Autumn Bucket List

Happy September! Autumn is basically here! To celebrate and prepare — and following my August in Retrospect post — I present… my autumn bucket list. Below are a bunch of things I want to do, try, or see before winter comes and warm colors turn to cool blues (or, more specifically, by the end of October).

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  1. Go to Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill.
    I haven’t been to Blake’s since I was in the single digits of childhood, but I remember loving it (Yates is my go-to since it’s closer to where I live) — so checking it out was the first thing I wanted to do this season. Jonny and I went at the beginning of September — so, technically wentΒ beforeΒ autumn started — and I freaking loved it! It was still warm and sunny, it wasn’t overly crowded, and there was a Fiber Faire going on for extra entertainment. We walked around, enjoyed cider and donuts, picked lavender (MY FAVORITE!), peeped the faire’s wares, and took some photos. We’ll be going again, probably soon.
  2. Carve a pumpkin.
    I’m not sure how dedicated I am to this particular list item… I want to do it, but I also know it’s time-consuming and messy. I’m thinking about convincing my mom to host a carving party at her house with the kids, that way I can get involved and see how it’s done.
  3. Go ice skating.
    This is mostly for Jonny. Ice skating makes me so nervous. I’m not steady on my feet on the ground, so wheels or blades or whatever just mess me up. And I hate the cold. So. We’ll probably go to the seasonal ice skating rink at Campus Martius once it opens.
  4. Make homemade soup.
    I plan on living on soup all autumn and winter — Send me your favorite recipes! I’ve started pinning some crock pot soup recipes, and I’m stoked! I get bored with eating the same lunches all the time, and soups are so easy to vary and make in large batches.
  5. Start and finish my Christmas shopping.
    This is hella ambitious, I know, but I want to get it done and over with (or at least mostly finished). I don’t like crowds, so shopping when it’s busy is my idea of a bad time. I’ve started my lists and hope to start shopping in the next couple of weeks. Fingers crossed for deals and great ideas! (I get competitive about gifts. I want to give the best ones!)
  6. Take a walk through Cranbrook Gardens.
    I’m sure Cranbrook is pretty in the winter, but I want to see all of their fancy gardens before the flowers die and the trees are bare. And before it gets too cold. I’ll probably add the house tour to my winter bucket list (because it’s indoors! Yes!).
  7. Go for a walk at Yates Cider Mill.
    There isn’t as much to see or do at Yates, but it’s a lovely walk down a path following a stream. Another thing to do before it’s too cold and while the trees are gorgeously rusty!
  8. Bake an apple pie.
    I’ve never baked a pie from scratch, and apple pie is my favorite. I’m determined to make one this season as a practice run for Thanksgiving. (I dunno who’s hosting Turkey Day this year, but I want to bring the pie!) Send me your fave apple pie recipes!
  9. Buy and fill out Christmas Cards.
    It seems like half of my bucket list is preparing for Christmas. (All two Christmassy items…) I just like getting ahead. Plus, if I find some cute cards online, this gives me plenty of time to order them and wait for them to arrive. Then, I can send them out in November — half of the recipients live in the U.K., meaning they’ll take extra shipping time.
  10. Write out my Winter Bucket List.
    I’ve already started this list! I’ll be adding to it over the next few months. What do you like doing during the winter? I’m looking for suggestions. As winter is the worst season ever, I’m looking for all of the positives and things to get excited about.
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This is the face of pure bliss, y’all.

It’s a short and pretty simple list, I think (minus the Christmas shopping). What do you hope to do this season? These are things that I think I’ll do most autumns, but they often fall through. (I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, and ice skating seems dangerous and cold and therefore awful.)

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I’m determined to keep my spirits up through the SAD seasons, though, and this list should help. πŸ™‚ Are you affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder? How do you fight it? I’m trying to go into the worst months with a positive attitude, trying to plan fun things and commit myself to them so that I make myself get out and about.

I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet, but I’m starting the transition.

Kaiya x

15 thoughts on “Autumn Bucket List”

  1. This is such a fun list! Except the Christmas shopping, of course. I love the holiday season, but that part makes me want to pull my hair out. I always wait until the last minute to start, haha.

    It’s been a couple years since I last carved a pumpkin. I want to do it again, but it’s just so time-consuming (and I’m clumsy, which is not at all a good thing when knives are involved). You should definitely go ice skating! I went once, and I was awful at it, but it was a great experience! As long as you can laugh at yourself, you’ll enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Christmas shopping makes me sooo anxious! I tend to start early-ish (usually in October) and continue all the way through to Christmas Eve — I just have so many people to buy for! And I get competitive about buying the perfect thing, haha.

      Full disclosure: I need to get better at laughing at myself. I’m not good at that, so it makes me grit my teeth about trying things I know I won’t be naturally good at (anything physical/sporty, lolll). But! I’m trying to get past that.

      Jasmine mentioned painting pumpkins as an alternative, and I might try that instead. πŸ™‚ Less mess and danger, haha.


    2. My problem is that I’m always so scared that they won’t like my gift. I know it’s really the thought that counts, but I just can’t help but to worry they’ll be disappointed.

      Me too – I remember always being forced to play kickball in gym class as a kid and being absolutely terrified. I’m awful at sports, plus I was super shy, so literally any time I stepped into the gym I felt sick to my stomach with nerves. I guess it all depends on who you’re with and how comfortable you are with them! I say go for it…I think you’ll enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      Painting pumpkins is a great idea! I might try it as well. I’m not much of an artist, but if it turns out bad at least I can get a laugh out of it, haha.

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    3. Yeah, I worry about disappointing people, too! Let’s both go for things we aren’t good at this season — I’ll give ice skating a shot if you try out painting pumpkins. πŸ˜‰ x


  2. Great list of things to do! Are you going to the Orchard to pick Apples? I saw my cousin did that. I want to do that too πŸ™‚ You have a pretty smile! πŸ™‚ Do you carve pumpkins every year? I haven’t yet, it seems a lot of hard work. I’m thinking painting should be easier haha.. Good luck with your list! That walk at the Cranbrook Gardens sounds awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine! πŸ™‚

      I haven’t picked apples at the orchard in years, but it’s an option! πŸ™‚ When we went last weekend, I picked lavender instead. They offer different fruits depending on the season! I think I saw plums, too, last weekend.

      And I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years either! I’m hoping my mom will host a carving at her house so that I can go there to make a mess. πŸ˜‰ Painting would be much easier! I didn’t think of that. Thanks for the idea. ❀

      Thank you for the luck! I'll take it! πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Great list, & a lot of good ideas.
    I think ice skating needs to be a winter item, not fall.
    You may want to find a certain light for SAD & use it according to directions. Keep exercising, & stop telling yourself you hate the cold. The mind believes what we tell it. With enough practice, we can change our self-talk, & our attitudes, etc.
    love, granny


    1. It’s too cold to ice skate in the winter, haha. I may have to wait until November, though, as the Rink at Campus Martius doesn’t open until 11/17. 😦

      I’m looking into lights and will keep exercising. You know that only goes so far, though. Thoughts and attitudes only work so much when your brain is fighting you at every step.



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