Here we are already a few days into the official start of the fall season……it is my favorite! It’s filled with bursts of color, crisp leaves on your walks, and light jackets packed on travels.

For me, it is all connected with the start of a new school year and new beginnings. It signals seasonal changes in decorating, cooking, fashion, gardening,  and planning for family birthdays and holiday celebrations. I feel a sense of excitement as a school year starts with wonderment at how each of the kids will change with their new learning this year. A favorite fall school thing is always the Book Fair. In this chapter of my life, each of my grandkids gets a special book from their list from me.

It is with a sense of nostalgia remembering the family wiener roasts we had as kids and young adults. Pumpkin carving was my dad’s thing at these get togethers. Hay rides  were romantic as a young married girl, tailgating at football games when I became ‘legal’, and always the raking and more raking of colored leaves wherever I lived it seems.

Even though all the flowers have just about finished blooming, there is anticipation for the spring flowers that will pop up from new bulbs I plant every fall. Each year I find myself thinking “oh yea, I did plant that.” I tend to forget from fall to spring EXACTLY what species and colors I planted.

Here are some more fun ideas for your fall:

Bake a fresh apple pie with apples you picked

Visit an amazing pumpkin farm and pick your own pumpkins and gourds

Make a homemade squash or pumpkin soup

Do a Murder Mystery dinner with your partner or a friend

Watch an old tried and true scary Halloween movie

Tour a winery

Dig out your old thread bare jeans and favorite sweater for a chilly morning as you lounge and read a book.

John Greenleaf Whittier says: “The tints of autumn…….a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost.”

Pick one or two things to do this fall that are new and bring you JOY. Repeat and add to your fall list next season!


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