Hi there, faithful reader. I’m sorry for the brief hiatus between posts; my family went on a trip to Old Forge with some nerd friends and their families and I was having too much fun on the lake to throw together a post 😉
Can you believe that fall is practically upon us?! My husband, the science teacher and household “fact person” (a nickname handed down from our daughter) would argue that autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22, but there’s no denying that fall is fast approaching. While we were in the Adirondacks the air was crisper, the mornings cooler, and the surrounding hills enshrouded in a dense fog that all screamed AUTUMN! like a flashing billboard. As much as I love summer, I do love the transition from summer to fall. As a kid I was always enthusiastic about going back to school, plus I played field hockey which is a fall sport, so I have very fond memories of this season. Our season always started part way through August and ran through the fall, and I loved being able to watch as the hills slowly transitioned from their emerald green to the fiery oranges, reds, and yellows of autumn. And the smell in the morning, those quiet hours of stillness when the only sound would be the hollow tap of the stick on the ball as it glided over the dewy grass…I still wholeheartedly love summer, but fall is a close runner-up 🙂
Our nerd family stayed in a house on Fourth Lake, just a few miles from Old Forge. We had a playground right next to the house and beach access to the lake, which was wonderful. The owners even had Adirondack chairs arranged for the different houses on the property. You know what an Adirondack chair is, right? This guy:
Confession time: I’ve never understood the appeal of these chairs. Like, why do people pay hundreds of dollars for a hard wooden chair that their butts just sink into and they’re so hard to get out of? They’re hard, they look weird, I just never got it.
Until this trip.
It was our last day and I was up early with Felix. He and the other kids were hanging out in the house so I sneaked a last minute trip down to the lake (literally less than 100 yards from our porch). I walked down and tried to perch on the edge of the Adirondack chair to enjoy the view. Again, anger flooded my mind as to WHY people love these things?! I can’t even sit on the edge properly–
And that’s when it hit me. I’m a “percher” always ready to GO GO GO and I’ve been trained so well that I can’t even relax in a dang chair. I definitely thought that with this COVID quarantine stuff I had done better about slowing down in life, but apparently I was wrong. So I sat my butt in the chair and just enjoyed the early morning stillness of the lake.
It gave me some time to reflect on the summer that was behind us, what I had accomplished and what I loved about it, plus some time to look forward to the coming season. School starts up next week which is truly terrifying and I have no idea what to expect, but I always like to take some time to get in the right frame of mind to adjust myself to the new schedule. I tend to get a touch of the “summer time sadness” where I get teary eyed and beg summer not to go, please don’t leave me, please just stay a little bit longer.
So I take a few moments to get my head right about the change in seasons. I’m looking forward to a lot of things in the coming weeks, including:
1. Getting back into some kind of real routine. I love the lazy days of summer and I was still productive, but I am a person who thrives on having X happen on Y date at Z time. I need that stability, and going to work every day provides it.
2. I’m looking forward to getting back into a meal prep routine. I love the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when it’s done. Feeding myself and my family nutritious food is truly my love language.
3. FOOTBALL. I love it. I’m sure it will be weird with no spectators in the stadiums, and who knows how long the season will last, but I can’t wait. (GO SAINTS!)
4. Apples, apple picking, apple cider donuts, etc etc etc. Pumpkin stuff too, but I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte so I can’t really speak to those 😉
5. Cooler temperatures for running. My ideal temperature is between 50 and 60 degrees, and fall mornings are ideal for this!
6. Doing some slight house renovations. I don’t want to do anything major, maybe paint the living room and the bathroom, install a new kitchen faucet, and I’d LOVE to redo the counter and floor in our bathroom, but we’ll take all those projects one step at a time.
7. The holidays! I love Halloween, Thanksgiving is my favorite, plus my wedding anniversary is in there as well. Who knows what these celebrations will look like, but I’m looking forward to them regardless.
8. Sweat pants, hoodies, boots, cozy socks, the full fall look!
I guess this is all to say, even though going back to school and the coming year have me feeling anxious in many ways, there are still things to look forward to in this coming season. I hope you can take a minute to jot down a few things you’re looking forward to in the weeks ahead. I’d love to hear what they are!
Thanks for reading, be well, and we’ll talk soon! 🙂