I have 2 related problems.
One, and this may be because I am a lefty -- we are visual organizers, apparently -- I can't remember to do a thing unless it's written right there in front of me.
Two, I devolve into panic as each season ends because I havent done all the things I intended to do and life is slipping away inexorably and soon I will be dead or dying and wondering why I didn't fit in one last swim at Beaver Dam before the weather turned and condo developers took over the site?
So when I went to my friend Heidi's house (a Victorian mansion in Oak Park, Illinois) I was delighted to see a piece of butcher paper tacked to the kitchen wall with all these very summer specific activities listed on it. She explained that at the onset of each season the family makes a list of all the things they want to do (and have to do: ie, read summer school books) before the next season begins. Whenever the kids are at a loss ("I'm bored!") or the family is wondering what to do with their weekend, the List is right there, ready and wiling to tell them.
So let's all do that! Tack up your butcher paper, get your pens out, and start writing.
Fall is fast approaching.
Here is my list, which I will shortly transfer to paper. (share yours in the comment section so I can crib from your list)
Go apple picking
make apple pies
carmelize the last of summer cherry tomatoes and freeze for sauce
slice and freeze peaches for pies
hike old rag mountain
help out at a winegrape harvest
clean my gutters
sweep my leaves
make carrot potato soup with dill and cheddar
make a chocolate cake and invite friends over on a saturcday afternoon for a walk and cake
go to the museums (they are free in DC, its awesome)
walk to brunch at the Tabard Inn
hike Old Rag mountain
go to the Brimfield flea market
make fires in the fireplace
paint my dining room chairs
knit a scarf for my niece
have an apple fritter party
make cheese fondue
go to a corn maze (the last time I totally freaked out and ran for my life and sprained my ankle)
go to a pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin
make one of them martha stewarty gorgeous pumpkins
do something scary at my house for halloween (or just hide inside with the lights out)
go to trapeze school
ride a horse out at Desert Rose winery
buy/make xmas presents in advance
deep clean every room
learn arabic (I keep saying that)
plant baby lettuce
spend the day in Baltimore
eat crabs before the weather turns