Wednesday, September 23, 2015

It's a New Season. Welcome, Autumn (a/k/a Fall)! and our Fall Bucket LIst

Welcome the first day of Fall.  At 4:21 a.m., while most of us were still sleeping, Autumn
arrived here in Pennsylvania, the most colorful leaves of red, yellow and orange have begun to decorate the scenery.  Taking a drive through the hills of PA is breathtaking.  There is so much beauty.  The temperatures are changing, it’s getting cooler.  Dusk arrives sooner – we know this because at the beginning of summer, the drive-in movies were beginning around 9:15, now they start around 8:30. 

With the arrival of Autumn comes a new bucket list.  Our Fall Bucket List.  Here’s our ideal list.  We hope to mark off many! 

Fall Bucket List
  • Visit a pumpkin farm, get lost in the corn maze, drink apple cider, go for a hay ride
  • Pick Apples at a local farm
  • Make applesauce and apple dumplings with those just picked apples
  • Host a Halloween Party, bob for apples, play the doughnut game, dress up, have fun
  • Go Trick or Treating
  • If your local Zoo hosts a Boo Zoo - attend
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Decorate for the Fall season and in particular, Halloween
  • Fall festivals
  • Make a batch of hot chocolate for those chilly evenings
  • Rake the leaves, then jump!
  • Watch scary movies
  • Go for a hike, or just a walk —the sight: the most colorful leaves; the scent: the air is so crisp it just smells clean; plus the occasional whiff of fireplaces being lit or piles of leaves being burned
  • Bake loaves of pumpkin bread
  • Buy squash, cook up a pot of soup
  • Light Fall Scented candles all around the house.  Yankee Candle has the most delightful scents
  • Decorate the porch with haystacks or hay bales, mums, pumpkins
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Begin your homemade gifts now
  • Make a really big pot of chili.  Freeze a batch or two for later in the month.
  • Treat yourself to a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Yum.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Summer Bucket List - How'd We Do??

This is our Summer Bucket List.  I shared this list on June 4, 2015.  
Summer Bucket List 2015

      Go on a road trip – Day out with Thomas 
      Have a picnic August 22
      Make smores
      Go to a festival – three rivers 
      Go to the farmer’s market – Thursdays 
      Plant a vegetable garden; eat what grows 
      Go to the drive-in 
      Visit the museum (on a rainy day) 
      Visit the zoo (on a sunny day) 
      Watch fireworks (on the 4th
      Hike a trail in the woods 
      Go to an amusement park 
      Go miniature golfing
      Go to a baseball game
Take a cruise on the Good Ship Lollipop

1.         Since then, we have gone on a road trip to spend a Day Out with Thomas. 
2.         We joined family members at Crooked Creek State Park for a picnic lunch, Frisbee playing and swimming. 
3.         I visited the Three Rivers Festival, and
4.         shopped for fresh grown veggies, hummus, baked breads and cheeses from the Farmer’s Market held every Thursday in Market Square. 
5.         We planted a garden and have eaten the ripe, red tomatoes.  Our banana pepper plant only yielded one banana pepper but the hot pepper plants did very well.  (I gave those peppers to my son).  This year we learned, next year we will plant the tomato plants further apart and grow beans and green peppers. 
6.         We’ve been to the drive-in numerous times.  I’ll tell you, sitting out in the open under a sky of stars, the moon shining brightly, there’s nothing like it.  I have loved going to the drive-in this summer.  I even don’t mind the long drive. 
7.         While we didn’t visit the museum on a rainy day, we still visited and
8.         we’ve been to the zoo more than once. 
9.         Kayla and I and the boys went for a hike in Frick Park. 
10.       My firm’s annual picnic was again at Kennywood Amusement Park.  Elliot was fabulous and loved it all. 
11.       Miniature golfing - more than once.  

So the no-goes were the fireworks (the car battery died that day), smores (Autumn will be a better time for those), ball game, and the Good Ship Lollipop.

We accomplished 11 out of 15.  Not too shabby.  Now for Autumn . . . 

Did you keep a Summer Bucket List?  How did you do???

Peace and Happiness!