Today is my only day off this week and my plans for a hike on a sunny fall day turned into a contemplation on what to do on a rainy fall day and evening. The possibilities, of course, are endless but for me there are some things that just seem so right for the season. You know what I mean? Things that just say 'hey, it's that time of the year!'
So, today I'm planning on...
Baking: homemade veggie pot pie. I have a no fail recipe that uses a ton of good stuff like roasted celery, organic potatoes, carrots, lima beans and more. Must eat hot while sitting cross-legged on the couch wearing favorite lounge wear and worn knit slippers and watching the Muppet Show.
Drinking: Blenheim's Ginger Ale. I'm addicted to the crisp bite of this fizzy drink! It warms the tummy on a chilly day.
Eating: spicy Asian pear pie from The Grit. All of our desserts are made right in the restaurant and this one is pretty damn amazing. Asian pears have a slightly less grainy texture and they are not as sweet as Bartlett, and when you throw in a bit of peppery spices then the whole experience is pure deliciousness! Yes, this pie is a new fall favorite but I've always loved pears and apples and the like. I plan on harvesting both of them from a local farm ASAP since the window of opportunity is closing in November. Then I'll be eating a ton of homemade apple sauce!
Watching: anything Jane Austen or anything 80's themed. Willow is scheduled for tonight but I also adore Legend, The Princess Bride, Short Circuit, Ghostbusters, Gremlins and so many more. I'm an 80's kid...what can I say? I like to revisit my childhood with a big bowl of popcorn and snuggle times under a quilt.
Reading: comics like The Far Side, Pearls Before Swine, Get Fuzzy, and Calvin And Hobbes. Speaking of revisiting childhood, I've been addicted since I was in Middle School but only read the compilation books during the fall months. Must be something about reading in the yellow early evening light that makes me nostalgic!
Out-And-About'ing': in the neighborhood wearing my old galoshes. Even though my hiking plans got canceled, the great outdoors still call for me to visit. An hour long stroll will take me past the river and down a few new streets that should yield not only some great photos but also a few fun things for my fall 'found' collection. There is something about walking in the rain, kicking up wet leaves, smelling the clean air and noticing all the great colors - red, yellow, orange and a thousand different greens - that surround you that just lifts the spirits, eh?
Artsy Fartsy'ing': at the Georgia Museum Of Art. I mean, a cuppa tea and a comfy cardigan to ward off the chill and then some visual/cerebral stimulation? What could be better this time of year?
Planning: my porch decor. I've got some spare time, a stack of old Garden And Gun (weird, I know but this magazine has some really interesting reads!) and Southern Living magazines, a very small budget and a few basic ideas about what I want to plant/put on the front porch. Gourds are a go and I always have some straw bales but I want to out-do my leaf and burlap garland project of last year. Hmmmm...
Whew! So little time and so many ideas/projects/adventures to get underway. Guess I better get going!
Do you have any special things that you do on a rainy fall day?