Ah, fall. Summer is over and winter is fast approaching, but for now we can revel in the all-too-brief period of indisputably perfect weather. So how should you capitalize on this incredible gift from Mother Nature? We have a few ideas that we think you’ll find very appealing.
1. Down a few dozen pumpkin-spice lattes
This will be happening more frequently than you might like. Resistance is futile.
2. Change up your hair colour
Summer highlights after Thanksgiving are the new white after Labour Day.
3. Watch the leaves change
Be aware that this is an extremely gradual process and might not make for riveting entertainment on a Friday evening.
4. Buy a ridiculously oversized sweater
5. Knit stuff
Even if you’re terrible at knitting. A coaster for your pumpkin-spice lattes is a good beginner project.
6. Bust out the plaid flannel
It’s super cozy and seasonally appropriate.
7. Go for a long hike in the woods
Savour the satisfying crunch of dried leaves under your feet. This is, unequivocally, the best thing ever.
8. Rake leaves into a giant mound
9. Build a big, hot, roaring fire
Preferably in a fireplace. Or an outdoor fire pit. Now would be an excellent time to deal with that massive mound of leaves.
10. Get cozy by said fire
Having a partner for this is highly recommended.
11. Go apple-picking
Fall and apples is the only season-fruit combination that makes collecting produce seem like an enjoyable activity. Do people talk about how fun it would be to go springtime potato digging? We rest our case.
12. Bake an apple pie
13. In fact, bake lots of pies
Get creative with your fillings. Strawberry peach? Sure! Blueberry chocolate? Go for it! Spinach and rhubarb? Might be time to pump the brakes, Martha.
14. Jam out a few jams while you’re at it
Smuckers ain’t got nothing on you.
15. Roast a chicken
Toss some of your favourite fall veggies in with that sucker. Not only does this result in an excellent meal (or two), but it’s also an excellent form or aromatherapy.
16. Fill your belly with delicious fall beers
With the summer heat gone, that thick stout is finally starting to sound appealing, isn’t it?
17. Re-watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles
And pour one of those stouts out for the late, great John Candy.
18. Find a good book, and cozy up with a thick blanket on the porch
Because reading inside is for suckers.
19. Put your garden to bed
It’s earned it. And it will be all the happier to see you next year.
20. Squash your fear of squash
It’s actually pretty good! And it doesn’t taste the way pumpkin guts smell, we promise.
21. Get your gourd on
Put them on display. Create a sweet centrepiece. Fall just seems better when you’re surrounded by gourds.
22. Hack open a pumpkin
Dig out its guts with your bare hands. This is highly therapeutic.
23. Watch a scary movie
Watching scary movies can release endorphins. It can also release some unexpected things into your undergarments. Exercise caution.
24. Plan an epic Halloween costume.
25. Clean out your closet, dresser, and any other spot where unused clothes might be hiding.
Donate, sell or give away to your friends. Be ruthless. You’ll feel a whole lot better once it’s gone.
26. Pimp your wardrobe with a fall shopping spree
Those fall sales aren’t going to be around forever. Plus: You’ve got so much space in your closet now.
27. Bust out your favourite fall boots
Polish those babies like they’re grandma’s silver.
28. Go ghost-hunting
29. Get your gobble, gobble on and celebrate American Thanksgiving.
Order up a few Swiss Chalet Festive Specials, toss on the Macy’s Day Parade and call it a day.
30. Catch a high school football game
31. Whip up a hearty soup
Cram it full of as many fall veggies as you can get your hands on.
32. Hunker down for the night with a nice bottle of wine
Okay, so this one is great year-round. But it’s even better once the weather turns chilly.
33. Throw on Neil Young’s Harvest
And repeat Steps 1 to 32.