Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter

The last three months of the year are my favorite. I love colorful trees and cool weather, I love fall fashion (a.k.a. jeans and a sweatshirt) and fall foods, and I love how seamlessly fall becomes winter- November flurries, Christmas lights suddenly appear on the neighbors’ houses, leaves in the streets become drifts of snow. Also, does anyone else love a blue dusk? I know summer and fall have the prettiest sunsets, but I just LOVE how the sky turns blue at the end of a winter day!

In September I made two separate posts for my Fall Goals and my Fall Bucket List. Apparently this was my ‘get it done’ season because I most certainly did. With the first day of winter a week away and Sara & Steph‘s link-up on Friday, here’s a recap of my fall season + some goals for winter.

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The FALL Bucket List

  • Go to a local apple orchard & bring home a bushel small bag of apples
    Thanks to my mother- & sister-in-laws for going with me!
  • Get all the fall decor out & around the house
    And now we’re on to Christmas decor!
  • Visit a few fall craft shows (preferably with Mom)
    Mom & I went to one little festival, but technically it’s a CHECK
  • Pick out some bright orange pumpkins
  • Carve said pumpkins (preferably with Fred & Christina)
    I carved them alone, but that’s ok
  • Drink lots of apple cider
  • Get a PSLย DONEย ๐Ÿ˜‰ I checked this off at the start… ha
  • Host our annual Halloween Party
    It was a 90s theme and it was a success!
  • Take the dogs to a local park or nature trail for hikes
    Ly and I went hiking- it was too chilly/long for Enzo
  • Visit a haunted house
  • Bake a few new fall cookie
    (No, but I failed HARD with these… Ha!)

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  • Fall vacation with the husband
    Charlotte and Myrtle Beach
  • Add a few classy, seasonal pieces to my wardrobe
    Thank you, Old Navy

  • Watchย Itโ€™s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Create & enjoy a fire pit area in our yard
    We created it… ‘enjoying’ it is a different story…

and now…

The FALL Goals

  • Paint the front door (Iโ€™m bloody determined to make this happen.) | YES. Done!

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  • Keep with the #30DayYogaChallenge that I signed up for | I went 13 or 14 days straight, then I got sick and fell off the wagon *sigh*
  • After the challenge is over continue to practice yoga weekly | Nah.
  • Continue volunteering weekly | Try bi-weekly…
  • Order 3 year photos for scrapbook
  • Get invites out for Halloween Party
  • Walk/bike to work at least twice a week | Not twice a week, but I walked to work occasionally.
  • Create a fire pit area in the backyard | Ok, so we upgraded the backyard and added a concrete pad & fire pit area, but our neighbor straight-up lost his mind and went passive aggressive psycho on us. As in, called the fire dept. (911!) to report our small, legal, backyard fire. Like, walk your ass over and talk to us like an adult, dude. It’s been a headache, and I’m leaving out a ton of detail, but things seem to be resolved and we’ve had fires in our backyard since. (Seriously, though. People are insane sometimes. )
  • Get all the pieces of my Halloween costume together BEFORE the week of the party | Ha. No. We rush ordered my costume. But whatever, we looked fly.

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  • One crockpot meal a week (**buy crockpot liners!) | At least I bought some liners…
  • Hardcore wash the dog beds & blankets | Multiple times, in fact
  • Wait until the end of Nov. to break out Christmas stuff | I lasted until mid-ish November…
  • Get X-mas shopping done! | Most of it!

I did OK with the goals. I straight up killed the bucket list. Thank you to everyone that helped! (After reading the goals results I feel like I should post about our exterior home improvements. Is that of interest to anyone?)

OK, on to some Winter Goals

  • Make a meal planning journal and, like, actually do it
  • Wash all window treatments & cushion slips
  • Write thank you notes for Christmas gifts
  • Get Lylee on a walk schedule again
  • Clean the junk out of the basement
  • Hire someone to come in and clean the carpets

Keeping it short and sweet this season!

 

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Linking up with Sara & Steph for Winter Goals!

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39 thoughts on “Goodbye Fall… Hello Winter

    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you! I think my family members love fall just as much as I do so they were super encouraging to get out and go do stuff!

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  1. Stephanie December 14, 2016 / 9:18 am

    You checked off almost everything, nicely done! So crazy about your neighbor, what a nut job. Thankfully we have cool neighbors. We’re not like super friendly with them or anything, but both sides have teens/pre-teens and dogs, so our dog and parties (and potential fires, we want a fire pit too) don’t bother them because we all put up with the same noises from each other and it’s not a daily occurrence.

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      We’ve had neighbor woes since we arrived, but this was the first tiff with that neighbor. It totally caught us off guard. We’ve pretty much given them the cold shoulder since… I can’t say we’re going to warm up any time soon… UGH.

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  2. Elyse December 14, 2016 / 9:43 am

    That’s awesome how much you accomplished this fall! Hope you can keep it up!

    I definitely did not accomplish as much as I wanted…sigh….Hoping the new year brings a renewed sense of wanting to not just be a sloth.

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks, Elyse. It was pretty unusual for me.

      To be honest, writing the list out and keeping it with my planner/by my desk helped immensely. Just having it on my blog doesn’t do enough to remind me.

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  3. Sarah Elizabeth December 14, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I’m so impressed by how much you were able to cross of your list! We need to get Mavis on a walk schedule too – right now it’s very sporadic! I need to be better about actually following the meal plan I create – I work so hard putting it together and grocery shopping, just for us to make something different because what we planned doesn’t sound quite as good as whatever idea popped in our heads that day…

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      We don’t really clip Ly’s nails so the daily walks kept them filed down nicely. Now they’re unruly dinosaur claws so I’m desperate to get back on schedule to avoid sedation/muzzling/WWIII with her and nail clippers. Ha.

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      • Sarah Elizabeth December 16, 2016 / 8:39 pm

        Oh I can imagine! When Mavis goes to daycare (she goes once a week on our long work days) they trim or file all dogs who need their nails done – it’s so nice they offer that! & Mavis is always so patient with us poking at her anyways… she’s the most zen dog that way ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. simplyalexandra12 December 14, 2016 / 11:48 am

    YOU CRUSHED YOUR FALL GOALS! OMG! Way to go. The door looks awesome, and I love the fox mat! You did so many festive things.. and hey, I always say any progress is progress! hahahah ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved all of your Halloween stuff! Neighbors are so silly, glad you got it mostly figured out… good luck with all the winter goals! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad that you do thank you notes! Almost no one does anymore! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you! The fox mat was a spontaneous purchase at Target. (I mean…. what Target purchase ISN’T technically spontaneous, ha…) I want to paint white trim around the windows on the door, but I’ll wait until spring ๐Ÿ™‚
      The neighbor thing was SO FRUSTRATING. We confronted them that night and the guy was like, “Well I just didn’t want any conflict.” Um…… YOU CALLED 911 ON US!
      My mom would hunt me down if I didn’t send thank you notes. Haha!

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  5. Rebecca Jo December 14, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Those cookies!!! I had to chuckle. Nothing hardly ever comes out as good as Pinterest pics.

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      I laugh so hard every time I see Pinterest fails. I’m just glad I could add to the gallery. Ha!

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  6. Mattie December 14, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Omg, on my drive in to work this morning the sky was this amazing deep blue and I just wanted it to stay that way forever!!! Sooo pretty! Also your front door looks awesome, your neighbor is a psycho, annnnd the cookie fail is so funny! I am 100% sure mine would come out worse!!! Hahaha.

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad someone else gets what I mean about the blue sky. I just love it!!

      Crazy ass neighbors… Ugh. Ha.

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  7. lifeasunusuals December 14, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Damn, you kicked arse with all those goals and bucket list items. I’m awful at things like that, so I never make lists. I always prefer to do what I fancy in the moment and I’m not very good at being “seasonal” either so that probably doesn’t help.

    Good luck with your December/Winter goals!

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    • Louise December 16, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks! For the first time I wrote down my list and kept it at my desk/with my planner. I think that’s what helped me check stuff off! Haha.

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  8. SMD @ Life According to Steph December 14, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I think you did great! I crashed and burned at the fall goals. I didn’t really factor into how much I would not be at home this past season. I need to do that going forward.

    I’m keeping it simple this winter too – basic goal is to get out of the house. I have a tendency to hole up in the winter and I don’t want to do that this year.

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Fall and spring are pretty slow times for us. I swear winter and summer FLY by. I also wrote down my bucket list and kept it near my desk/planner. I think that really helped.
      Winter goals are SUPER simple, but I’m planning to make some 2017 goals/resolutions, too, I think.

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  9. Olya @ The Siberian American December 14, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Woo, you did so great on your fall goals! ๐Ÿ™‚ I added some nice pieces from Old Navy too! They are really killing it this season.

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      We have some big changes happen in our life at the beginning of 2017 and they’re going to call for new clothes (not pregnant), so I already have my cart all filled on ON’s website! Hahaha! Hopefully I get some giftcards for the holidays!

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  10. A Mindful Migration (@MindfulMigrate) December 14, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Wow! You did fantastic against your goals. Errr … I’m really, really, REALLY bad about setting goals. And keeping them. I always have best intentions but then life. And lots and lots of laziness happens. ๐Ÿ˜€ And your cookies are why I sometimes hate Pinterest. Mine never turn out as nice either! LOL!

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you!
      It helped me to physical write them down and keep them in eyesight. I wouldn’t have made so much progress without the physical reminder!

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  11. Carly December 14, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I love your halloween costume– such a fun idea, I might keep in mind for the future if I ever dress up. I can’t believe your neighbor didn’t check with your guys about the fire in your backyard before calling the police! Amazing job on your goals and bucket list though! I like the sound of a meal planning journal for winter too- sounds like something I could probably benefit from!

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      The costume was all my husband’s idea. He usually comes up with some good ones… If only he’d do it more than 24 hours before the parties! Ha!
      THe neighbor thing was ridic. We were SO mad. Still are. Ugh.

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  12. Lindsay Latimer December 14, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    You killed it, girl! I cannot believe that about your neighbor! That is ridiculous! Some people just want to make everyone miserable… I need to get on a true meal planning schedule. I do great with breakfast and lunch, but fall off the wagon after work.

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Thank you!
      Yeah… the neighbor thing has/had us irate. They’re a 60-something year old couple, and we say hi to them when we see them (or we used to at least), and we’re very gracious neighbors. Like, we’re in our 20s with two dogs and plenty of friends- we could be SUCH obnoxious neighbors and we’re NOT. AH. The whole story is just as frustrating as the little blurb I typed. It has a lot of US making sacrifices to get them/him to shut up and leave us alone. Bleh. Good thing we know the fire chief… ha.

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  13. Confuzzled Bev December 15, 2016 / 5:43 am

    You did really well!

    I find the last two months of the year stressful! The pretty lights and things are nice, but I would like November and December a lot more if I wasn’t running around trying to get Christmas presents sorted, cards made and mailed, all while dealing with the end-of-year rush at work (apparently half our costumers will DIE if they have to wait until January for their translation?!)

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you!
      Sometimes I feel super stressed at the end of the year, too. Today I had a little fit because we’d waited until the last minute to get our tree and the pickings were slim, and then we got home and I couldn’t get a fire lit in the wood stove, and then our hot water tank started leaking. Haha….. So yeah, the holidays can be stressful. Ha!

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  14. Amanda Bumgarner December 15, 2016 / 9:15 am

    bahaha those cookies! lol. You really got a lot done! That is awesome. I like December because there are lights and Christmas music and people just in general seem happier ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      I did a part time retail job the last two Christmases and this is my first year with (almost) no work stress. It’s kind of nice! (Your comment about people seeming happier reminded me of my job those years. Some people were awesome. A small handful were terrible- ha!)

      The cookies picture cracks me up every time I see it. Haha!

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  15. everything with love December 15, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    You did so good! I love that you do seasonal lists and goals, that makes so much more sense to me than monthly.

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Erin! I would never achieve monthly goals. Haha. Half the time I don’t even remember I set goals until the end of the season and then I rush to get one or two of them done! Haha!

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  16. Sara December 16, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    You did a great job on your bucket list and your goals!! Love the front door!! Looking forward to knocking out the thank you notes early myself… And getting rid of junk is the most liberating!!

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    • Louise December 17, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks, Sara! I got my b-day thank you notes out late and felt SO TERRIBLE until they were finally in the mail. I know not everyone does it, but it’s a habit for me ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love our front door, too! Thank you!

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  17. Lauren Becker December 17, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    I think you did a great job on both the goals and the bucket list! I don’t really have winter goals, but I DO have a winter bucket list and I feel like I’m doing fairly well. I need to keep looking over it so I don’t forget things. Love the peanuts cartoon at the end! Too cute.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    • Louise December 20, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t make a winter bucket list just because winter always tends to fill up fast for me and it’s usually enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚ Fall FLIES so I thought having a bucket list would help me accomplish some fun things. Glad to hear yours is going well!

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  18. Jenny @ Unremarkable Files December 19, 2016 / 9:20 am

    I like the idea of having some seasonal goals. Weekly goals – ha, not gonna happen. Even monthly goals feel a little too ambitious for me. I’m going to think about this some more…

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    • Louise December 20, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Seasonal goals have worked well for me. I’d never complete weekly goals. I tend to forget about my yearly ones. Seasonal are just right!

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