Fall Apple Picking (like you do.)

Couple of weeks ago, back in October, we needed an outdoor activity so it seemed only fitting that we head to an orchard.

It was the last perfect weekend, with weather warm enough for tees and jeans. The apples were Jonagolds and delicious. 

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I think we each ate four apples each and left with slight stomach aches. 

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Those apples are all peeled and cut in the freezer waiting to be turned into apple crisp for this winter. They're like little treasures from a beautiful day stored up for a cold day.

Small Joys: XI

Gathering up things that brought joy this week and taking a moment to be grateful.

My rule for November has been to say "no" to just about everything. It took us until October to wrap up all the visits and commitments that we wanted to fit into the summer. So right now we've started saying no to new things on our calendar. It's rather freeing. November also happens to be Dave's busiest season for the business, so we've had to defend what time he does have at home to give him some time to recover from how hard he works during the week. We just need time at home.

There is so much to be grateful for, these are just a few things that have stood out to me recently:

-- New bed. When Dave and I got married we didn't get a new bed. Instead we crammed ourselves into my full size and made do for a year and a half. It wasn't terrible, but we started waking up with allergies and soreness. After a month long research process looking into what sort of mattress we wanted, we ended up settling on a natural latex one. And we got it in king. It's been amazing. No sniffles and sneezes in the morning, no waking up with crinks and so much room to spread out.

-- Sunny Days. We had one dreary day this week and it reminded me how hard it is to wake up in the cold months when the sun never comes out. It's made me grateful for every day the sun DOES shine.

-- Coffee. It's becoming a Gilmore Girl level obsession. I look forward to going to bed because I know coffee comes in the morning.

-- The big oak tree outside my office window. It's turned from green to yellow and now it's the most delicious toasted brown.

-- Predesigned Christmas Cards. In my perfectionism I had ambitions to design a custom Christmas card. I finally admitted to myself that was too much and there are 100s of designs out there will do just fine. Now to pick one!

-- Finally figuring out how to put together a Hasi & Co. newsletter. I'd love it if you'd subscribe HERE. :) 

Small Joys: X

Gathering up things that brought joy this week and taking a moment to be grateful.

-- medicine // This week started out rough. I'd been battling a cold for weeks and was at a breaking point. I'd been doing all the things you're supposed to when sick (vitamins, tea, sleep, etc) and nothing seemed to help. On Wednesday it got so bad that I was convulsively sneezing and my entire face was leaking various nasty stuff and itching like crazy. I saw by chance an Instagram post where someone was talking about their seasonal allergies and I thought "maybe that's what I have?" Sure enough a quick google confirmed that my symptoms were much more aligned with allergies than a cold. I've never had them this bad and just assumed: fall = colds. Silly me! I picked up allergy meds after work, and have only sneezed once since then. I'm hitting myself for not figuring all this out earlier, but I'm so so so grateful that I can function again.

-- surprises // I opened our mailbox yesterday to find a package from my sister in law. She'd included a cute notebook and encouraging note. It was just what I needed.

-- fall // the leaves around here have been drop dead gorgeous. literally. (sorry :) )

-- weekend plans // we're headed to visit our grandparents this weekend and their home is such a retreat for us. It'll be so lovely to drive through the changing colors and take some time to slow down. We've found many time a low key weekend away from home is more restful than being at home where our projects and work constantly beckon. 

With that, I hope you have a lovely weekend.  Happy Friday.

The Best Kind of Day

This past weekend we celebrated Dave's birthday with some classic fall fun. October birthdays have to be the best. There are just so many fun and special activities to do: orchards, bonfires, pumpkins, corn mazes, apples, etc. Any of those make such good birthday celebrations. 

Dave is a guy who prefers low-key celebrations and doesn't like a big fuss made about him. Knowing this I planned to surprise him with a few of his best friends, good food, and simple activities. We started Saturday off with a brunch and apple donut cake. There are few things as good as lingering at a table with good conversation.

One of our favorite things to do this summer has been heading out to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. So we included our guests in this ritual. It's been so fun to see the market produce change with the seasons. This time of year, there was an abundance of late season veggies and many pumpkins.

We left with a good load of pumpkins and gourds. The sun and crisp air had us all in cheery moods. Everything became a joke and it was hard to stop smiling.

We weren't ready to go home yet after the market and made a quick decision to stop by our local orchard. It was their annual Apple Butter Day. We didn't quite know what to expect and ended up extremely happy we'd stopped by.

They had a huge cauldron of apples on a fire. We were there long enough to see the apples become mush and even helped stir the pot a bit. Someone had to constantly be stirring to keep the apples from sticking to the copper.

We finished the day with some cornhole at home and our favorite skillet pizza. It was the sort of day that had just enough activity to stay interesting and refreshing. By the end we were feeling filled up and satisfied, not exhausted. I don't think I could have planned a better time if I had tried to micromanage everything. It ended up being just right the way it was.

Happy Birthday, Dave. So glad we got to celebrate you for a whole weekend. 

Hello Fall

Things around home feel very autumnal this week. The last 2 weeks we spent enjoying the Icelandic fall, so coming home it's still warmer and not nearly as colorful, but it's fun to get to jump in at the beginning of sweater weather after the preview we had while abroad.

On the first day of fall last week, we found ourselves with a free morning and no particular sight seeing or activities planned. We ended up finding a little scenic area off the beaten path enough that we were the only ones exploring it, other than the sheep. The birch trees all around were bright yellow and the ground cover had turned orange and red. 

The woods and hills were still. We chatted a bit, but mostly walked along marveling at the beauty and enjoying the peace. 

It's fortunate fall is such an enjoyable time, because it signals the end of so many other good things. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our Icelandic autumn hike and a few thoughts I have at the beginning of a new season.

A little playlist for a blustery afternoon filled with coffee and quiet thoughts. I find myself enjoying a peculiar mix of melancholy and romance, which this playlist tries to capture.

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
— Henry David Thoreau

Autumn Bucket List:

  • Learn how to make a mean homemade latte, preferably a flat white

  • Organize and process the 3000 pictures and hours of video footage we took in Iceland

  • Start a bullet journal

  • Sort/purge my supplies and redo the floor in my studio/office

  • Work on christmas gifts early

  • Host a bonfire or two

  • Plan and order our christmas card

  • Roast lots of veggies

  • Eat plenty of donuts with hot cider

P.S. If you were curious about how my summer goals turned out, here you go:

  • video // I created a few short videos and became comfortable enough that I feel confident I can 
  • herb garden // Success! We enjoyed fresh pesto on our pasta, mint in our drinks, plus chives, parsley and rosemary. Only the cilantro was a slight failure.
  • Leelanau // Times 2. I got up there twice and both trips were lovely. (one & two)
  • Hudson // erm. Well, he's perfectly function and we used him 3 times this summer. Unfortunately my steam ran out a bit. But I'm hoping we use him a bit more this fall and that I'll find some more motivation to finish him before next season.
  • road trip plan // Done and done. It ended up working out perfectly and I'm so glad I did all the research before we were on the road in Iceland
  • skin care regime // This is still a work in progress. There were weeks this summer that I felt like I had the prettiest complexion of my life and a couple that were terrible. Right now I just need to get back on track, because camping for 10 days in a camper van threw my routine off.
  • studio // A month ago I would have said this was done. Then we redid our bedroom and the studio became the overflow room for sorting and storage. Right now it's a disaster zone, but hopefully not long term.