I knew a couple who was married over 50 years, and every autumn they would drive the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. It was their tradition as a couple, then as a family, then as empty nesters...and they had photos they took every single year. In my house my kids know that autumn has arrived when I start making applesauce, and I cook gallons of it to give to family and friends. The house smells like cinnamon and apples for weeks on end! Check out some of these sweet autumn traditions my fans on Facebook shared with me…
We put up a fall tree. It's a Christmas tree with orange lights and fall decorations on it. We put it up on October 1st and then the day after Thanksgiving we change the decorations to Christmas. Amy
I make my own potpourri on the stove and my apartment smells great. I use 1/2 gallon water in pot, 1/4 cup vanilla, 1 tbsp. cloves and 1 tbsp. of nutmeg with a touch of cinnamon. Now that is some great smelling stuff! Marsha
We have a bridge, an old stone one where we go get a family picture, then we get our pumpkins from the same farm in our area. Love going there and seeing all the animals and the kids running to pick the pumpkins. Jen
We drive into the Colorado Mountains to see the change of colors. We do this every year, this year we went twice! Kristina
I make my pumpkin spice cake with pecans and set out my favorite fall decorations. I especially love decorating the path leading to our front door with pumpkins, mums and a pretty wreath on the door. Patti
I love cooking soups and chili. The slow cooker comes out and becomes a fixture on the counter. Leslie
I make homemade popcorn balls, Grandma’s recipe, for Halloween and the kids all love them! Paula
Do you have a fall tradition? It can be anything that you do this time of year inspired by the change in weather, or the scenery or the holidays. Maybe you need to acquire a tradition…get on that! Make some time to do something fun this season before the mad holiday dash begins and then us all about it by writing to Producer David tonight, at: David@delilah.com!
Looking forward to reading and sharing all your Autumn Traditions and your Gratitudes as well as we get ready for Thanksgiving in just a few weeks!!
With Love ... Delilah <3
This next listener letter from Trish hits home because I know what it’s like to love someone with an addiction problem. You want to change them and help them, but the truth is, sometimes it just can’t be done. So what do you do? If this has been your experience what have you done? Today, I’m going to share what Trish had to do…
Twenty years ago I met the love of my life. I didn't know it then but he was going to change my life. We were both recovering addicts. I had survived an abusive marriage, got clean and started a new life. At first we were just friends but then things changed. He swept me off my feet and treated me like a jewel. Our first kiss made the world spin, and my heart soared every time I saw him. I believed we were God's gift to each other for all the pain we had been through up to that point. We were married the next year.
Things were wonderful until about 10 years ago when he started to use again. I tried and tried to help him for the next 4 years. Nothing worked. Finally, years later I left him. I had to; I couldn't live like that anymore. But, I waited, hoping he would get clean and come back to me. He hasn't. Tomorrow I will walk into a divorce court and legally cut my ties with him. I don't know where he is. He's been using and living on the streets.
My heart is breaking because I still love him and always will. Please play "Unchained Melody" for me, for Jon (wherever he is) and for the loss we both have experienced. I know my life will go on but it will never be as rich or as sweet as it was when I was in his arms. Trish
It’s hard to understand why people come in and out of our lives, and it can be excruciating to let go of someone you love. There is a poem on my website that does a beautiful job of attempting to explain this very thing, about why some people come into our lives for only a season and others for a lifetime. I hope you’ll check it out today and take comfort in the words.
With Love ... Delilah <3