How to Enjoy the First Day of Fall
You know it’s coming: The kids are back in school, there’s a slight chill in the air, and pumpkin spice lattes are making their first appearance on menus around town. There is no denying that change is in the air, and that means summer is finally coming to an end. Here are some ideas on how to enjoy the first day of fall.
Make a Seasonal Menu
Whether you shop for staples at a local farmers market or grocery store, the cooler weather means fresh produce is about to shift gears from tomatoes and summer squash to heartier fare. Why not celebrate the new season with a menu incorporating the seasonal vegetables and greens showing up right about now? Think sweet potatoes, leafy greens, apple pie, cabbage soup, fresh cranberries, and pomegranates. Oh my gourd, the possibilities are endless for the first day of fall!
Shift Landscaping Gears
Summertime is hard on lawns and landscapes and can feel a little like survival mode. As the weather starts to change, so do seasonal lawn care needs as fall rolls around. Now that the days are shorter and the air is cooler, you can begin to relax a little when it comes to your yard. Adjust your mower blade a bit lower, as your lawn can handle a tighter trim in the cool months ahead. Reseed any bare spots in your lawn and get rid of any pesky weeds now to keep them from gaining any traction in the coming months. Get your blower and rakes out and ready for action, and be poised for leaf cleanup every weekend (more on that in a minute).
It’s almost as if the season announces itself with the changing scent of the air, inviting you to come outside and enjoy the transition. With your diminishing yard work duties, you can head for the hills and go for some hikes to view the fall colors. If the kids aren’t quite there yet, no worries. You can enjoy the great outdoors from right outside your doorstep. Lay in a comfy hammock or make your leaf-raking tasks do double duty, arranging for some fun-filled leaf pile jumps that are fun for the whole family. A leaf raking contest gets the kids doing chores, and enjoying them. You might have to re-rake a little, but it’s more than worth it.
Nothing says the first day of fall better than football. Don’t just watch it, organize a neighborhood game of flag or touch football. Bake some cranberry cookies and make a party of it.
Before you know it, winter and the holidays will be here. As the weather cools, there’s no better time to launch a preemptive strike against the lazy indulgence that awaits in winter. Join a gym, start practicing yoga in the living room, or find a buddy and begin a weekly walking schedule. The important thing is that you pick an activity and stick to it. Don’t wait until the new year to begin a new habit. It’ll be much easier to continue a regimen after the holidays if you’ve already had one to begin with.
OK, fall chores are never much fun. But the cold is going to come creeping in, so take a minute to assess door or window seals that need attention. Clean your gutters, repair your roof and get a duct cleaning on your heating system before you have to crank it up. Check for coupons for services and goods to see if you can save a bit on any of the above upgrades. Doing this now will give you more time to enjoy the first days of winter.
However you choose to embrace the season, don’t forget to enjoy this final quarter of the year. The end of summer is a great time to refocus, refresh, and refine your activities as you look forward to fall.