren go crazy. However, if I still lived in chilly Wisconsin, I’m sure I’d be thinkin: ‘huh…that sounds really cute and comfy…I might have to get one…’ but you’ve given me an idea for Christmas presents anyway! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      kelliblue – Having the soap felted makes it a scrubber and soap all in one. And you’d better not let Norma Kamali hear you dissing fleece dresses. She’ll cut your throat. At the very least you’d get a finger wagging. ~ karen

  14. Amy says:

    Southern California has four seasons: Drought, Fire, Flood, and Earthquake…. not necessarily all in order, either.

    But it IS getting to be autumn here, sort of. It stayed below 80 most of the week!

    And, actually, we also sometimes are lucky enough to all four of the traditional season ON THE SAME DAY! For example, I remember when I was at my snobby college, we had a “snow day” every year. If there wasn’t snow in the mountains to bring down the hill for us spoiled So Cal kids, they’d shave ice and call it snow for us. On this particular snow day, one January, it happened to be 80 degrees out with a pile of “snow” on the lawn, brown leaves on the trees, and new green sprouts on the shrubs. See? All four at once! Aren’t we lucky?

  15. Barbie says:

    I live in Washington State and I am SO SICK of the four seasons! I do not share your amazingly sunny outlook on the 4 seasons….probably because I am a Southern California girl born and raised, and I am VERY homesick for it….even after 23 years here in the NW.
    I do LOVE those cute lil felted pumpkin soaps! And I WILL be looking into the polar fleece dresses! No matter WHAT the fashion police say. ha ha ha!

  16. Brenda J. M says:

    Today walking my dog in my fave area near my home in Oshawa was like walking in an Autumn Snow-globe.
    The breeze was blowing the gold and red leaves off the trees, so steadily, I actually smiled right-out-loud. LOVE my Ontario seasons. Every damned cold snowy, damp springy, cool dingy fall, humid as hell summery one of em`; cause the sun always shines sometime.

    • Marysia says:

      Wow! You said it EXACtly! I live in Chicago and the colors on the trees! The way they sway, the smell of fall, the wind and sun on your cheeks! And yes, our seasons are the damned same: cold, snowy, dampy springy, cool dingy fall, humid as hell summer! LOL I wouldn’t change a thing!

  17. Sue From Vermont says:

    Hi Karen! Here in Vt. we have 5 seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Mud. We’re also fond of saying: If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes, and it’ll change!

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