Fall has always been my season for resolutions. Inspiration seems to coincide with the start of the academic year and cooler weather, and though I’m no longer in school, I can’t resist the temptation to make a list of goals for the next few months of autumnal life.
- Lots of family hikes. It’s not so hot anymore, there are fewer people in our lakeside cottage town, and there is a plethora of coloured leaves to admire. With the baby in a backpack and the preschooler exploring alongside, it’s pretty much heaven.
- The urge to bake with apples has returned. Dutch apple pie, apple strudel baklava, and Aunt Jane’s amazing apple cake are on the short-term menu. Feel free to come by for a tasting and tea!
- Last-minute canning. I’ll have to visit the famers’ market to see what I can scrounge before it’s too late. I’ve been meaning to make my grandma’s Thousand-Island relish for two years. (See a review on it here.)
- Plant garden bulbs because I want a sea of daffodils and tulips next spring.
- Roasts and braises. After three weeks of rushed Italian apartment cooking (read, pasta every single meal), I’m seriously craving some long-simmered meaty dishes in my beloved Le Creuset pot.
- Home décor. I’m determined to learn how to turn our rarely-used living room into a warm, welcoming space. I also want to do something with our tiny, dark bedroom. Design blogs and forums, here I come! (Any recommendations?)
- Scrapbooks and photo albums need to be made for my 10-month-old’s life to date and for our recent family trip. If I don’t do it, the pics seems to get forgotten on my computer.
- ‘Downton Abbey’ (season 3) is supposed to be back by now! As it gets even colder, I won’t feel guilty about spending an evening snuggled under a quilt with J., sipping hot tea and immersing myself in early 20th-century England.
- Hang out with friends – dinner parties, board games, coffee or play dates, gym sessions, knitting group, walks. Sometimes I need to remind myself that rewarding friendships require a time commitment.
- 10. A few fun days in Toronto hitting up my favourite cafés, clothing stores on Queen Street, university book sales, and enjoying a gigantic bowl of steaming Vietnamese pho soup.
It’s going to be a wonderful fall.