When summer starts to wind down in Texas, you can feel a slight shift that signals fall is not too far away. While we may not have relief from the blazing heat just yet, as we step into September, the autumn season will be here before you know it.

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The start of the school year is just the beginning. To me, there are unmistakable signs that fall is here, especially in Texas. Take a look below and see if you agree.


Pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream and caramel
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First, it's the arrival of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. I've already seen it pop up in grocery stores and coffee shops. Pumpkin-flavored everything. From pumpkin spice lattes to the classic pumpkin pie, these seasonal delights start filling shelves and menus.

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Photo: WTFR/Facebook/Canva

Then comes the West Texas Fair & Rodeo, an event that - to me - marks the transition from summer to fall. Not only do cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills, but families enjoy carnival rides and fantastic fair food. The sweet aroma of turkey legs hits the air, and you know for sure that fall has arrived in Texas.

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Photo: Canva

High school football is another undeniable sign. The Friday night lights come to life, spotlighting young athletes as they battle it out on the field. The stands are filled with cheering family and friends. Even if football is not your thing, you've got to admit you can still feel the spirit of fall in these high-energy games.

So whether it's a pumpkin spice latte, the sights and sounds of the fair, or clashes under the Friday night lights, these are the signs to me that fall is in sight in west Texas. When it arrives, believe me, it’s going to be welcomed with open arms from this Texan.

Make sure your home is prepared for the change of season. Now is the time to knock out some important tasks that can save you time and money.

10 Household Tasks To Get Your Home Ready For The Fall Season

When September hits I'd like to think the world divides into two. One half is clinging on to summer with everything they have, while the other half is already starting to put pumpkins around their house and watching scary movies by the fireplace.

Although the official first day of fall is September 22, many people like to start fall traditions early as it excites them and brings them that warm fuzzy feeling. As the days become shorter and the weather changes there are tasks to be done when being a homeowner. Not only does one's mindset change as the seasons do, but the chores around the house change as well.

Now that the seasons are changing it is time to start preparing your home for the weather to come. We have gathered some important fall home maintenance tasks to get you and your home ready for the chilly season.

Here are 10 ways to get your home ready for fall.

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