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Good morning friends in blog land!

Since I was absent from the blogging scene for most of August, I decided to pick up where I left off for the month of September. Going into the autumn season, which just happens to be one of my favorites, I’ve decided to focus on fall-flavored things; Things being anything that reminds me of fall.

I’m thinking Rend Collective Experiment and Chris Tomlin for fall flavored worship music. I’m thinking instrumental offerings such as Jack Jezzro’s Harvest time cd and the Smoky Mountain music, maybe some folk 12-string by the Byrds.

If you are like us, or half the people in our neighborhood, you’ve probably already pulled out a fall flavored flag, autumn flower/leaves arrangements, fall kitchen hand towels, etc. And since it is September, I was thinking about fun activities to pass the time.

A few things I came up with:

  • Go through your movie library and find films that you would classify as ‘fall flicks.’  We are quick to call out Christmas movies, such as It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. But what about films that usher in the autumn season? What about films that remind you of red and yellow leaves, the smell of real logs burning in a fireplace, or the taste of homemade apple cider?
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  • When you find a few films that fit the bill, make a list of them – get some scrapbook paper and make a film menu. Then use the menu to pick a film to watch on cloudy days.
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  • Get a card table out and put a puzzle together (a card table is generally a great site to place in your living room or den and keeps your dinner table open for dinner!). Go to a store, such as Wal-Mart or Target that has puzzle sections. You can generally find a puzzle with a picture/painting that takes place in autumn. When you put the puzzle together make sure you have plenty of light so you don’t tire your eyes, but make sure the light doesn’t place a glare on the puzzle pieces. Note: If you don’t know where to start on a puzzle, especially 1000 piece puzzles, open the box and turn the puzzle box lid upside down beside the bottom. Go through all the puzzle pieces, transferring them to the box lid as you go, and pull out all the straight edge pieces. One you do that, put the straight edged pieces together – that will give you a ‘frame’ to work with. Another Note: perfect time to have a movie on in the background, or fall music, and possibly a fall snack in the kitchen.
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  • Go with a pal to a store that sells candles and smell all the autumn scents. Find one you like, buy it, and go home and get that house smelling like fall. Don’t forget to read the candle care/instructions. Some candles need the tip of the wick cut off before burning. If you go the candle tart or oil route, take care not to place the candle where it can be overturned etc. Let your friends know which candle you picked and get them to go see which candle they like best.
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  • Did anyone say baking? Baking is not something just for girls. Get a group of your friends together. Bake a cake or cookies, set a timer, and play a board game or a film in the background while you are waiting. Then, get out the cake decorating supplies. Try your hand at decorating the baked goods. Divide up into teams and challenge each team to come up with a creative design – maybe see which team can create the best iced flowers or leaves.
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  • Do you know how to play an instrument? Or do you know someone who does? Find an autumn tune and learn it. Your friends won’t care if you don’t play it perfectly. They’ll think it is cool you set your mind to learning it. YouTube is a great site for instructor videos to get you started.
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  • Did someone say apples? What about corn mazes? Or Pumpkins? Find out if there is an apple festival in your area. Or a corn maze. Plan a trip. Pack a lunch and pack your camera. Take pictures of the trip and then go to a photo department and print out the best/funniest pictures. Buy a 5 dollar photo album and stuff the pictures in it. Or you can blog with the pictures. But make sure you have permission from the peeps on your trip to put their pictures on the Internet. Not everyone wishes to have their pictures on the web and once there, it’s pretty permanent. So be kind (and rewind….I just had to add that last part. Lol. If you’ve never seen a VHS tape, just ignore it. *smile*).

What things do you like to plan for the fall? Tell us about them!

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