Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

This time of year marks the start of my favorite time on the calendar. I love to decorate for fall, make hot cider, take photos of the autumn foliage, break out my boots and wear warmer clothing. If you are like me there are many things fighting for our time; work, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, lawn maintenance, volunteering, errands, doctor appointments, car maintenance, house projects, etc. Plus, if your spouse is far from home, you are doing all of these things on your own. Since our schedule is so packed we (myself included) might get to December and wonder, "where did Fall go?!"


Let's make memories and enjoy the sights, smells and experiences like never before this Fall Season!!


Here are 10 items to try, do or visit this Fall Season.


Fall Bucket List:



Front porch - A few pumpkins, carved or not, and a planted mum can go along way, enough to make you smile when you arrive home.

Dinning Room Table - A fall themed centerpiece on your dining room table can be as simple as an arrangement of smaller pumpkins in a fall colored bowl. Get creative and maybe even include some candy corn in a clear vase with a candle placed in the center.

Mantel - This year I placed glittered pumpkins on top of candleholders, a look I discovered in a home decorating magazine. They add a unique focal point and it was relatively inexpensive.

Carve pumpkins - Whether you carve one or many pumpkins, it is so much fun! Grab a pumpkin the next time you are at the grocery store and look online for creative templates to use as an outline when carving your pumpkin.



Apple picking - Locate the nearest apple orchard and plan an afternoon to visit with friends to pick a apples straight from the tree! Having grown up with apple trees I never though I'd go somewhere to pay for the experience, but I have to say it is fun and perfect for the kids.

Hay ride - Many base Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) departments will plan a hay ride for kids and families. Check with your local installation for upcoming fall events.

Fall picnic - There is something very romantic about fall picnics, even if you place your take-out containers in your picnic basket. The point is to enjoy the fall crisp air and the autumn foliage. If your spouse is deployed, invite a friend or two and each of you bring an item.



Hot cider - There is nothing like hot, yummy cider. It also makes your house smell good. Try it and let me know what you think.

Fall dinner party - Get together with a few of your friends and plan a fall themed meal with comfort foods, hot toddies, and perhaps a homemade apple pie!

Bake sugar cookies - Bake them in the shapes of leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. In case you needed an excuse to bake cookies, this is a good one. Using fall themed cookie cutters is an easy way to bring the season right to your dining room table. Yumm!


Other ideas (I know this makes eleven, consider it a bonus!):

Fall photo-shoot - Grab your camera and take a couple of hours to experience a fall nature walk at your local park or even your neighborhood.


How are you spending your Fall Season? What are your traditions? Please leave a comment on this post.