Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumn Goals

The view from Cathedral Ledge, back home in New Hampshire last year
I know lists such as these are plentiful this time of year, but well, the gym was closed, and it's raining out tonight, so I actually have some time to sit and think about this sort of thing. Last fall felt all too brief, caught up entirely in the relocation process, we were either frantically looking for a place to live, spending every free moment with friends and family, or tossing all our belongings into a moving van. I can't even remember last October, so I'm determined to enjoy every second of this one (and the last of September, and November too).

As the weather cools, here's what I'm hoping to do this fall:

1. Find some new hiking spots. 
We've mostly just stuck to Ohiopyle this past year, so I'm really excited to branch out and try some new trails.

2. Go apple picking.
This was a fall ritual back home in New England, and I'd love to continue it here in PA. The jury is still out when it comes to finding a good pick-your-own place, but we're definitely going to check out Soergels and Trax Farms.

3. Go to a flea market.
Something we've been waiting all year to do, if the weather holds up, this is what we'll be doing this weekend!

4. Visit friends around the state.
I already have some plans in place for this, but I want to make more. I'm such a week-to-week planner that my weekends are often spent on the fly, so I want to get better at planning ahead of time.

5. Re-do our home office/workspace and clean out the garage.
Our extra bedroom has a desk in it, and a computer, it also houses boxes of stuff to donate, and loads of other stuff we don't need. I'd love to build a new desk and really make it a space I'd like to be in. Also, ugh, our garage. We still have boxes from Massachusetts that have yet to be sorted and unpacked. I've been putting it off because I'm convinced they're now filled with spiders and other undesirables.

6. Have people over more often.
I'm gun shy when it comes to entertaining and get a little anxious about having people over to our place. I'd really love to get over this and entertain a little more.

7. Cook more often.
Confession: I don't like cooking. Chris does, so the majority (read: all) of our meals are cooked by him (except for breakfast and baked goods, two things I do enjoy making). I'd love to try out some new recipes and add a little more to my extremely limited repertoire.

8. Clean out my closet, and be intentional about what I add to it.
I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I think I've become much more aware over the past year of what I'm drawn to fashion- and decor-wise. I've done several closet clean-outs since we moved, and I want to keep the ball rolling seasonally.

9. Decorate for the season.
Our porch is just asking for mums in all colors.

10. Work more with my hands.
I write all day at work, I write in the evenings for this blog, I would love to make more time to create with my hands. It's something that I miss. Ideally, I'd love to take a metal-working class for jewelry fabrication, but have yet to find one that's affordable. This goal goes along with #5, we need to make some space for projects.

Do you make seasonal goals? I'd love to know what you're working on this fall!


Anonymous said...

I really need to make a list of seasonal goals! I feel like it's so silly not to get out & explore more of New England this time of year!


Mardle Made said...

I really need to make a list of goals and I REALLY need to clean out my studio so it's a nice place to work.

You should definitely take a silversmithing class. I took a course earlier in the year and got addicted after the first class! I LOVE it!

Pinterest is a great place to get some good recipes by the way.


Georgina Castellucci said...

This really inspires me to make the most of my time this fall - thank you!

This is a wonderful list also, I went apple picking last year and it's such a fun New England-y (real word, swear) activity.

I think you may have inspired one of my future posts! xo

Kyla said...

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Come visit me and we can go hiking AND apple picking. Done and done!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Great goals! My "101 in 1,001" list is expiring soon (November), & there are so many things on it that I haven't done yet. They're not seasonally specific, but I'd like to try to tackle a few of them!

Melissa said...

These are all such great goals! I'm hoping to go to a flea market soon, as well. I just need to see if my friends are around. I'm also planning on going hiking in the local state park Saturday, and a harvest festival on Sunday. I love autumn. It always makes me feel so fresh and renewed.

<3 Melissa

george_7717 said...

If you want a quick, easy recipe for autumn this is my fave!

- Bake a sweet potato.


-thinly slice half a red onion per person.

Get out some greek yoghurt, a tin of tuna, lime juice and coriander.

When potato is ready, spread the tuna over the filling and then add everything else (about 2 tbsp per potato).

So easy and nutritious!

Anonymous said...

Another good goal might be to post the winners of contests you host on your blog in a timely manner (with the larger goal of respecting your readers....)

just an idea ;)

jackie said...

oh, anon can shove it. you take your time, girl.

and more importantly, I love your list. it's not all fluff like a lot of the other lists out there. I like the things that are going to make you make PA more of your home- like new hiking spots and having people over and apple picking. I feel like that's how you'll make it seem like your town, not just like you're visiting.

and yes, cooking! I need to get into that too. my husband cooks and seems to like it, and I just kind of stand there and hand him stuff. I should work on that.

Chelle Lynn said...

I would also LOVE to entertain more, but I always chicken out of it. When it happens by happy accident, it always goes great, so I'm not really sure why I feel weird about it. New goal, for sure!

blue roses said...

agree with all of these, for you, for me, for all.... especially the last one! sitting in front of my computer all day, sometimes all night, it is so ideal to shut down, touch something tangible, build something. i have a few painting projects i want to finish; i am a terrible painter, but, that is no matter.

Orchid Grey said...

Anon, I'm sorry to have disappointed you, and I agree, I need to get better at that. I would hate for my readers to think that I don't respect them, it's the last thing I would want them to think actually, I respect my readership immensely. Thank you for the reminder.

Also, thank you all for the great ideas and for sharing your goals!

Orchid Grey said...

*"need to get better at that" being posting giveaway winners on time, I must clarify that I DO respect my readers greatly NOW.

Kristin said...

I love this idea, I feel like I wonder though a life and how I accomplish anything is anyone's guess! What flea markets are you interested in?

Laura said...

I love these goals! Many of mine are the same as cleaning out my closet. Eep! Chris and I are planning to do our fall to-do list tonight - I can't wait :)

sara said...

The Montour Trail on the west side of Pittsburgh, near Robinson Mall, is great and not quite as far as Ohiopyle.

Paula T said...

A lovely idea! I shall be making my list today, thanks for the inspiration!
I share you aims for 6 & 7, I've just moved down south and need to make more time to see people and cooking dinners is a great way.

Lilli said...

That's a beautiful photo! Now, that you mention it I definitely need to set some goals. I'm really looking forward to cooler days and all the holidays that will soon be upon us. Hopefully I can squeeze in a pumpkin and apple picking in between the madness.

The Littlest Smitten said...

Love this list. I always get excited for Fall as a chance to slow down and work on projects and I definatly have few on a list. Apple picking is a autumn tradition here in VT for me too though I've yet to do it with my work schedule and no car. If I don't make it is year I must at least bake a pie and eat it with Cabot cheese! My husband does all the cooking too though have seen several recipes lately that I want to try like pumpkin enchiladas. I've purging my closet too lately but it's still on going. Made some money selling stuff and plan to use some of that money for a ombré color next week. Feels so good to make changes! Have a great weekend!

Kristian said...

Great goals! I need to make a list like this.

Tina said...

I love making lists...I'm almost obsessive about it. This is a great list and you've given me some fall ideas to accomplish!

Katie said...

Its a bit of a drive, but Coopers Rock National Forest just outside of Morgantown, WV is a beautiful spot for hiking or climbing. (The view from the overlook is awesome) Its about 90 minutes from Pittsburgh. I don't think theres anything prettier than WV in the fall, but I'm biased as a West Virginian :)

Orchid Grey said...

Katie, thank you so much for the recommendation! We actually haven't checked out WV at all, so this is perfect!

A Girl Named Leney said...

I featured this post on my blog the other day:) Hope you don't mind!

<3 Leney

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