Well, not technically fall yet, but it suddenly is and feels like September.
Maybe it's the unseasonably cool last couple of days we've had, or the merchandise changes in all my favorite stores. One way or another, it's time to think about trading in the flip flops, iced teas and trips to the farmer's market for long sleeves, cider and football. (Not to mention the fall lineup of our favorite shows – only three weeks until Grey's and the Office – not that we're counting!) 🙂
I am first and foremost a summer kind of gal, but I do have a special place for fall. I love the colors, the smells, and the anticipation of holidays just around the corner. I find that I have to focus very hard on loving fall so I can forget that blustery winter and bitter cold are sure to follow once the leaves have fallen.
We have decided to stay put on 88th Street for another six months. We didn't find anything we loved while looking around, and in the end, we decided we just weren't up for the hassle of moving right now. It will be a great endeavor for the month of March where there is little else to do.
That said, I've let myself dive in and start decorating our current home for the changing seasons. I was going to just skip that part this year in anticipation of packing everything up, but it will be nice to just relax and take in the new season without any major stresses.
This time last year, we were doing bachelor and bachelorette parties, settling into West Des Moines life, changing jobs, planning last minute wedding details, and taking a honeymoon. It was a fun and exciting time, but I am thoroughly enjoying the slower, more predictable pace we have going this year. The two words that keep coming to mind are settled and content…good things to be.
I have a little extra motivation for getting all the "house things" done that I want, accomplished. I've wanted to start a book club for a long time, and finally jumped in and got a group together! We'll be meeting monthly for wine, food, and lots of chatting and since it was my suggestion, I figured I should offer to host first. We'll be starting in October, so that gives me a few solid weeks to get some things done around here before we all get together. At the top of my list: swap out summer to fall dÃ©cor, find a new floor lamp, and put up window treatments.
Here's to fall decorating! 🙂