Fabulous Fall – A Bounty of Nature’s Beauty

Living in the Northeast U.S., I get the benefit of enjoying four beautiful seasons; however fall is by far my favorite.  With the exception of walking out on my porch each morning through tiny little cobwebs crafted during the night, leaving an eerie sensation on my skin, the crisp, cool morning air delights my senses.  Gone are the steamy mornings of summer.  Green leaves transform into a mélange of golden colors which seem to cascade listlessly from their branches.  Bouncy squirrels bustle about preparing for the long winter months. 

To me, fall is the time when we’re able to settle down with family and friends in the cozy comfort of our homes.  I have fond memories of fall from my childhood which warms my heart.  I’m sharing a list of the things I wish to do this fall and hope you can enjoy some of them too! Even if you live in a warm climate year-round, you can still take pleasure in some these activities during autumn.

  • Decorate for Halloween.  I am an absolute Halloween addict and will have a separate post on that.  This is my favorite holiday because it’s all about FUN!  I love seeing the kids in their costumes and watch them walk cautiously past my lawn “creatures” as they come to get their treats. Of course, I always dress up too!
  • Go pumpkin picking, take a hay ride and meander through a corn maze.
  • Take a hike or try geocaching (an outdoor treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity).
  • Have a garage sale (cha-ching!) or donate clothes and other items to your favorite charity.
  • See a high school or college football or soccer game.  I’ll be attending a college Homecoming weekend this year and can’t wait!
  • Go apple picking.  Upstate NY has some of the best apple picking orchards around.  Visit the cider or maple syrup mills.  The aroma will get you in the mood for a huge batch of pancakes.
  • Divide plants like hostas, replant and plant spring bulbs, depending on your growing zone.
  • Remove annuals, clean flower pots and replace with fall plants if desired.
  • Rake leaves, put in a huge pile and dive in! Then rake again and put into compost or bags for pick up.  I like filling the “pumpkin” type leaf bags and use for decoration until after Halloween.
  • Clean out gutters, check for leaks.  Gutter repair is essential to prevent ice damming, snow damage or leads.  This is on my list because it’s fun to have a handsome helper hold the ladder!
  • Visit a friend or neighbor you haven’t seen in a while and help them with indoor/outdoor chores if necessary.
  • Snuggle by a bonfire or in front of a fire pit on a brisk fall evening with a loved one.
  • Gather vegetables from your garden.  Make salsa or can tomatoes.  Make casseroles and freeze for quick and easy winter meals.
  • Bake!  Homemade apples, pumpkin and custard pies make your home smell amazing in the fall and taste delicious too!
  • Attend an Oktoberfest-ival!  They have them across the U.S. and they’re loads of fun.
  • Take a bike or car trip through a county or state park and have a picnic.
  • Set your clock back an hour and enjoy the extra sleep (daylight savings time).
  • Clean out air conditioning vents; replace filters.  Vacuum and wipe down baseboards and floor moldings so you can enjoy a less dusty environment when you turn the heat back on.
  • Take advantage of end-of-season clothing and home furnishing sales or get some early Christmas shopping done.
  • Begin a new hobby, something that will keep you occupied should you find yourself stuck inside for most of the fall and winter months (depending on your location).
  • Start a new exercise regimen.  This will help keep off the extra weight from all your holiday feasting and give you more energy for the hustle and bustle of the season.
  • Replace batteries in or change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test fire extinguishers.  Check batteries in flashlights as well and keep them on hand for emergencies. (Okay, this one isn’t fun but it’s important.)
  • Clean out birdbaths and ponds.  Fill the bird feeders with fresh seed.  This is a good time to check out all the beautiful species that liven the yard.
  • Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and spend time outside on a clear night star gazing (preferably with a loved one).

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte