When I think of autumn, I think of vistas red & orange leaves, picking pumpkins & doing corn mazes, cooking up a pot of soup or chili, a caramel apple treat, and crisp cool days with bright blue skies. That’s a description of a typical New England fall or the fall of my childhood. Autumn has always been my favorite season – I love when I can pull out the sweaters and curl up under a blanket. This year, we are doing “Fall in Florida” and I’m not yet sure what that means!
I’ve never really been a seasonal decorator – no springtime wreaths or fall gourds. I have done spring and fall garden cleanups, and yes, I enjoy those activities. When is the actual timing of fall-cleanup in Central Florida and what types of activities does it really entail? There’s no raking of leaves here!
In years past, I have also done the shift of my clothing from a warm weather set to a cool weather set. In retirement, this has basically meant stopping or starting wearing shorts or polar-fleece as my daily attire. And again, not sure that fall, or even winter, in Florida requires that shift! Will I need polar-fleece pullovers or cashmere sweaters ever again?
For the Summer 2020 List, I had focused on PLAY (link to post) as I was trying to balance the negativity of the world around me. Unfortunately, from my Summer Play List I only completed 19 of the 33 items. What were my favorite things done? Reading a bunch of light-hearted, happy-ending books; multiple Walk & Talks with friends at various parks; playing catch with my dog Taylor; and some yummy food items like fresh corn on the cob, summer peaches, and trying some new recipes.
So being in Florida this fall is a huge learning experience. Even in mid-September, days have still been summer-like hot & humid. Added in the continued social distancing for no fall festivals/activities and I am really unsure what my Fall Season Plans should look like this year!
Seasonal changes are a good time to reconnect with your bigger vision (mine = active, connected, creative, contemplative), refocus daily activities (me = more movement!), and jump-start things neglected. And since Fall is often associated with new beginnings (new school year), what new things will I add to fill the void that’s occurred with Covid-19? In my blog post about filling the void (link here)), I challenged myself to look at the “someday I will” ideas and plan out initial steps, replace date nights, and plan some (safe) day trips. And of course, keep some focus on positive fun things (especially with the added election negativity I expect to be hearing). A lot to consider for this list!
So, here it goes—my Fall in Florida “Bucket List”.
- Walk more & take pictures on my walks
- Plan Beach Time – beach yoga & beach walks
- Play catch with Taylor
- Take out the SUP and try the kayak
- Restart yoga 2-3 times a week
- Attend book club meetings, socially distancing of course
- Get take-out – BBQ, Sushi, Thai – and eat outside!
- Plan hubby dates – visit new St Pete Pier mid-week, do long bike ride, and watch movies together on TV
- Plan (1-2 weekly) Zoom connects (or phone calls) with girlfriends
- Start new cross-stich
- Try new recipes – cook creatively (and check out the new fish store!)
- Do photo books project (create coffee table books of our best trips)
- Create New House Vision Board and plan/design portico area
- Take another Coursera course
- More Writing – childhood memories recall, resentment release, and my pandemic diary
- Stop and enjoy the fall lightening storms, get up and watch the sunrise, sit outside and look at the stars
I am going to be reading other blogger’s Fall Lists to see if I can add some truly “fall like” activities here in Florida. Do you have any suggestions for what Fall in Florida can be?