Well, hello Fall! You’ve been teasing us for days not but now it’s official. The first day of fall 🙂 And, apparently, time to think about your fall bucket list. Assuming, of course, you have a fall bucket list. I typically do not. I think it is this empty-nest season and the bucket list items I usually associate with this new season – bonfires, s’mores, and corn mazes – are not in my future. At least, I don’t think so; however, a corn maze could be a lot of fun! Just sayin. However, there are some things I am looking forward to in the next few weeks (and months) as the days get shorter, the leaves start changing and the air gets brisk. So I thought I would join the bucket list fun…and link up with my friend, Leslie. I might even get inspired by some of the others and their lists!
This fall, I am looking forward to:
*Pumpkin treats. I did say that pumpkin spice is not really my thing. As in, pumpkin spice coffee and lattes. I do enjoy some pumpkin bread (especially with chocolate chips), pumpkin bread pudding, pumpkin cookies. Well, you get the idea. Whip my pumpkin into a bakery delight and I’m all in!! I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to pumpkin and I’m looking forward to trying a new one each week. Well, maybe every other week! Goodness.
*Apple picking. There is something fun about walking through a pick-your-own orchard. I love it and look forward to it every year although it has been a couple of years since I have actually picked (rather than bought the already picked ones). I’m picking my own this year!
*Homemade applesauce. I am not a canner by any means. But I would like to make extra jars of applesauce. Even the jars filled with homemade goodness look so cozy – and delicious – in the pantry. Which apples make the best applesauce? Please share.
*Early mornings….that start slow and easy – with the fireplace on, steaming cups of coffee and snuggly pjs. I love mornings and I love it when the sunshine pours in early during the summer. But there is something lovely about crisp autumn mornings that begin before the sun is completely awake that is magical!
*Switching to flannel sheets. Because chilly autumn mornings:)
*Taking more walks. Walking when the humidity is soaring and the sun blazes is just not fun. I don’t enjoy walking that much (it is so much like exercise – which I firmly resist!) but I actually rather enjoy it during the fall. Just don’t tell anyone. I’m looking forward to hitting the pavement!
*Continuing with my new volunteering. I think I found a new spot – since returning to the assisted living does not seem remotely possible any time soon (or forever)! 🙁 I am really enjoying the food pantry and I have heard it gets very busy in the next few months. I’m looking forward to being a part of it.
*Trying some new ideas with my blog and/or my Instagram page. It is an interesting way to stretch myself – totally outside the comfort zone – but I think fall is the perfect time to try.
*Working on my Spanish. Every day at the pantry, I am reminded how pitiful my Spanish is (ok, it’s non-existent) and how many times I have started and stopped with trying to learn. I’ve tried a couple of different at-home lessons – all of which I have found to be so-so. Does anyone know a program that really works well? Again, please share.
*Exploring my options for clarinet lessons. See above…because the same good intentions plus the stopping and not finishing apply here. Ugh.
*Doing a Bible study. This will be solo. At-home. COVID-style. Which really does not sound all that great but I look forward to Bible study every fall. They have all been canceled (or a few switched to Zoom) because of, well, COVID. And I don’t want COVID to steal the joy – and the benefit – of extra in-depth Bible study. This one I need to get started with pronto (note to self!)
*Wearing tights again. And sweaters. And all the cozy clothes! But tights are my favorite. Tights are my friend…yes indeed.
*Enjoying all the comfort foods of fall. Chili. Mac and Cheese. Crockpot meals all week.
I think I should end this list now. This list that I thought would be two lines long. I suppose I have more of a bucket list – or, at least, more to look forward to than I realized. This is a good exercise – to look ahead. To anticipate and be excited. I often look back to remember and to be grateful…which is good. But looking ahead is a good idea as well. What are you looking forward to this fall??