In Norway, autumn shows up pretty much as soon as August ends. The days get darker, it rains a lot more, and it gets cold. It’s important to make sure you stay warm and cozy during this time, and these are some of the things I do to both keep myself busy, and warm.
During summer, it’s usually too warm for me to want to spend too much time in the kitchen, so when autumn comes around, I start baking again. So far this year, I’ve made autumn and halloween inspired creations, mainly pumpkin pie made from scratch, and chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin decorations. I was inspired by my friend’s creations from last year, where she made spiders with sugar eyes. Both creations ended up tasting so good, and I can’t wait to do more Christmas themed baking as well. This year I actually invested in cookie cutters, so I will definitely try my hand at baking gingerbread cookies.
When it’s cold and raining outside, nothing feels better than curling up with a soft, fuzzy blanket and a good book. I recently acquired quite a few lightly used books, so I have a sizeable TBR (to be read) to get through. When I was still in university, I never found the time to read for fun, and I still struggle a bit to realize that I can read whatever I want, whenever I want. I have finished a few books over the summer, and I can’t wait to read whatever remains in my shelf. I recently started reading the Ashfall trilogy, and I love it so far.
Expanding my tea collection
I technically drink tea all year round, but it’s never as tempting during the summer when it’s way too hot outside. Instead I just end up buying more and more, justifying it by telling myself that I’ll drink it all during the colder months. During autumn and winter, I love drinking spiced teas, anything flavored with cinnamon, ginger and the like. Getting to drink a big, warm cup of tea makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and at peace. I often combine this with reading, basically just turning it into self care. If you’re feeling stressed, a caffeine free cup of tea could help a lot. I usually have a tea advent calendar every year, but unfortunately I’m skipping that this year, as I’ve opted for a Yankee Candle tea light calendar instead. I already have way too much tea, so I guess it’s for the best.
Although I’ve graduated from university, I still feel the itch to learn something. My solution has been to attend online lectures and/or webinars that are advertised through Facebook Events. So far I’ve attended everything from how trains work, to grave robbers in the UK. It’s so much fun to just learn something random, and I love not having the pressure of having to revise for exams on my shoulders. I don’t need to remember absolutely everything that I learn, and if it’s not for me after all, I can just leave. It’s just nice to feel a sense of accomplishment from spending maybe a few hours a week learning about something new. There are also virtual guided tours being advertised, and they are just as interesting. If you find yourself having a couple of hours to spare, I would recommend looking for online, free lectures.
Do arts and crafts
Since it’s cold and I’m spending more time inside, it is the perfect time to try to do more arts and crafts. I love buying little Christmas decoration DIY kits, and I love painting. This year, I bought both something to make, and something to paint, and I can’t wait to do both. I recently finished a couple of paintings heavily inspired by my favorite video games, and although they’re not that great, I still love them. Along with painting, I’ve also watched a lot of journal decoration/scrapbooking videos on Tiktok and YouTube, and I’ve been decorating pages myself, too. I used to only have a few rolls of washi tape, and now I have roughly 40 (!!). I love decorating and making stuff, and it is honestly really therapeutic to just have something quiet on in the background while I do it.
Is there anything in particular you do during the autumn that you don’t really do during the rest of the year? I would love to hear all about it.