For Leaf-Loving Women
Usually, Fall comes with a big list of jobs to do. The leaves, which are duly falling from the trees, will need raking up every couple of days. They will also start to block your gutters, which can cause all sorts of problems, so they will regularly need cleaning out (although you might want to contact a team of roofers, like these castle rock roofers, to take this job out of your hands). You will also need to start preparing for Halloween. If you have not yet started thinking about your costume, it must be because you have not set foot in a department store recently-they are stocked and ready! But despite these jobs, you can still have fun. And with Fall fast approaching, it is not too late to start getting into the Autumn spirit. Here are a few fun things every leaf-loving woman should do this Fall.
The Fall To Do List
1. Get you some dang cute boots, girl. Though I live in the Midwest where boots are not only a fashion statement but a winter-weather staple, I have noticed in the last few years that riding boots are worn coast to coast, regardless of weather. They can be worn with tights and a dress if it is warm enough or over layered jeans and long-johns. The point is, they are functional but they make a statement! Any outfit looks suddenly polished with a pair of leather boots included.
2. Make a Fall wreath for the front door. You and I both know a dozen ways to use pine cones and fall leaves in your home, and some of them are pretty stinkin’ cute. Make a girls’ night out of it and each bring one or two of the necessary supplies. Check here for some especially festive options.
3. Carve a pumpkin! Remember when you were little and you squealed with mixed horror and delight over the spaghetti insides of a recently carved pumpkin? Maybe you made your Dad do the “yucky” part of scooping the innards out while you drew a face on for him to carve? Or maybe you were elbow-deep in the stuff with your siblings? Regardless, pumpkin carving is a must for the Fall season. You absolutely do not need kids in your life to enjoy this. Get some girlfriends and do it over wine and tapas (careful with those knives!) or do it yourself! Scoop those spaghetti insides! Roast those pumpkin seeds! Display your creation proudly on your porch.
4. Tour a winery. Touring a winery is fun regardless of the season, but during the Fall,sitting out over the rows of grapes and breathing in the crisp, fragrant air is enough to calm any anxiety. Cleanse your soul!
5. Play a game of two-hand touch football. If you are mourning the loss of your significant other to the start of football season, get in on the action and host a couples’ game of football. Split couples up across teams or give them the chance to work together. Provide warm apple cider and hot chocolate breaks throughout, and gather over bowls of chili after the game. What could be better than a little friendly competition between good friends?
6. Get lost in a corn maze. Do it on purpose. Leave your phone in the car and escape for a little while. Make a new friend to escape the maze with. Post up in a corner and enjoy the solitude. Breathe. Be.
7. Have a progressive dinner with friends. You can each choose to give one course for each other or you can go restaurant-hopping! Have wine and cheese at one house, salad at the next, an entrée at a third house, and coffee and dessert to end the night. If you choose to visit various restaurants, go for appetizers, soup and salad, entrees, and then stop somewhere else for dessert.[optin-cat id=”6744″]
8. Knit a scarf. Do not know how to knit? Even better. Take a class with some friends or marathon a few YouTube videos at home until you think you have the hang of it. Trade creations at the end or proudly wear your own. Make personalized tags to display on your handiwork, maybe including your signature or initials. When snow arrives, strut your stuff!
9. Host Thanksgiving at your house this year. If it is your first time or if you just do not want to be stuck in the kitchen all day, ask your guests to each bring a side dish and you provide the turkey and pie. Combine this with that two-hand touch football game and get a couple of games in while your bird bakes. Over dinner, give everyone the chance to say what they are thankful for.
Just because you do not have kiddos at home does not mean you cannot celebrate the leaves changing and pumpkin pie baking. Take some time to enjoy the nice weather and relax with friends. Before you can list nine reindeer, the hustle and bustle of Christmas will be upon us, and then it is too late to get much vegging out time scheduled!
Katelyn Roth lives in Pittsburg, KS with her boyfriend and husky mix, Inara. She teaches freshman composition classes. She has served on the staff of her campus’ literary magazine for several years and was Editor-in-chief of the 2013-2014 issue.
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