Fall is easily my favorite season. Each year, as summer drags on with its wretched humidity, I think about welcoming the cool air with my warm face, steaming over a hot cup of tea, and pulling a lovely cashmere throw, tight around my shoulders. The season never feels long enough, and I’m always trying to grab hold of it as the weather teeters between too hot and too cold. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much, perfect fall days are fleeting, maybe you get around ten a season, when it’s cool enough for a light jacket, the leaves have changed color on the trees, and Halloween decorations have started to go up on your neighbor’s door. Those perfect fall days are a thing of magic, so what else can I do but plan to enjoy it as much as possible!
We’ve got a few small trips scheduled for the season, but I wanted to take some time to write down my goals for fall, so that I don’t let the time slip away. Here it goes:
1. Read all the books on my bedside table (there are 7.)
2. Find and order a pair of great fall boots that are comfortable and wont make my feet look too big. (Considering velvet – any thoughts?)
3. Enjoy an outdoor fire, and roast a marshmallow – or eight!
4. Watch a Jane Austin film on a rain day with tea and cookies – all the better if it’s A&E’s 5 hour version of Pride and Prejudice.
5. Embrace the season of chai and drink as much of it as I can.
6. Help my husband on his photography quest to find fog and atmosphere in an early morning landscape.
7. Tackle my closets as they’re slowly spilling into unmanageable disorganization.
8. Take day trips to the Hudson Valley to enjoy the leaf bloom, extra points if I do some antiquing.
9. Get better at planning things and managing my time. This is really a longterm goal, but it’s always good to write it down!
10. Shop regularly at our local farmer’s market for fall produce (gotta get that butternut squash!).
11. Reassess my indoor plants, and recognize that I need to buy more. Don’t ask Jon.
12. You may remember this one from my summer list: take a visit to the Frick Museum! (The planning one is kind of related).
13. Convince Jon we need to go to Vermont for a few days to enjoy the fall.
14. Get good hair. I’m getting better at this one, but boy does it take a lot of effort.
15. Partake in all the glory of Halloween, including: carving pumpkins, eating pumpkins, decorating with pumpkins, and make an awesome costume, obviously.
And there you have it, 15 things that would make my fall more than ideal. Now, excuse me while I get started on that chai drinking…
Do you have any goals or things you’re looking forward to this autumn? Share with me in the comments below! And if you’re interested, check out this post from last fall when I went apple picking with my family!