Pumpkin Spice Peer Pressure

I took a five-minute walk through Whole Foods and was quickly reminded that it’s that time of year again – Fall in Florida. You might think I would wait outside on a lovely fall day, but it was 93 degrees outside. September was going out with a sizzle. Summer down here lasts easily until after Halloween, so if it weren’t for the plethora of pumpkin product placements, it may have slipped my notice that the season had changed.

A few short years ago, I came to realize that not everyone is pleased as punch over pumpkins. I have a friend who is not just overwhelmed, but annoyed at the things that those poor pumpkins are going through when all they really want to be is pie. Granted, she is in the minority, but she has a voice and she demands to be heard. And isn’t that what we’re all about in today’s world?

I thought about her as I wandered through the store; even I was overwhelmed by pumpkin. Every time I turned around, I was face-to-face with another pumpkin product. I love pumpkin, but at that point, I began to question everything about fall.

What about leaves? Isn’t fall foliage what it’s all about? And apples. Shouldn’t we be buying freshly pressed apple cider? Shouldn’t I be putting raked leaf essence in my coffee instead of pumpkin spice? Have I joined the ranks of pumpkin people without a second thought?

When I returned home I lit my pumpkin spice candle and thought deeply about this. I decided I might as well get my fall decorations out as I was thinking. They included 5 pumpkin spiced candles, a room spray, and various assorted pumpkin and leaf decorations.

It made me cry real tears when I realized that I hadn’t known when to stop. I hadn’t taken into account people like my friend who suffer from PSOD (pumpkin spice overload disorder). Plus, I also had ignored my own eye-irritant disorder, which is triggered by strong candle fragrances such as the ones I unleashed in my own house. Yes, the tears were real.

I’ll have to go on Amazon and see if they have any pumpkin spice lubricant eye drops. I’ll bet they’re out there!




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  1. Kim Sutter

     /  October 4, 2018

    I love a good pumpkin as much as the next girl and Lord knows I need a little spice in my life but I absolutely positively draw the line at putting pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee. I’m a hard core vanilla girl. On the other hand, if there was a vanilla pumpkin spice I might be…ewww! What am I saying! Think I’ll go light my apple spice candle.

    • I have tried the pumpkin spice in my coffee and I’m not a big fan. I usually pick something with peppermint or maybe caramel in it instead if I’m going with a flavored. Usually I like unflavored best. Enjoy your apple spice candle. Miss you.

  2. Vanessa

     /  October 4, 2018

    My grandfather use to cook pumpkins. Cut it up into small pieces, cover it with lots of sugar and cinnamon spice. Boy that was good. Do anyone cook pumpkin any more???

  3. Leslie

     /  October 6, 2018

    I never was a huge pumpkin smell fan. I love my Yankee Candle McIntosh. And as for coffee, it’s the International Delight Sweet Cream. I’m addicted. I do enjoy pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or maybe it’s the other way around. .


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