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I’m Back, and My Thoughts on Spooky Decor

Hello there! It’s been over two weeks since my last post and every day since the pressure of a really good come-back post increases. Well, sorry to disappoint, but this one’s going to be short and kind of pointless. Thank goodness I didn’t try to tackle the 31 days project. I would be drowning by now. :)

I LOVE this season. So much that I get weirdly sad before it even begins. Does that make sense to anyone else? I woke up on Monday in a panic that we’re in the third week of October: how did that happen?! I love springtime too, maybe as much, but feel fine breezing through those months because a gorgeous summer is approaching. But after this season and the holidays, WINTER is coming. I want to stop time and savor the beauty before the cold, dead winter hits.

But this time of year really is magical. The leaves, the layers, the festivals, the fairs, the pumpkins, the spices, the lattes. I’ll keep my fall love story to a minimum, since I’m sure you’ve already heard other people sing autumn’s praises by now, but yes — this month is beautiful and I love this season.

That said — can someone explain to me how you can decorate your house with spiders?! Curious arachnophobic minds want to know. It seems to be more in this year, but maybe that’s because I read more decorating blogs than I used to. I get the whole spooky Halloween decor thing — skeletons, ghosts, goblins (are they the same as ghosts?) and the like. It’s not my style, but I get it. However, I truly cannot fathom why anyone would willingly put spiders on a wreath that they walk past every time they walk into their house. Or buy a dishtowel with spiders and hang it from your oven. Or bite into a cupcake with an icing spider on top. Shudder. This time of year it’s hard enough managing the real spiders without adding fake ones in the mix.

Last night my friend posted this on Instagram:

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That is literally a nightmare I’ve had.

J told me this morning we should have our first frost this Friday. Is it diabolical of me to rejoice that all the spiders have a good chance of dying in the frost?

I really need to work on this fear thing. Maybe next year.

October Goals + Fall Bucket List

Oy! I’m feeling a little behind on my updates. I realized today I still have to share my August highlights, my August book club (how did I miss that?), now my September highlights plus a whole host of posts I have sitting in my drafts folder just waiting for me to finish. All good stuff, just need to get my act together to publish them. And I really wanted to join in The Nester’s 31 day series again this year (last year I did a series on financial freedom), there was no time for that this year, people. No time! (Well, let’s be honest, there’s always time, I just didn’t make it a priority.)

Anyway — no room for complaining on the first day of October! It’s fall! I love this month. It is already feeling like fall here with crisp, chilly mornings and gorgeous bold blue-sky afternoons. There are a lot of productive things I want to accomplish this month, plus a whole host of fun things I want to check off my fall bucket list.

October Goals:

– Make changes in my diet. I have been feeling generally “blah” lately, so I think I need to purge all processed foods and either go on a sugar fast or eat paleo for a while. I want to be healthy and in a right state of mind before the holidays arrive (can you believe we’re talking about holidays already?!).
– Run or bike at least three times a week.
– Make or buy curtains for the kitchen. Kitchen is pictured in this post – any ideas on colors or fabrics?
– Clean and organize our home office, including hanging things on the wall. (This is the first room you see when you walk in our house and right now it’s a disaster zone.)
– Continue to unpack and organize, specifically boxes that are in closets I have been ignoring the last few weeks.
– Create a cleaning schedule, and stick to it!
– Meal plan each week and try to only eat out twice, at the most.  
– Publish all those blog posts I’ve been meaning to share!

And now for the fun fall bucket list of things I want to do this season:

Fall Bucket List | My Pretty Pennies

What are you up to this month? Any seasonal goals you would add to that fall bucket list?

Fall Fashion Wish List

I love summer, but not so much late summer. My morning walks with Leia are darker, the bugs are big after months of feeding, and I am tired of air conditioning. A cold front came through yesterday and this morning it was a delicious 65 degrees. That’s unheard of in the middle of August!

This weather has made me long for cool, crisp autumn days ahead. Not winter, mind you, autumn. Let’s not rush into Cold so soon. But I long for those chilly Saturday mornings. The ones when you wake up and put socks on as you drink your coffee slowly and think of all the people preparing for a football game. And as the day goes on the sky turns that deep, rich blue you shed your chunky sweater and open your kitchen window and turn on Patty Griffin and spend the afternoon making an apple pie.

Yes, that. That’s what I long for.

In an effort to save some money, I haven’t bought a single thing since May (okay, except for one single dress that I plan to wear to a wedding in two weeks). It’s been a very creative summer trying to mix and match my limited summer decor. So I am extra excited about this new season of layers and the chance to maybe, just maybe, buy Something New.

Here are some of the cozy clothes I have on my wish list this year…

Fall Wishlist

scarf, sweater, bag, pants, books, loafers

Most of the things I picked out are pretty expensive, but maybe I can find similar styles at a lower price? Challenge accepted.

What is on your wish list this fall?

Summer Bucket List

I love summer. The beginning of it, especially. It’s sunny, delightfully warm, and all you want to do is spend every waking moment outside. I was in Florida this weekend for a wedding, and it was the perfect scene to inaugurate this happy season.

This is my fifth summer working in the big-girl world, and I always get a little jealous when my teacher or student friends get a three-month hiatus from work. So I like to put together summer bucket lists to give me little summer joys to experience and look forward to do on the evenings and weekends.

When I think about this summer, it’s hard not to compare it with last year. Last year we had one of J’s friends living with us for three months (more on that here and here and here), and this summer it will just be J and me, in a different apartment and with a little addition to our family. We don’t have any major trips planned, except for a week-long trip in September, but have lots of little weekend getaways and in-town events we want to attend.


What are the things on your summer bucket list?

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