The first day the kids are back in school it’s fall. I don’t care what the calendar says.  The shadows are longer, the streets are quieter and I’m hankering for anything made with cream, cheese and potatoes.  Every season is my favourite season when I’m at the start of it.  So hello fall … you’re my favourite.

Chili con carne recipe


30 Things To Do To Get Ready for Fall
  1. Clean the gutters.
  2. Wash the windows inside and out.
  3. Order Firewood.
  4. Clean Chimney
  5. Make a batch of chili.
  6. Buy spicy scented candles. Pumpkin spice, apple spice, smoky spice, you know … any of the spices.
  7. Replace or clean furnace filter.
  8. Haul out the blankets for the couch.
  9. Check foundation for places mice can get in.
  10. Lumber. Jack. Plaid.
  11. Replace beer in fridge with whiskey in liquor cabinet.
  12. Put outdoor cushions away before they get rained on one day then freeze in place the next.
  13. Make a list of the indoor jobs you want to get done before spring.  Like binge watching Downton Abbey.  Again.
  14. Good bye ferns, hello mums.
  15. Pull out the big, fluffy duvet.
  16. Surround every inch around your house with yard bags and watch as the leaves fall right into them.
  17. Throw away your razors.
  18. Sign up for a fall class.  I’m leaning towards yodelling.
  19. Wanna be the hit of the street for Halloween?  You’d better start figuring that shit out now.
  20. You’re gaining weight so make one final batch of ice cream, then move onto the more fall appropriate Chocolate Lava Cakes.
  21. Throw away those 3 dead plants you bought in the spring and never planted.
  22. Can, can, can.  Tomatoes, peaches, chili sauce, hot peppers, pickles.
  23. Ask an elderly or single neighbour if they need help with anything.
  24. Kids preventing you from getting stuff done?  Send them out to play and tell them not to come home until they have at least one bruise.
  25. Clean out your fridge to make room for the winter cheeses.
  26. Buy a puzzle.
  27. Cozy up your porch or front door.
  28. Read all of the classic Charlie Brown football cartoons.
  29. Haul out the flannel pajamas that have been in hiding for 4 months and now smell like drawer.
  30. Pumpkin. Spice. Latte.

Have a good weekend! And may I suggest you start with the chili and lava cakes?



  1. Robert says:

    “or single neighbour if they need help with anything.”??? Karen! 😏

  2. Kate says:

    Made your Pumpkin Spice Latte mixture yesterday, I’m all ready for Fall!

  3. Valerie says:

    Add to list:
    * re:# 9 – acquire coarse steel wool for this project or expanding insulating foam
    * take up mats at outside doorways so they aren’t solidified and frozen in place
    * watch for snow tire sales/replace worn wind shield wipers front and back
    * make blackberry jam as they are coming into season
    * if you live rurally and have lots of apple trees that attract bears take your pitching wedge out and drive the apples away from your house into the wild blue yonder
    * plant lots of bulbs/collect poppy seeds and rebroadcast these in a month for next year bloom

  4. TucsonPatty says:

    I’m just binge watching anything to stay out of the stinking heat! The kids are back in school, but it is still summer here! Yeesh. I’m just glad I’m not having to do a majot remodeling job in the tropical heat and moldy humidity of Houston or Florida! I have first world problems and I know it. Cheers to chili!

  5. Phylicia Mann says:

    Yes I will be starting with chili and lava cake…then washing the windows and ….wait what???? I have no fireplace in my house?????first time in ten years and I JUST noticed…😩
    Ok….well I guess that strikes a few things off my list.

  6. Tina says:

    This is my first fall without a secondary, large freezer. I’m surviving on only the freezer attached to my fridge. It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen but still not enough. But it was rainy and cold tonight so I made steak and barley soup with garlic bread. Yum!

  7. chloe crofton says:

    …a lot of your suggestions I need to do, here are a few more I plan to do
    repair poultry pen so you don’t have to bend wire when your hands are too cold and gloves only make the job harder
    prepare or try to plan for impending branches that may fall from autumn storms by trimming those near any roof- shed, house, coop etc
    look at the garden hose every time you walk past it sprawled all over the yard and remind yourself to pack it up soon before it freezes- there will be a first time!
    make lots of plans to eat healthy this season with full meal plans, recipes and commendable ingredients in your pantry, then reward yourself with a twix or a snickers or even a kit kat for making all the lists:)
    fix car while you can, before the icy driveway will make it a circus performance to go under it I will not personally be doing this but will be watching and helping and its always worse for me as standing still being actively helpful while doing nothing gets you cold fast,
    look at the snow shovels and fix the broken ones, understand that snow will come and there is nothing you can do but cry or stay in bed, you don’t need to shovel if you asleep right?
    throw a ball in the air in slow motion then catch it while it is still warm enough outside and you can pretend it is still spring or mid summer
    try and get excited for the caffeine boost required at several intervals in the day especially in the fall winter days, even though you gave up creamer last week and you meant it
    gaze at the one of many calenders you have laying around in sheer disbelief another summer is waning and soon it will Christmas and the New Year
    attempt to get into a fall and winter mindset of being focused and an active and motivated indoor person- by doing absolutely nothing of significance all day then feeling immense guilt and rushing to get chores and errands done when it is already dark and everywhere is shut
    keep checking email for the next art of doing stuff post to give extra positive pep ups through the next forever months!

  8. MrsChrisSA says:

    Sorry to you all………………….here it is spring and I am over the moon happy she has arrived.
    I am so not a winter person – leaving home in the dark, coming home in the dark…all makes my mood dark for the winter months!!

    On the other hand, chores include lots of spring cleaning and refreshing!!!

  9. Marna says:

    Cool! I did about 10 of the things you listed! Even though in Texas it is still close to or in the 90s. At least I am not in the south where clean up is still taking place, poor Florida and islands are getting it now.

    • Karen says:

      Yikes! I’ve been thinking about my Texas readers and how many of them have been affected. And I’m constantly thinking about the Floridians. At least it seems like they’re getting a way better heads up to get OUT. 🙁 ~ karen!

      • In FL I think we are all affected. We are staying at my husband’s office 30 ft above sea level. Pitching a tent inside for the grands. Our home is on the water. I am not motivated to clean today. I have hurricane headache. Yuck.
        I hope everyone stays safe!

  10. Carrie says:

    Karen, I am shocked! A house isn’t a home unless it contains beer and whiskey! I mean who doesn’t like a whiskey chaser?? Lol 🍺🍺

    Ya know, I think I’ll throw caution to the wind and toss my razors,though i may be divorced or sleeping alone. (Another reason for the whiskey😳)

    Also great minds think alike. Yesterday I was thinking about making slow cooker pumpkin chili. Definite sign of fall! Not a fan of the season, hate the idea of saying goodbye to my pool but I live in NY so……
    Let us know how the yodeling goes! I think you’ll be great!👍👍
    Have a great weekend😀

  11. Sandra Lea says:

    I’m off to a good start, I’ve already completed # 26.

  12. susan says:

    Give the lawn one final cut and put gas stabilizer in both lawnmowers. The rains are finally coming and it’s still hot so the grass will need to be cut right up until Christmas. (It’s been so hot and sunny here in PEI all summer I think I only had to cut it 3 times!) Run out of gas, get more, give the lawn one final cut and put gas stabilizer in both mowers. Repeat.
    The chili is made and in the freezer but the leaves don’t seem to fall off the trees into my gutters until it’s cold enough to make it truly miserable trying to scoop them out.

  13. Fonda says:

    Keep the bird feeders filled, even the hummingbird feeder until you finally noticed they’ve moved further south, then retire it until spring.

  14. leisa says:

    Excellent List!

  15. danni says:

    Throw away razor made me laugh. My husband would beg me in the winter months to either keep my legs shaved or let it grow out and leave it alone! In my younger days I had very aggressive stubble!

  16. Christie Cokely says:

    Those are all so brutally true and I love them all! Happy Fall!

  17. Jenifer says:

    Also, put away hammock…only used twice this summer and start regimen of antidepressants to get through the winter.

  18. Jenny says:

    This reminds me that I need to switch out my summery yellow wreath on the front door for my burlap and fall foliage wreath!

  19. Julie says:

    Smells like drawer.
    I thought I was the only one who ever noticed that about the seasonal clothes change over.

  20. Jenni says:

    Thanks. That was funny. And motivating.

  21. LINDSAY CUDINI says:

    I love your comment about throwing away the razors!!!!!!!!!

    I also can throw away plants I bought in May/June that I didn’t plant, glad I am not the only one!

  22. Mary W says:

    Your chili looks like a porn queen with softly lit background, enticing! I have always wanted to learn to yodel – we even have a plastic yodeling pickle that we play when things are really intense and we need to it break up. You missed one fall duty that we in Florida appear to have become too well practiced at doing. I’m packing everything up in plastic garbage bags to lay in the floor, putting the most valuable (to me) things in plastic in my car, collecting medical records for me and the animals, and drinking my last cup before I commence again this morning with these duties. I hope to read you again very soon but planning on no electricity for a number of days. There is no gas, water or bread, the highway through town is bumper to bumper as lower FL drives through and I’m tired already. Wishing everyone well and thanks to all the people that will be doing way beyond work at the shelters where I will be headed.

  23. Sabina Missana says:

    But I’m still waiting for summer to start!!!

  24. Patti Kears says:

    Thank you God….I am not the only one who has to complete # 21.

  25. Kathy says:

    Never would have thought to set out the bags to capture leaves. There’s a product called Bag Buddy. It’s a folding frame to support large trash bags. I have some shrubby things in two rows just far enough apart I have to clean between them. But could I line up bag buddies in there? I just may well try. I’m not the last house on the block but I am where the wind decides it can’t carry these damn leaves another foot. Love a good list.

  26. Pam B says:

    Hiya Karen!!! I am soooooo in favor of #23. I am a single, elderly neighbor, so come on down and help me out. Been minimalizing this year, and am too tired to do any fall stuffs. LOL Thanks for the list and the grins. Have a great weekend. Hugs!!!

  27. Jody says:

    Reading this great list while cozily wrapped in a hoodie and quilt on the front porch. Also contemplating list of crafts to get done before spring planting

  28. Alena says:

    I am not even done yet with the summer chores (like those plants that I bought and never planted) but at least I just finished edging my yard (not sure if edging is the proper word – the front yard is sloping down to the sidewalk and it is covered with assorted groundcover which always pours over onto the sidewalk and before each winter, I have to hack away half a foot of it with my ice chopper tool.

    Unlike you, I loved the spring but summer did, indeed, suck big time. No rain for 4 months – I am sick of that. Why could not we get 4″ of the Harvey rain.
    I have a friend in Florida but she safely made it to North Carolina so I am relieved. But I think of all Floridians – I had goosebumps when I listened to Irma coverage on Anderson Cooper last night.

    • Karen says:

      Anderson does that to me all the time. But yes, it’s terrifying. I really do hope everyone in Florida knows all of Canada is thinking of them and hoping they evacuate when they’re told to evacuate. (who are these people who say … Nah. Apocolyptic Hurricane? I’m gonna stick it out with my toddler and newborn.) I understand there’s always the thought that it won’t be that bad. But what happens when it is?? O.K. not sure why I laid this all on you, lol. ~ karen!

  29. I believe it is only fair to add to this marvy list ~ chili is the perfect accompaniment to a binge-watch of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. A perfectly sumptuous combination.

  30. Meg says:

    I love this list! I’m so excited for fall this year, as I’ve moved back from Los Angeles to New England. Holy crap I’m going to make apple pies and step on crunchy leaves and curl up inside in plaid flannel shirts.

  31. ElenG says:

    You are LOL funny, Karen. I forgot to hit send the first time. Hee!

  32. Dale R Lacina says:

    Harvesting Concord grapes from a 40 foot set of vines that overachieved this year. I have already made 20 pints of grape jelly. Am setting up to do 50 pounds of grapes into a 5 gallon batch of Concord wine. I will need ideas or recipes of what to do next with the remaining half of the grapes on the vine.
    Any offers will be accepted.

  33. Dale R Lacina says:

    Sounds good. I’ll have a freezer full of grapes that I cannot process now. Hopefully it has an easy way to deal with the seeds in my concords.

  34. Benjamin says:

    Combine #6 and #23… Buy spice scented candles and take one over to your neighbor.

  35. Lisa G. says:

    Empty the rain barrels so they don’t freeze and crack.

  36. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Great Autumn ideas Karen!…I could use a bit of help…I’m elderly you know…and single too!

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