Fall, and my immeasurable love of pumpkins

I’m so happy! I ran across this poem:

Don’t Hesitate
Mary Oliver
 
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
Perfect.  I’m finding a lot of joy in the turning of the season.  Yesterday I actually started decorating the house for fall, which hasn’t happened in years. I’m going thrifting again this week, so hopefully I’ll find some cool decorations.  My goal is to fully enjoy the entire holiday season, from now through the holidays, so I decided to make a list (of course) of fun things to do each month.  Not to run about madly, doing things just to cross them off, but to refer to when I need a little inspiration. Here’s October’s:
  1. Go to the pumpkin patch! We have a huge one in our area with tons of fun stuff to do, and I’m super excited to go. Specific things: buy pumpkins for carving and decorating, get some of the amazing handmade fudge, and see if I can find a jack o’lantern mug in the souvenir shop.
  2. Make something with caramel and apples. I saw a recipe for caramel apple cheesecake pop up in my Google reader, and that’s a leading contender. And fudge. This year I will master fudge.
  3. Make chicken noodle soup-a lot. And try some new soup recipes.  I adore soup, I could eat it and grilled cheese every day, but I’m lucky if I make it once.
  4. Actually plan something for Halloween. Even if it’s just a horror movie marathon with Steve. Specific things: see if I can thrift a costume.
  5. Make a signature fall coffee drink.  I don’t like pumpkin flavors, or even strong coffee, but I like the idea of the pumpkin spice latte, if that makes sense. I’m sure I can figure out something, probably involving chocolate and caramel.
  6. Take lots of pictures! This will be on every month’s list 🙂
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