My favourite time of year

Fall is my favourite season. I love September, when fall is just begining. There’s a little chill in the air and back to school excitment. October is the star of the season, with it’s bright colours, sunshine and falling leaves. November might be my favourite. I was born in November, so I’m a fall baby. I love rain and windy days. I like to have an excuse to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. If only I had a fireplace…

When I started posting monthly updates about the wonderful things in my life, I thought it would be hard to keep up. I surprised myself by not missing a month. Until now. The fall has been a busy, full, and happy time. I haven’t been posting much, so I’ve decided to do a what-made-me-happy-in-September-and-October post.

Treats from my patio garden.

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A new tin for my tea. I actually think I bought this in August, but it still makes me happy! 008

My friend Ichih’s very photogenic cat.

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Going to House of Paint.

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Apple picking!

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Babies and pumpkins.

Too big!

Baking apple everything!

Apple muffins.

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Apple maple scones.

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Apple and orange cookies.

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I am a messy cook.

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Going to the National Art Gallery with my students. I don’t particularly like this piece, but the kids were impressed.

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Reading Gone Girl. Messed up. Fantastic. Read it now!

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Early morning fall light.

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Picking pumpkins.

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Apple pie day! One of the best days of the year.

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I tried to do the photo a day challenge for October. I did four days, then my camera got weird and wouldn’t work. I figured it out after a couple of days, but by then I had lost interest! Here’s what I got.

Day 1: Something colourful

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Day 2: Light

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Day 3: Me today

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Day 4: In motion

bunny teapot

And that’s that for October photo a day!

Thanksgiving with my family in the woods.

Me and my momma. Everyday, I am more and more like her, for which I am thankful.

Finding treasures. What a great day this was!

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New (to me) teacups.

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Roasting pumpkins.

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Halloween!

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What made you happy this fall?

Summer days, drifting away

It’s starting to feel like fall. I love fall. I love sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. I love wearing skirts and boots with no thights. I love the colours of the leaves. I love the way the air smells and how it’s cool but not cold.

However, I also love summer and I wasn’t quite ready to let go! September is usually a slow transition from one to the other, but it feels like fall is here all of a sudden. I’m not quite ready to give up my sandals and summer dresses.

August was a great month for me. After my yoga-bubble month of July, it was nice to have some time to just hang out. I had no plans, I just kind of floated around from beach to cottage, from yoga class to drinks on a patio.

Doing yoga on a boat. Then falling out of fallen angel pose on a boat!

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Yay, I did it!

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More yoga poses!

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And finally just hanging out on the boat!

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Taking pictures by the lake. (This photo shoot did result in a pulled muscle that’s not completely healed, but the pictures are nice!)

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Yoga on Parliament hill.

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Going out for dinner one last time with my friend Julie before she went back to Abu Dhabi. (Also, I cut my hair!)

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More happy moments at the cottage.

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Enjoying the last little bit of summer on the very last day of August.

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Getting some treasures from my mom’s garden.

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I’ve already made potato-leek soup, apple crisp and apple sauce, a yellow bean casserole that was the most amazing bean dish I’ve ever eaten (not that hard since I didn’t think I liked beans until this summer), not to mention salads and juices!

I’ve had a great summer, so I guess I am ready for fall, hot chocolate, crunchy leaves and pumpkins!

Dusting off my yoga mat

When summer vacation started, I was so excited to do yoga whenever I wanted to! No worries about being busy or tired. I could wake up whenever I wanted, and just go to class. Any class, any time.

The thing is, hot yoga is my thing. We go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like Ross and Rachel. Like sand and the ocean. But, think about it. What do summer and hot yoga have in common? They’re both hot! It was so hot that some days I couldn’t imagine going into a room that was hotter than the sauna that was summer.

I still practiced, but not as much as I thought I would. Then, for the past three weeks, I didn’t practice at all. Shocking, I know. I was in Cuba for a week, and while I did bring my mat and my best intentions with me, it was even hotter there than it was in the studio. Last Monday, I went back to work. I know I’m not going to get much sympathy here, but being productive all day, every day, after being on holidays for 8 weeks is hard!

This was the only yoga I did for three weeks.

Enter the Be The Change Challenge. I decided to participate in an amazing 30-day challenge that started today. I thought I was commiting to at least 10 minutes of yoga a day, but turns out it’s any form of physical activity. I think I’m going to stick with yoga, because that’s what I signed up for. It’s also more motivating and will probably be more of a challenge.

My first class was with Megan, which was perfect, since she’s the mastermind behind the amazingness that will be September. It was a vinyasa flow class and it was hard. Well, for me it was. My knees cracked about 36 times and I had to sit out some of the vinyasas because my wrists and palms were screaming “Enough with the downward dogs!” As challenging as it was, it felt great to jump back in. I loved getting sweaty and I tried to encourage my body, saying “It’s not so bad, you remember how to do this, don’t wimp out on me!”

I won’t be able to go to class every day, but that’s ok. September is a busy month at work, because back-to-school time is always chaotic. Getting through a school day with small children is very demanding, and I don’t want to add unnecessary stress to that. I’ll do classes when I can, and home practice when I need it.

It’s going to be a great September!