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).
- 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 went before 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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!).
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.)
I’m determined to keep my spirits up through the SAD seasons, though, and this list should help. 🙂 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.