Windows shut tight and storm windows down? Check.
First frost warnings of the year hitting the high country? Check.
Electric blanket out of storage and on the bed? Check.
Bedroom slippers and house socks located? Check.
First traces of fall color appearing in the trees? Check.
Colder inside than outside? Check.
Made soup or stew out of seasonal craving? Check.
Wearing a scarf and light sweater in the mornings and in the shade? Check.
Flip-flops now uncomfortable to wear outdoors? Check.
Wearing a sweater inside due to dread of turning on heat? Check.
Appropriate cold-weather read located? Check.
First crop of amazing heirloom local apples coming in? Check.
It must be fall.
I am ready.