The Song of My Soul

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When All Leaves Fall + To-do List
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Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul . . .
— Peggy Toney Horton

There's autumn here, touching my piece of prairie, but I've been feeling it for days beforehand.

This inconsolable ache, right here in the center of me, is reaching out and pulling toward something calling it away. It always happens now, right now, when the edges of the noon day sun are laced with a cool and lingering wind, waiting on the moment when night and day are joined and equal, when you see the rain coming, when you feel the twisting equinox beginning to pass, and you know in a moment, a single, solitary moment, the world will change. 

The First Day of Autumn was a cloudy, cool morning that warmed to the best kind of day. And I missed my deadline again to enjoy it.

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I'm not sure why, but for some reason the thought grabbed hold of me to write out a list of things to do this autumn. And to my surprise there came fifty of them. They're mostly special to me, things only I could really do within the comfort of my home, that don't really require very much effort, or many things to buy or scrounge. 

It's really for the quiet hearts, the country people, the home-bodies, but for anyone who loves autumn.

You can do them alone or with your person.

The bolded ones require some forethought or planning or something to buy, but the others are just some simple things you can do spontaneously, whenever the thought catches you!

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.
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  • MAKE HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
  • LIGHT A CINNAMON CANDLE
  • PICK APPLES
  • PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE SWEATER
  • WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SCARF
  • WALK IN THE LEAVES
  • BAKE PUMPKIN BREAD
  • SIP APPLE CIDER
  • WEAR DARK NAIL POLISH
  • SPLASH IN PUDDLES
  • ENJOY HOMEMADE PIE
  • CURL UP IN SOME BLANKETS
  • TAKE A MORNING WALK
  • STAY WARM IN A COZY CARDIGAN
  • DECORATE YOUR FRONT DOOR OR STOOP
  • MAKE YUMMY CROCKPOT STEW
  • JUMP IN A PILE OF LEAVES
  • READ BY THE FIRE
  • MAKE CARAMEL APPLES
  • SHOP FOR NEW FALL CLOTHES
  • BREATHE THE SCENT OF FIREWOOD
  • TAKE AN EVENING WALK WITH YOUR DOG
  • TAKE PICTURES OF FALL
  • EAT SOME CHOCOLATE
  • READ OUTSIDE
  • MAKE A THANKFUL LIST
  • KNIT/CROCHET AN AUTUMN SCARF
  • GO THROUGH SUMMER CLOTHES
  • DIY FLEECE BLANKET
  • WATCH A FALL MOVIE
  • LIGHT ANY CANDLE
  • MAKE CHILI
  • MAKE APPLE MUFFINS
  • MAKE HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE
  • CHOP WOOD
  • RAKE LEAVES
  • NO PHONE/COMPUTER DAY - JUST ENJOY FALL
  • MAKE CINNAMON LEAF ORNAMENTS
  • MAKE FRONT WALK LIGHTS FOR AUTUMN - BRANCHES LEAVES ETC.
  • MAKE A THANKFUL TREE FROM BRANCH
  • MAKE A CLOVE ORANGE
  • MAKE A BIRDSEED ORNAMENT FEEDER
  • GET LOST DOWN A COUNTRY ROAD
  • WATCH A SUNRISE
  • GO ON A BREAKFAST PICNIC
  • BUILD A BONFIRE
  • WATCH THE GEESE FLY SOUTH
  • WRITE A POEM
  • PAINT AN AUTUMN PICTURE
  • BUILD A SWING

It's nearly a week since the first day of autumn, but it's never too late to begin.

I don't know if I'll get them all done, but I want intention, I want meaning, and I want life. And I'm going in search of adventure.

Love, Kayla
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