Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall Fun Wrap-Up

As I sit here, beginning to cook Thanksgiving dinner--the dinner rolls (always the first thing I make)  are in the bread machine--I realize that fall has pretty much come to a close.  Sure, Thanksgiving is the culmination of fall, but it really almost fits in better with the holiday season.  Soon, I'll start my annual Advent Activities list.  I can't believe this will be the 6th year we'll done those.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Here is a wrap up of our Fall Fun for this year.

  1. Knitting retreat--see here.
  2. Get out mittens, hats, scarves, sweaters, etc.--finally needed them today!
  3. Change fire alarm batteries
  4. Block Island weekend--yes!  See here.
  5. Indigo Girls concert--yay!  See here.
  6. Vote.  Because the local election and referendum have gotten very nasty.
  7. Trick or treat!!!  
  8. Make a leaf pile.
  9. Decorate a pumpkin.  Does it count that I "zentangled" one?
  10. Yarn!  I'm participating in a CAL, or crochet-along.  Plus the knitting retreat.
  11. Watch Halloween film (is it time for Hocus Pocus?)--we watched Hocus Pocus.  Odd.  Virginity is a major plot line in this kids' movie from 1993.
  12. Scout overnight at Mystic Seaport!!!
  13. Florence Griswold Museum Wee Faerie Village
  14. Make pies--we made a Swedish Apple Pie
  15. Boo gifts for friends
  16. Backyard fire with foil dinners and s'mores--can it count that we did it at Applepalooza?  Might be fun to do this holiday weekend, too, with Goo.
  17. Applepalooza (our family fall open house, with apple desserts):  a wonderful day, even with the flurries!
  18. Pull out quilts and blankets
  19. Nature Mandalas:  a first this year; so pretty.
  20. Church in-gathering celebration:  we took water from our rain gauge, excited that it had finally rained
  21. Make faerie houses:  our first ones circled the silver maple
  22. Comic Con:  always fun, like a big geeky Halloween party
  23. Matilda:  excellent!
  24. Spring Awakening (adults only):  a fantastic evening of ASL and musical theater, in a story about drastic consequences resulting from miscommunicaitons between horny German teenagers and their parents
  25. School Open House:  another year has started!
  26. Prepare Halloween costumes:  We have Black Widow and Link all ready to go
  27. Nature walk or bike ride:  I'm going to count the Sept GS bike ride.

Maybe next year . . . . 
  1. Renaissance festival:  NO, missed it this year
  2. Church Harvest festival--NOPE, we missed this
  3. Russian Orthodox Christmas fair (feels more like Christmas than fall, but it is in Nov.)
  4. Apple picking
  5. piano recital--now in December
  6. Roast pumpkin seeds
  7. Make apple or pumpkin butter
  8. Pumpkin picking
  9. Corn maze
  10. Go to a football game
  11. Amish Friendship bread
  12. Paint pinecones
  13. Tent in the backyard
  14. Make candles or soap
  15. Explore sourdough bread recipes

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