My Fall Catalog Days

I always looked forward to fall for so many reasons. It has always been exciting to me in so many ways.

I was one of those crazies who looked forward to school starting. I loved shopping for school clothes and supplies. Of course, when I was a kid school didn’t start until after Labor Day.

When I had children of my own, I still looked forward to a brand new school year. Shopping for school supplies was still fun for me even though it was for my kids. School clothes wasn’t a big deal because my kids could go to school in their pj’s if they wanted since they were homeschooled.

first day of kindergarten many years ago

Fall brings chili and bonfires. Ham and beans and cornbread. Pumpkin scented candles. Scarecrows, corn mazes, flannel shirts, hot apple cider, and s’mores. The annual festival in October that lasts ten whole days. Showers of beautifully colored leaves. Frosty mornings. Candy corn and peanuts. Warm hugs, cold noses, and rosy cheeks. Fall is simply…cozy.

One the highlights of fall for me was spending hours looking through the catalogs I’d get in the mail. Terry’s Village. Swiss Colony. JC Penney’s. Sears. FingerHut. And several others. Once you started with one magazine they’d share your name with other companies. Everyday another would be delivered to the house.

I’d start shopping fairly early for Christmas. I had to with such a big family. It took much planning and calculating on my part. The kids say I made the holidays magical. That makes me happy. I wanted it to be a special family time together. And from what they tell me, I accomplished that.

Looking through the catalogs brought great joy to me even if I didn’t buy anything. It was my seasonal thing to do. I’d go out and sit on my porch swing and take my time thumbing through the pages. Folding corners so I wouldn’t forget. Writing notes down in my Christmas notebook. Ah, I miss those days. Even magazines like Country and Reminisce were something I’d look forward to especially the fall/ holiday issues. They made me slow down…and relax.

I looked for Terry’s Village catalog recently and found that it’s no longer available. Well, there is an online catalog. I haven’t had the desire to look at that. Looks like the company was sold to Oriental Trading. I no longer receive any of the other above mentioned catalogs or magazines. Except I did receive Swiss Colony last year. But for the most part, those days are gone. Just gone…like the landline telephone and using cash at the checkout counter. Gosh, I miss those days.

I’ve told you many times, I’m not good with change. I’m just not. Deliver a Terry’s Village catalog to my mailbox and I will love you forever.

I’m not sure anyone else has such good memories of thumbing through fall catalogs. But maybe there’s something else that brings you seasonal joy.

It’s the end of yet another day and I must now say goodnight. I always appreciate good company so please come back again. ♥️

Andi

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