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Embracing Fall

I found red leaves on my walk. That can only mean one thing, Fall is coming.
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Too bad I’m a summer girl. I was married to a summer guy, funny how that works. He was asked several times why we didn’t move closer to Oklahoma City or Tulsa.
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His reply, “I’m as far north as I’m going to get. It gets too cold up there.” We lived (and I still live) in SE Oklahoma, there is nothing “north” about it.
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However, we do have changing seasons, with the accompanying cold weather. The red in the foliage is nature’s way of giving fair warning
If, like me, you are a summer person and are trying valiantly to hold back fall, I can tell you it won’t work. 
Instead of fighting it, let’s embrace it. Let’s find our own way to celebrate the coming of fall, and then of course, winter. Let’s try some fall-related activities.
Since my husband’s birthday is September 12, here are 12 ideas for you to try this month.
1.  Make a “fall-flavored” wreath to welcome the season.
2. Use one of your empty flower containers to build a fairy garden.
3. Try something outrageous, a blue, green, or purple lipstick. Have some fun. Color your hair. Dance on your way into the store, or while you’re in the store.
4. Make a pot of soup, or stew, it’s the perfect fall dish. Plus, it’s easy and you have a meal for several days. You can freeze the left-overs, or just eat soup/stew until it’s gone.
5. Plant some fall flowers to replace the hot-weather ones that have gone the way of summer.
6. Plant some fall vegetables.
7.  Make an indoor herb garden. If you live where frost (and winter) isn’t an issue, make an outdoor herb garden.
8. Go for a hike, a bike ride (the kind you pedal, not the kind with a motor), or a slow leisurely walk and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the incoming season.
9. Take a picture (or ten) of something that says “fall” to you
10.  Read a book, or a short story.
11. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
12. Go to a fair. It’s state fair time in many states, as well as county fairs. Find one and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a fair.
 
These ideas were inspired by Brooke at the Pink Lyme blog. Check her September Bucket List.
As the month progresses I will be doing as many of these as possible. After all as grandma used to say, “idle hands and the devil’s workshop.” Staying busy will help me skirt the blah feelings that begin to appear this time of year. When you try one of the activities, blog about it and share your link in the comments below, or on our Facebook page, Follow Your Rainbow. If you don’t have a  blog, just post about the activity here in the comments.
I’m looking forward to seeing how you embrace autumn.
Are you a “summer” or “winter” person?
How do you welcome the changing seasons?
When is your most “blah” time of year?
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Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.

One thought on “Embracing Fall

  1. You do have some great ideas of things to do. We lived to far up north (Wisconsin) for to many years. Now we live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where it is possible to go to the beach almost 365 days a year. We have an all year herb garden and raise our own free range chickens. One of the joys of WIsconsin was watching the leaves turn colors in the fall. That was only topped by watching the leaves return to the trees after an ice cold winter. No more show shovels for me…and we have farmers markets all year so there is always a nice place to visit, buy fresh produce and pick up nicknacks that I am sure we really don’t need…

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