I’ve determined that I am a beach bum. The beach is my happy place be it the height of summer or the dead of winter. There is something calming about the sound of the waves and sand between my toes. It is a place where I can “hear myself think”. Given the Zombie Apocalypse of 2020, I’m finding it to be my remote work refuge. A place to contemplate and work and, better yet, the view is amazing!
With the upcoming holiday, I am setting the week aside as vacation. It’s time for some pleasure reading, beach walking, and general out of office time. I’m packing the beach bag with goldfish for a snack, my kindle loaded with beach reads, my iPod with audiobooks and a playlist and I’ve ordered a case of sunscreen from Amazon.
2020 beach reading list (no reviews as I’m just set to start my reading binge)
- Feels Like Falling, Kristy Woodson Harvey
- Hello Summer, Mary Kay Andrews
- Chanel’s Rivera,Anne de Courcey
- Sex and Vanity, Kevin Kwan
- Drawing Home, Jamie Brenner
2020 audiobook playlist (no reviews as I’ve just started listening and walking)
- The Summer House, James Patterson
- The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel
- Firing Point, Tom Clancy
- Resistance Women, Jennifer Chiaverini
- All the Ways We Said Goodbye, Beatriz Williams
- True Evil, Greg Iles
Packing list for the beach bag
- Sunscreen – 30 and 50. My go to is Coola but I couldn’t find the unscented this year so I’m opting for Supergoop.
- Beach towel – I’m still using monogrammed bath sheets I ordered from Neiman’s years ago but I keep eyeing the ones from Weezie. I love their makeup towels.
- Tech – iPod, kindle and AirPod Pro (the pro are amazing at noise reduction. I highly recommend)
- Cooler with drinks and a spray bottle of Evian to cool you down
Yesterday I looked down at my calendar and saw the notation, “first day of autumn”. It’s been cool here in Virginia, somewhat unusually so for the beginning of September, but it also cues a sense of anticipation, of something new to come. I love the fall, but then again, I love winter, spring, and summer. The change of the seasons feels like a right of passage.
I enjoy fall for its crisp cool nights, change of leaves, the fall fruits and veggies like the squash and apples I find at the farmer’s market. What is more fun than a corn maze, mums on the front porch, or a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the height of leaf color? As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler there is a sense of an ending as is appropriate for fall and the approach of winter. The anticipation of spring will soon follow and start the cycle over again.
Growing up I heard stories of my grandmother changing the curtains and rugs for summer and then back again at the start of fall. Something of that rubbed off for me. I tend to “decorate” for Easter, fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, of course, Christmas. Nothing as elaborate as Christmas, but seasonal centerpieces for each holiday. So, this week I pulled out my velvet pumpkins for the dining room table. The geraniums I’d lovingly planted in containers on the front porch at the beginning of spring were on their last leg. It was time to freshen up the front door with mums for fall.
As I write this, I’m also making my “must do” list for the fall.
- Gather a group of friends and fin a corn maze to explore.
- Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and remember to bring my camera.
- Take 29 from Charlottesville to Lynchburg for a drive for leaves and fresh apples.
- Find a pumpkin patch and bring home fun pumpkins.
- Pull out my ceramic jack o’ lanterns for the front porch.
- Plan a movie night for all my favorite scares movies, calling John Carpenter!
- Football and tailgate Saturday, bonus points if I can arrange it for Kenan stadium.
- Cook up a pot of Brunswick stew.
- Change out my closet for warm clothes.
What is on your must do list for the fall?