I love fall — which feels like a more fleeting season than, say, winter (which just feels eternal). My kids went back to school on September 5th, and the leaves will be almost completely down and gone by November 15th.
In many years I’ve created Fall Fun Lists (like my Summer Fun Lists or Holiday Fun Lists) to make sure to appreciate the season. But we’re at the end of September now, and I’ve already done a few things that would likely make a list…without my making a list.
For instance, we went apple picking in early September (when Honeycrisps were at their peak!). Then I took a few kids to a Fall Flower Festival at Holland Ridge Farms and picked some sunflowers and gladiolas. I experienced crisp fall air up in Portland, Maine and Boston (including another beer garden trip…though that was on the Summer Fun List).
So now my list should probably focus on more leaf-peeping and Halloween related stuff! To that end, I’m looking to…
Take the little kids to Dutch Wonderland. This was actually requested — to go in costume and ride some rides. So I’m on it! We might hit the Boo at the Zoo some weekend too.
Go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. I bought tickets for this weekend so we will most likely go. This was specifically requested by the 14-year-old, who is now old enough for the adult archery activity. I think it is officially Octoberfest this weekend but given that I’ll have five kids with me I’m not sure I’ll hit the beer tents. I might get a turkey leg though… (sadly, I don’t own any saucy wench costumes, clearly an oversight on my part…).
Go on at least one leaf-peeping day trip. We may wind up in Connecticut or Massachusetts in late October, though this is all nebulous at this point. But regardless if the family weekend trip happens I could go to the Poconos or Cape May or somewhere during the work week. I’m trying to block off some late October days to make this possible!
Lie in my bed with the windows open. In summer we’re often running the AC. In winter it’s the heat. I want to take advantage of our roll screen windows and enjoy the not-too-hot, not-too-cold natural air.
Decorate with mums. And pumpkins. Fall flowers are the best, especially with the colorful leaves as backdrop. We already have a mum display up on the porch right now, so we shall see if this gets more elaborate!
Go to the Best Laid Plans Academy gathering in Fort Lauderdale. This happens in early November. If anyone is still thinking of going to SHU’s live shindig I think the hotel registration closes by early next week. I’m really looking forward to planning 2024 in a focused (and pretty!) setting.
Reread Macbeth and Hamlet. I’m using this last quarter (after finishing my Jane Austen project early) to re-read some of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and as the supernatural features prominently in his writing, I’ll have several spooky options for fall.
Write my book proposal. I’ve been playing around with an idea but I need to actually write something up to decide if it’s viable and exciting enough for me to commit two years of my life to producing. I guess on some level this is not fall “fun” (more like a fall work project) but I know I am happiest when working on a book. So, best to get going on it.
What’s on your fall fun list?
Photo: Fall flowers! The asters are out and looking lovely.