Thursday, September 3, 2020

10 Things We Love About Fall

 by Sparkle Abbey


It’s hard to believe it’s already September and one of the top ten words of 2020 is “quarantine.” Like many of our fellow Stiletto Gang authors, we’re also on Zoom overload, longing to meet friends at our favorite restaurants, and mourning the end of summer vacations—mostly because we didn’t have a vacation. 

As unpredictable as 2020 has been, we’re going-with-the-flow and preparing ourselves for an anything-can-happen type of Fall.

Here in Iowa, most days are still warm days, but there was a short preview of the cooler days to come. We can’t image an Iowa Autumn without lawns blanketed with crisp, colored leaves, long-sleeved flannel shirts, and all things pumpkin spice. And our yearly flu shots.

So instead of thinking about our lost summer vacations, we thought we share 10 Things We Love About Fall.



  • Writer’s retreats (We have faith they will happen again!)
  • Crisp weather
  • Cozy oversized sweaters
  • Homemade apple desserts
  • Colorful scarves
  • Candy corn
  • Carving pumpkins
  • Thanksgiving
  • Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING
  • The best-scented candles. Apple spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, and Cinnamon Chai

What about you? What are some favorite things you like about Fall?

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Ashford and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell the other neighbors.) 

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