However let's not forget that last May I set out some things that I wanted to accomplish this summer - because summer in Ontario often does flash before your eyes - and when it is the dead of winter I will be cursing the fact that I ever wished it away. Because then I will be wishing for the painfully hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable summer weather we were blessed with this year.
Out of the seven things that I set out to do - I successfully completed 4.75 of these items. What you don't count your near completions as a near success? You should!
1. I planted a flower garden - and then progressively forgot to water it. It's official that I don't have a green thumb. I also never did get around to planting my ever so coveted forget-me-nots. Next year? Maybe!
2. I took a hike. Several of them actually. We managed to fit in a few hikes each camp trip. The most memorable was our interpretative walk through Algonquin Park.
3. I enjoyed a campfire. And I enjoyed every second of it. I even begged you all to rain dance for me - because I desperately didn't want to camp without a campfire. Unfortunately I didn't ask soon enough because it did rain - but not enough to lift ban. However - we survived our first camp trip sans fire - which made me want appreciate the awesomeness of a summer campfire even more.
4. I improved my campfire cooking skills. To make camp meals more enjoyable - I experimented with cooking over the campfire - and on the Coleman stove. My camp french toast is nearly perfected.
5(ish). I printed and framed our wedding photos. Well kind of. I purchased and hung the frames. That counts right? I think it counts as .75 completion.
As I began thinking about fall - I started to think about all the things I want to do. Fall is even shorter than summer. And what comes after falls is much, much worse. But fall is full of all my favourite activities - so I am determined to prolong it and enjoy every moment of it as best as possible. Famous last words spoken by every procrastinator.
This is what I want to do this fall.
2. Go Apple Picking. I haven't been since I was in grade school and I really enjoyed strawberry picking so much this year that apple picking has got to be just as fun. [Photo credit]
3. Host a Pumpkin Carving Party. We hosted one last year and it was so much fun. I want to do it all over again.
4. Host a Friends Thanksgiving Dinner. Last year was my first time cooking a turkey - it turned out well - but my timing was all off. I want to get better at this - and plus Thanksgiving is the best holiday so it's worth having more reasons to celebrate it.
5. Perfect my Apple Pie Skills. I make a good pie filling - but I struggle with the crust. Since I will be going apple picking - I will need to use them up right? I really want to improve on my pastry making abilities. I am going to be that lady with pies cooling in her kitchen window. I had better get a new apron sewn up.