Tomorrow is the calendar’s onset of the fall season.

It’s when I begin to think about soups and stews and cold weather food. Which means I’ll need to get my crock pot out.

The Importance Of Good Bedding:

And because I spend a good amount of time in my bedroom, my bedding is an important part of my fall and winter preparations.

“Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting, and Autumn a mosaic of them all.”

— Stanley Horowitz

The Comfort Of Routines:

After I take a shower in the evening, I go back to my bedroom and watch a bit of British TV. Often I will then pick up my iPad and browse Pinterest or check the next day’s weather.

And then an hour or so of reading takes place before bedtime.

I turn out the lights around 9-10. I’m an early to bed, early to rise sort of gal.

I always follow a routine. I think routine is vital to one’s mental health. Especially during these trying times.

My Fall & Winter Bedding:

The quilt and shams on my cozy fall bed are from Amazon. And the sheets and pillowcases are from Boll & Branch. I just love organic cotton sheets.

The throw pillows are inserts with gold pillow covers, ordered from Amazon.com. As is the boho pillow with tassels.

Before Bed:

I take a couple of clothespins and clip the lined curtains together so no light gets in. The alley has lights that sometimes bother me. I prefer a darkened bedroom.

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”

— Unknown

It’s important to take care of you, because no one else knows you better than you know yourself. You know the kind of linens you like and how firm the pillows need to be.

Then Comes October:

September will blend into October and the crickets will start up their chorus at night. Unlike me, crickets are largely nocturnal creatures.

And then when you’re nice and comfortable and warm, let the crickets chirp you right to sleep.

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15 Comments

  1. I DEFINITELY need to start a routine! Would you ever be willing to make a post of your routine for an entire day? ALSO, how do you handle unexpected things (interruptions, etc.), that sometimes happen? I’m single, and retired, and very much appreciate your posts.

    1. Yes, I’ll do some thinking on that subject. It depends on how I handle unexpected interruptions. Sometimes I handle it okay. Other times it absolutely throws me off course.

  2. I like routine, too. My evening routine is to relax in the living room with my laptop (like right now), reading blogs and perhaps writing an email or two. Then I wash my face and brush my teeth (my shower or bath time is in the morning), feed the cats, then read for awhile before bed. I’m not a TV person, so watching TV at night is a rare thing for me. I’m a night owl, so I don’t go to bed until 11 – 11:30. I’m up between 7 – 7:30.

    I like the organic cotton sheets from Target and then I have a couple of sets of regular cotton sheets from HomeGoods.

    1. PS – also meant to mention that most every night after dinner, I take a mile walk around my neighborhood. If Brian’s home from work, he comes with me. I also journal before bed.

  3. I have a routine also and when my routine is disturbed for some reason or another it really bothers me! I am in bed also around 9 and read until about 10 and then I get up at 5 with my daughter during the week and about 6:30 on the weekends! My dog sleeps with me and she won’t let me sleep past 6:30!

  4. Hey Brenda,
    It’s been so busy at my house I’ve gotten behind on my routine I’m so glad you reminded me that it’s important , we’ve been busy working on our Front porch and my Boykin Spaniel has puppies busy busy but I should take time for me I love your pillows you always decorate so beautifully have a great evening hope your fur babies are doing well

  5. How interesting this is your post today, bedroom and bedding. This morning I changed up my bedding too. New sheets, that arrived from Amazon, just washed, and out of the dryer, a down comforter, and my old patchwork quilt, still in good shape and color, after having it dry cleaned this last summer. Love how cozy everything looks, and feels. I’m like you, in a routine. Going to bed pretty much at 9:00 or 10:00 also, and up every morning at the same time. A creature of habit, I suppose. Works for us. I can’t seem to read tho, in bed. Have to be in my large comfortable chair, with a good light. Books are now coming off the shelf to be read. That too, is a Fall and Winter ritual. Hugs to you,and Ivy and Charlie.

  6. Hubby and I sleep in separate beds (we can’t stand the snoring!) and besides that Simon likes many more bed clothes on than I do. I often wake up in the night because I am too hot but in winter I am soon pulling them on again.
    We definitely have a routine which sometimes I rebel against! We get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, have meals at the same time.

  7. First of all it had not occurred to me how important routine is but it makes perfect sense. That would explain why there are days I feel jumbled and the day just passes. Thank you for the gentle reminder.
    I have a lovely bedroom but I’m not very good about making sure it’s comfortable and ‘just right’ for me. Again, thank you for the gentle reminder.

  8. Looks comfy and cozy, Brenda. I also have a light weight quilt and shams on our bed. For the summer it is white with coral and turquoise colored shells and coral. I really when out of my comfort zone when I bought that print, but love it. I am looking for a fall themed quilt but have been finding cabin prints. I will just put the comforter on the bed as always. I will have to treat myself to organic cotton sheets soon. Going to buy some more mums and continue to slowly stock up the pantry for colder days ahead like I do in the Spring for the sweltering Summertime. Enjoy your day.

  9. The crickets are so loud around here at night I can hear them in my quiet bedroom even when the window is shut all the way (which isn’t very often; even in the winter I’ll often leave the window open just a sliver to get tiny sips of fresh albeit very cold air). We’re still promised some days and possibly a week here and there over the next six weeks or so of temperate weather. I’m taking as much advantage of it as I can during the warmest parts of the day to be outside doing this and that. As it’s been only occasionally chilling cold, I’ve held off putting a down comforter on the bed. Right now if I get chilled at night I have a thick, warm faux sheepskin throw folded at the bottom of the bed that I can just reach down and pull up around me. I often end up throwing off most of the covers during the night, even on the coldest nights in January and February. Then I wake up shivering and pull them back on, and zonk right back out. LOL! Your bedroom is comfy and cozy, designed for you. As a single woman, I have that luxury of just designing for and pleasing only myself as well. I smile, though, when I hear the master bedroom being described as the wife’s domain when one has a spouse. I think it might have something to do with the feminine nesting instinct. We usually know how to make our nests soft, warm, comfortable and cozy.

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