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55 Things To Do in Fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s one of the few things that make living in the Northern states worthwhile and putting up with snow – our autumn is completely and utterly GORGEOUS!

Let’s go enjoy it!

55 Things To Do in Fall

1.  Make soup.

2.  Decorate for Halloween

Halloween Collage

3.  Drink apple cider.

4.  Write a poem about the beauty of autumn.

5.  Snuggle under the covers.

6.  Visit a pumpkin patch.

100_23507.  Change over your closets – delight in a new wardrobe.

8. Start reading a really thick book.

9.  Learn to make a great cup of tea.

10.  Deal with having to wear socks again.

11.  Buy fun socks.

12.  Watch monster movies.

Why yes, that is a picture of me attending Jurassic Park 3D while wearing a Dinosaur hat.  Jealous?!

Why yes, that is a picture of me attending Jurassic Park 3D while wearing a Dinosaur hat. Jealous?!

13.  Wear a cozy sweater.

14.  Cheer for Football Season.

15.  Carve pumpkins.

16.  Drink red wine.

17.  Go apple picking.

Apple collage18.  Tune in for your favorite TV show’s fall premiere.

19.  Rake your neighbor’s yard, invite them to jump in the leaf piles with you.

20.  Make and then devour pumpkin bars.

21.  Light a candle or 20.

22.  Take a long, relaxing bath.

23.  Delight in the absurd weather changes that allow for mittens and flip flops at the same time.

24.  Go hiking and enjoy the fall colors.

100_170125.  Spider web your house…at your own risk.

26.  Make leaf rubbings – use them as stationary.

27.  Wear slippers on your day off.

28.  Enjoy a mug of hot cocoa – and as many marshmallows as your heart desires.

29.  Host a Halloween party.

100_057330.  Eat only orange and black foods for a day.

31.  Have a campfire.

32.  Put flannel sheets on your bed.

33.  Watch or read The Walking Dead.

Walking Dead Decision Making34.  Attend a live theater performance or concert.

35.  Drink a pumpkin spice latte.

36.  Have a Sunday Funday.

37.  Marathon watch horror movies on AMC’s Fear Fest.

38.  Participate in the wacky holidays.

  • October 11th:  Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
  • October 12th:  Moment of Frustration Day
  • October 14th:  Be Bald and Free Day
  • October 17th:  Wear Something Gaudy Day
  • October 21st:  Count Your Buttons Day
  • October 21st:  National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • October 25th:  Punk for a Day Day
  • October 29th:  National Frankenstein Day
  • October 30th:  National Candy Corn Day
  • October 31st:  Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

39.  Watch your favorite trilogies.

40.  Keep warm with a steamy romance novel.

41.  Hold a pint of beer with fingerless gloves.

42.  Plan your Halloween costume.

Halloween Costumes43.  Write a long letter to a friend.

44.  Plan your Thanksgiving menu.

45.  Try to avoid getting a cold.

46.  Name your pumpkins.

PumpkinsMeet Ezekiel, Clay Matthews, Penelope, Rex,

Constantine, Goliath, and Niles.

Missing:  Paco and Abendego

47.  Experience the bizarre horror musical that is Repo!:  The Genetic Opera.

48.  Buy in-season vegetables. SQUASH!!!

49.  Eat apple pie.

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50.  Go for a hayride.

51.  Have a chili cook off.

52.  Visit a haunted house, graveyard, or corn maze.

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53.  Hand out candy for Trick or Treat.

54.  Spend time with family.  No social media/phones/computers allowed.

55.  Get Thankful with a gratitude journal.

What are your favorite things about fall season?

The Guilty Pleasures of Autumn

Welcome to another edition of Guilty Pleasures Friday! Indulge yourself, get cozy, here all gluttony reigns! I won’t tell on you.

For the month of October, I’m focusing on all things wicked. So today’s guilty pleasures are my top 10 favorite things about fall.

  1. The Desire to Spend Copious Amounts of Money on Pumpkins  I’ve never met a pumpkin I didn’t like. Big ones, baby ones, spotted ones, warty ones, pumpkins with curlicue stems! They are a fall tradition and welcomed inside and out. Sometimes, I name them, a bizarre habit to be sure, but one I refuse to give up.
  2. The Urge After Purchasing Pumpkins to Consume Them in Multiple Forms     Pumpkin Bars. Glorious pumpkin bars, the birthday treat of choice for this redhead. Then there’s pumpkin spice lattes and roasted pumpkin seeds, and I’m also a fan of their cousin, the Butternut Squash.
  3. The Decking Out of Houses: From Home Sweet Home to Enter At Your Own Risk  I love seeing the houses that put gravestones in their yard, stick bones out of their lawn, and make dummies out of old clothes. Nothing is as fun as giving yourself a little chill walking up to your own front door.
  4. The Expectation of Shenanigans and the Increase in Security That Follows   Late night runs through a corn field telling ghost stories with friends! Getting kicked out of Paradise Road! Scaring unsuspecting strangers with motion sensing Halloween décor and creating really good alibis when the police pull your car over and ask what you’re doing out so late.
  5. Apple Picking: Not Scary, but Good Old Fashioned Recreational Fun  Grab a basket and pick your very own tangy sweet apples. Stock up the pantry with a local orchard’s cider, apple crisp, and handmade caramel drizzle. Mmmm
  6. Tea Drinking Season: Not Just For School Marms Anymore  Every day is a tea drinking day in the fall. Green Tea in the morning, pomegranate oolong in the afternoon, peppermint tea at night. This charming habit is made even more fun with a big, funky mug collection. My favorite coffee shop in town is a teeny tiny shop that has the biggest selection of actual dried tea leaves, they brew you a whole cozy pot to yourself and let you pick your tea cup!
  7. The Bizarre Fashions That Become Acceptable  Bring out your flannel, put on some gloves, and grab your flip flops! What’s that you say? One of those things is not like the other? Doesn’t matter in autumn, the weather changes so fast, you may as well keep your dresser stocked: Long sleeve shirts, rainboots, tank tops, corduroys, wool socks, ear muffs and a bathing suit.
  8. The Hibernation of the Human Race  Once the weather gets a little chillier, suddenly people start to     disappear into their houses, the windows get boarded up, and you don’t seen your neighbor bring the trash out for weeks. You question whether you should call the police and have her checked on, but there’s smoke coming from the chimney and a faint flicker of blue TV light every Thursday at 7pm. Give her another week…
  9. The Beer, Brats, and Polka Bands  Autumn brings Oktoberfest to my town and that means brats with sauerkraut, beer and drinking gloves, and lots of live music and parades.  The big parade is the Maple Leaf Parade and there’s one at night too called the Torch Light Parade.  I went to that for the first time this year and it was really fun.  All the marching bands are decked out with glowsticks, even on their instruments.  And, you can drink on the sidewalk of the parade route.  *Weeeeeeeee!*
  10. The Changing of the Colors  The best part about fall is the colors.  And living in Bluff Country, we certainly get to enjoy a multitude.  There’s nothing quite like sitting on the edge of the bluff overlooking the adjacent forest, marsh and city below, ablaze in fall colors.  Joe and I went hiking this weekend and here’s some shots I took along the way!

Overlooking Myrick Marsh

Wish You Were Here, Love Jess and Joe

What are your favorite things about fall?

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