Falling For Fall

18 thoughts on “Falling For Fall”

  1. Poor little Sweet Pea. I’m glad she’s in such loving hands as yours and Won’s.
    Sending you lots of love on your Birthday (and… actually… every other day).


  2. Your description of how you felt about winter in NJ sounded exactly like me…which is why I moved to FL! Now I am 3 miles from a beach I dont have to buy a beach badge for. Discovering my new neighborhood.
    Happy birthday Beth!


  3. So glad you got help for Sweet Pea in time! And that your birthday was ultimately a happy one🥂

    That feeling of dread of winter is familiar for sure!! I try to stay present, to enjoy every moment of the fleeting fall season – but the dread is a bit heightened this year with the Covid resurgence.

    I’m guessing you’re thankful to be in a country where mask wearing is known to save lives!

    Thanks for posting 😊


    1. I feel blessed on several levels (that Sweet Pea will be OK, I don’t have to deal with dreadful winters anymore, and love living in Portugal), but I feel most blessed to have a wonderful family. I hope you and Tom remain safe and healthy. Miss you!


  4. Beth,
    Enjoyed all the photos of autumn, sort of like what we get in the Southwest part of the USA. So glad that SweetPea is okay thanks to your swift action. That’s got to have been so traumatic for everyone. We give our dogs a supplement (“Longevity” by SpringTime) which has turned my 7 year old dog back into a puppy with lots of energy.
    And YES, I didn’t even miss your post from the 1st week of November as I also needed to be on Xanax to cope with all the run up hype, “delayed” counting, projections of the elections. The good news now that it’s over, I haven’t been self medicating since then with wine! 🙂 But…AZ did pass legalization of marijuana so there’s that….! The main thing, I don’t want anything to harsh my mellow for the moment.
    Happy Birthday to you.


    1. You’re funny!!! LOL! I’m so happy you found a way to cope and get through these past couple of weeks successfully. I mean, whatever it takes, right? We’ve been happily drinking loads of Portuguese wine to manage (and now we’re both seeing it on the scale…groan). With a vaccine on the horizon, and hopefully the realization that masks can help reduce spread, the world will get this thing under control and we can all find a way to carve out a new normal. Thanks for the birthday wishes and for your kind concern about Sweet Pea – she’s steadily getting better every day. Whew!!


  5. Again so happy Sweet Pea is going to be ok! And yes, your birthday will be memorable that’s for sure. Even though you’ve actually moved to Portugal, do you ever still feel like, “wow, this is an amazing vacation” and have to pinch yourself? I too disliked fall. Ever since I was a kid. Because seeing that ugly yellow bus meant the end of glorious freedom! No more days of exploring another creek, lazy hazy days of sleeping in, no more cookouts, or swimming etc. But the thrill of snow did make it better. Until I got old enough to drive in it! We moved from NJ to GA 20 years ago and I fell in love with fall. Today it was around 70 degrees, we were in shorts planting pansies and as evening fell at 5:30 (ewwww) the frogs were singing. Since we’re basically in the foothills we get a taste of fall and a nibble of winter. The snow sometimes falls stirring that childlike thrill and then the next day or even a few hours later, it’s disappeared! Well except “Snowmageddon” a few years back. It took our son over 8 hours to get back to his college which is an hour from our home! Skiing in Portugal…who’d a thunk it? Sounds like you have an amazing hubby too! Enjoy each other and your healing puppy! Happy Birthday!


    1. Just read your note out loud to my husband and he said, “She writes well.” I totally agree! Funny enough, Won and I seriously looked at moving to GA before ultimately deciding on Portugal. And, yes…we do still feel like we are on vacation! (Won just said that very sentence the other day!) Even with the virus and all the restrictions, we are loving our experiences here. I can’t imagine that feeling of being on vacation will go away any time soon. I’m happy that where you live now you get to experience a little bit winter every so often to help stir happy childhood memories (Snowmageddon aside). I had a similar experience to your son once when it took me five hours to drive from a business meeting in Titusville back to Chester in NJ where we lived, which normally only takes about an hour. Talk about a white-knuckle experience (groan). Thanks for your note, Brenda. I always enjoy hearing from you. Take care and please stay safe.


  6. Happy B-day Beth…your missed here in NJ…the snow has flied already, about a week ago…flurries…I think we’re in for a big one this year when watching all the squirrel activity (a very scientific leading indicator)…cheers, Bruce


    1. Hi! Thanks for the note, Bruce. Miss you guys! One of the very few things that made NJ winters bearable was hanging out with you and Susan. You guys made grey gloomy days fun and enjoyable. And, as for predicting the harshness of winter, just remember: “Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry, will cause snow to gather in a hurry.” You might want to put away your golf shorts for a few months. Sending you and Susan big hugs from both of us.


  7. Happy Birthday Beth! And best wishes for a speedy recovery for Sweet Pea! I love your posts, and I look forward to them every week! They are a much needed distraction during these tough times.

    Many many thanks Katie

    On Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 3:15 PM From Portugal With Love wrote:

    > beththomaskim posted: ” Cool temperatures, a little rain, shorter days, > and…flowers??? The seeds of this wild journey to live in Portugal started > when Won and I met in 1996. We were both living in Southern California at > the time. Our paths crossed at a Taekwondo studio” >


    1. Thank you, Katie! What a lovely note. I truly appreciate it. Sweet Pea is progressing and getting better every day. She’s sitting right here next to me, “asking” for a treat (which, sadly, she’s not going to get). My birthday celebration was canceled, but since Sweet Pea came through this health crisis successfully, that was all I wanted anyway. I’m going to look forward to celebrating next year (in a BIG way). I’m so happy my posts are helping you get through these tough times. We all just need to hang in there for a bit longer until vaccines can be distributed around the world and we can all get back to some sense of normalcy. Until then, I hope you will stay in touch and stay healthy! Take care.


  8. I feel the same way about Fall where we live in the “great white north”. There are a few nice days, but all I can think about is the cold that is on its way! That picture of you holding Sweet Pea and waiting to see the vet brings back sad memories of when our other Mini Schnauzer was sick. It is so terrifying.


    1. My son and daughter-in-law are still living in New Jersey and we video chat and message nearly every day. They are dealing with that huge storm that hit the east coast this week. Brrrrrr!!! I’ll take breezy, cool and rainy any day of the week over snow.

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