Autumn Aspirations

October is swiftly coming to a close, can you believe it? I always want to hold on to these last few months at the year’s end. Call it nostalgia or call it just the January-blues, but regardless of what the previous year held for me, I’m never ready to see it drift away and watch the new one come into view. October is like a security blanket. It’s as if everyone does a collective sigh from the year’s ups and downs and finally remembers to look around and enjoy each other.

Maybe you have a different experience. Maybe the end of the year festivities fill you with dread and give you a sense of being overwhelmed by trying to get everything just right. It doesn’t have to be just right though. It doesn’t even really have to be close. In honor of making some easy memories without too much time to plan, and with a weekend staring us straight in the face full of moments to make memorable, here are a few musts for your October-end:

Drink far, far too much coffee:

coffee Decorate at least ONE table in your house:

fall decorating ideasok, maybe two:
fall decorating ideas Read a novel:

reading Indulge in Pumpkin-Spice-everything: Come December I am so over Pumpkin-Spice, but for October and November I enjoy it without even a splash of guilt:

fall recipes Find an excellent pumpkin-patch…
pumpkin patch
pumpkin patch …and someone special to carry the pumpkins for you:

Happy weekend everyone! Hope you can make some memories and enjoy the beauty that is October.

– <3 A. 

Plain Jane

Plain Jane: “It is not everyone who has your passion for dead leaves”

-Jane Austen, in Sense and Sensibility

Fall, fall, fall, fall, fall. Its my season, I’m obsessed, enthralled, in love with it…give me a cloud, a book, and a sweater and I have reached supreme happiness. More coffee please, I’ll be here for awhile, contemplating the beautiful, dying leaves that predict my favorite weather…ever.

Plain Jane

 Plain Jane: “I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress”

Jane Austen’s letters

The inadequacy of my preparation to tackle this mountainous blog hit me today. Luckily, if Jane felt unlearned, how could I ever hope to feel able? Somehow, this altered my outlook into feeling rather sanguine. Pressing onward then!