Hello everyone! I’m so excited that my favorite season is finally here. Autumn/Fall has always been my favorite season because it’s not too hot, yet not too cold. Plus I love to layer up on clothes, and you just can’t do that in the summertime. The end of summer was always bittersweet growing up, but now I long for the cool winds of October. Now that global warming is getting worse and worse, I value this time of year even more! One day, the Fall weather might not exist…so I’m gonna use this time wisely!
There are a few things I like to do in Fall that I either can’t do any other time of year, or choose to do this time of year just because. If you’re having trouble thinking of things to do this season, maybe reading on will spark some ideas?
Go Pick Fruits and Squashes
My friends and I love to go apple picking this time of year, and when I was little, I used to go pick the best pumpkin with my family. Both activities can usually be done on the same farm, so it’s an easy and fun weekend activity in the fall!
Lynd Fruit Farm is my favorite farm to go to in Ohio. If you haven’t been, I totally suggest making a trip there! There’s acres of both apples and pumpkins waiting to be picked, as well as a farm market where you can buy various foods and trinkets from the farm. There’s also a spooky corn maze if you’re trynna get lost too!
Of course, once you have all the pumpkins and apples your heart desires, you can make all sorts of delicious food with them, so it’s both a win for an activity and a win for food. Why wouldn’t you go snag some fruits and squashes?
Check out Google for your nearest pick-it-yourself farm and get on over there before all the good fruit is gone!
Cook Some Delicious Soup (or just cook in general)
Let’s face it: Soup just tastes better in Autumn. Nothing beats coming home from a long day and heating up some delicious soup you made on the weekend.
I try to cook at home, but ya girl is lazy and sometimes take out is easier. Not to mention, in the summer it’s too hot for the oven to be on! Once Fall hits, however, I make more of an effort to cook something on the weekends that can last throughout the week. Matt (my lovely husband) works 3rd shift, and it’s much easier to have lunch if it’s packed for him ahead of time, since most delivery services are closed by the time he gets hungry at work.
My favorite thing to cook when it’s cold, hands down, is soup. I’ve currently been craving a good chicken soup, and this Detox Soup recipe from Kelly of Eat Yourself Skinny is a tried and true favorite. It is packed with vitamin-y goodness, not to mention it tastes wonderful too! Check out the recipe if you’re inspired to make a simple but tasty dinner to last you all week.
I like to try new recipes all the time, so if I find one that’s good enough to share, y’all best believe I’ll be writing a review about it! In the meantime, go ahead and check out my Recipes to Try Pinterest board for the foods I’m currently looking to try my hand at.
Go for a Walk, You Lazy Bum
Even though Fall is my favorite season, I do have Seasonal Depressive Disorder and it starts rearing its head around this time of year. I used to let it completely take over as Fall turned into Winter, but I’m lucky enough to have a husband who wants me to be happy and friends/family who support me whenever it gets rough.
Matt and I try to get outside as much as we can while the sun is out (3rd shift has made it more difficult but we still make it happen!). All that Vitamin D from the sun (combined with my anti-depressant) really does do wonders for my mood.
On the first true day of Fall, Matt and I went to the Park of Roses and walked around, looking at all the flowers before rose season came to a close. It was so much fun just taking time to regroup and de-stress together. If you don’t have a handy dandy husband to walk with, gather your friends or your family (or both!) and make it a fun time. You don’t have to walk in nature, but I truly think taking a walk in the park helps you remember that the little things in life really make it worth living.
If you’re not able to get anyone to come with you, take a walk on your own and use it as a time of reflection. I like to do so when I walk to work (since I’m waking anyways, I might as well use the time wisely). It helps me get ready for the day ahead, as well as helps me get my steps in! Obviously 99.9% of you have your license, so you might not want to walk to work like that. That’s alright! Try to find time for a nice little walk in your day! This is the perfect time of year, since it’s not too hot or cold to be outside.
Rearrange Your Altar or Space
As some of you may know, I’m not super religious but I am pretty spiritual. I believe in the power of the Moon, the Sun, and Nature, and I have a little makeshift altar to represent this. Ever since I moved into my new house, I’ve been looking to make my altar way more special like I had it at my old house. Unfortunately, I still can’t find the perfect spot in this place!
That being said, this Fall I’ve made it my mission to find a small table and a perfect space for my altar so that I can get back into my Wicca-ish ways. I like to decorate my altar with things representing the season, so I’m going to find some acorns and pine cones to throw on there, as well as maybe a lil pumpkin to really spruce it up. Maybe some crunchy leaves to accidentally smash and have to dust up later? We’ll see!
If you have an altar too, think about rearranging and redecorating it to reflect the new season. It really makes the space feel new again, and it’s easier to work if your altar is tidy and neat! If you don’t have an altar, but you have a space you like to reflect on your religious beliefs, consider rearranging/redecorating your space. It really changes the mood for the better!
If you don’t do any of this religious stuff, but you still wanna redecorate or rearrange, you obviously can. Think of it as a spooky version of Spring Cleaning!
Time for a New Hobby
With every change of season, I find myself wanting to do something new, or return to something I used to do. The past few years, I’ve wanted to get back into embroidery and knitting, but my carpal tunnel makes it hard to do so without taking many, many breaks. Instead, I’ve been researching new things to do that I can do without having to take so many breaks.
In the meantime, Matt and I have been looking for new multiplayer games to play together. Don’t Starve used to be our go-to, but after I burnt down our entire settlement (on accident!) we stopped playing. Now, we’re considering Stardew Valley Multiplayer! Hopefully I don’t ruin his crops…
My favorite thing to do when seasons change is to look for a new hobby, or return to an old one. I think that it keeps life fresh to do so! I suggest looking for something to do inside when the weather gets gross, as well as something you can do outside when the sun is out. Adding friends and family into the mix makes it more fun! Whether it’s playing flag football, painting, or carving pumpkins, there’s always something new to do if you brainstorm long enough!
Thanks for reading, y’all! I hope that my favorite Fall activities inspire you to create your own memories. If you end up doing something fun, make sure to tell me all about it on Twitter so I can get excited with you! And if you end up making some delicious food, please invite me over so I can eat it :P