Saturday, October 26, 2013

October light













Indoors and out, the light has changed. Mornings are dark; I eat my breakfast near the window in the breakfast nook and watch the sky grow lighter. Midday is still bright but the angle of the light has changed and the sun certainly doesn't feel like it did a few weeks ago. The sun has set by the time I'm tucking the GB into her bed at seven in the evening; we need lights on for baths and hair-combing and pajamas. Her brother follows at seven-thirty and by then, it's night-dark. Last evening, we watched a storm several miles to the north while sitting in our family room. There was vivid cloud-to-cloud lightning. We turned off all the lights in the house and sat on the couch, each holding a child on our lap, everyone under afghans. It had rained all morning and some of the afternoon but we didn't have rain from the evening storm. What a pleasant way to sit together; talk about hunkering! We timed the thunder and watched the lightning and listened to the wind howl in the chimney. It was exciting.

The temperatures always seem to plummet in October. I usually wear a sweater when I'm outdoors now and the small Bears have been in long sleeves and long pants every day for about three weeks. We need blankets at night and the furnace has switched on about five times now, always in early morning before we've gotten out of bed. It has run enough times to lose that burnt-dust scent of the first few heating cycles. There's something very comforting about being in furnace-season; I've lived in this house long enough to know every tiny sound the furnace will make as it starts up, from the whoosh of the gas flame, to the tick-tick-tick of the pipes as they heat up, to the hissss of the air through the vent above our bedroom door. We sleep under the duvet now and soon we'll be using the giant granny again.

Late afternoon is my favorite in this season. Most of the homeschooling is done, guitar and piano have been practiced, shoes and coats and lunchboxes and water bottles have been put away until tomorrow. We've finished our audiobook for the day; I felt like hearing an old favorite and chose Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I prefer other books from the series even more, but the library had only a limited selection). The LB loved Farmer Boy when we read it together not long ago and he's happy to listen again. The food descriptions in this book! I can tell by all the lip-smacking as they listen that the small Bears like it too. Those late afternoon hours are fleeting now; it's darkening so quickly these days. Around five o'clock, I'm putting on my apron and switching on the kitchen radio to "All Things Considered" while I start dinner.  Evenings are spent working on something crafty; I need my creative time like I need to breathe. The Halloween costumes are finished! I think I did a pretty good job with them. I'm still working away at the LB's granny stripe and I've been trying a few more complicated yarny things too.

I'm feeling better; I'm glad that was a short hiccup. Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. I want to remind everyone of that; it helps me when I'm struggling. It's good here: the Bear just came in from running and the small ones are drinking lukewarm tea (it's their new thing this fall). I sewed costumes and worked on Christmas creations all afternoon. Right now, I have the small Bears' dinner to make and later, the Bear and I will enjoy a date-night treat of Chinese take-out for dinner. We have ice cream and a burgeoning Netflix queue. I have a new hard apple cider to try, Angry Orchard Apple-Ginger. There are dark clouds building over the mountain again and we might have some more rain. And there's yarn, always oodles of yarn. Yes, it's a good Saturday afternoon at home with my little family of Bears. I'm a happy, lucky lady.

36 comments:

  1. This was a heart warming post to read, it shows how much you love your family, through every word.
    Hope you have a splendid Sunday together!
    Lisa

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  2. I love reading your writing Jennifer, your pictures are great and I love to see your garden and projects and things, which are all beautiful by the way, but I love your writing. It is so calm and peaceful and descriptive. It is funny, and this really is true, as I was reading the first bit I thought, this is just like one of the little house books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and then you mentioned Farmer Boy! Your writing is very reminiscent of Laura's for me. My favourite is The Long Winter and I like to reread it in the winter - of course - oh, and Little House in the Big Woods of course. Glad that you are feeling perkier again, it is hard with ups and downs, but I am slowly (takes me a while!) learning that "this too will pass", but boy it is hard to do and hard to learn it. The cider sounds great, hope the taste was as good as the name. xx

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  3. Such beautiful clear bright pics Jennifer, the changed lighting does show, doesn't it, and I love how it shines through your windows into your home. Your straight-from-the-heart writing pulls me in and encourages me to feel like I'm there with you, almost as part of your family - such a lovely feeling, thank you. Enjoy your Hallowe'en! Hugs, Joy x

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  4. What a beautiful post, very warm and comforting ~ you can tell you are loving your life !
    Have an amazing Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Willow

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  5. How cozy to be in doors hiding from the storm x

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  6. It all sounds so cosy, enjoy the rest of the weekend :) xx

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  7. I loved reading this post, Autumn is my favorite season and you totally captured the feeling of it. Really pretty photos too!

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  8. I enjoyed hearing about your day. We had a good one here at the beach, went to a lighthouse, out to a new place for lunch, to an antique store and we're now hanging out in our trailer watching the sun go down. Life is good! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. Yep...without those struggles we would never appreciate those beautiful moments as fully. Your October light is amazing. And your days sound so warm and full! A very happy autumn weekend to you!!

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  10. I could picture you and your hubby sitting on the couch, each with a child on your lap, all cuddled under blankets and watching the storm. Times like that make for some of the best family memories. I'm glad you're feeling better and that it was just a "hiccup" in your life. I have those times, too - we all do. Life can be overwhelming but it can also be wonderful. :-)

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  11. Thanks for sharing your days with us, Jennifer. I am appreciating the changing season as well. We rarely get any lightening at the base of Mt. Hood, but I can remember storms like you described from the years we lived in Colorado. My daughter is reading Farmer Boy to my Grands, and they love listening to the Little House stories. My oldest daughter's youngest, Rose, arrived safely this evening! I am sooo grateful and excited! I will post pictures soon :) I'm so glad you are feeling better!
    Gracie xx

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  12. Your photos are beautiful and capture this time of year perfectly! I so enjoyed reading this post, your description of the furnace sounds made me smile, such a childhood memory for me! :-) I love your bedding and crocheted goodies...and tell me more about that yummy-looking breakfast, looks a bit more substantial than mere porridge/oatmeal...enjoy your Sunday! Chrissie x

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  13. It does sound blissful. You are right, overcoming a few difficulties does give one a bigger appreciation for the good things. Your Saturday sounds absolutely lovely. And I know exactly what you mean about needing to be creative like you need to breathe. I can't imagine not making something or be planning something. This was a really lovely post Jennifer, thank you for sharing it.

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  14. I'm reading your post whilst laying in bed - listening to my heating start, the pipes rattle and expand. Glad I'm not the only one who recognises each warming noise and find it comforting.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I think the storm heading our way is not likely to be much fun. :(

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  15. What beautiful light you have captured here, and such a lovely post of love and appreciation x Enjoy the last few days of October xox Penny

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  16. Such a wondeful post Jennifer. I love the way you write, it captures the essence if life for me. The light here has changed too and last night our clocks went back, which will now mean more light in the morning and less at night. It's a winderful and cosy time if the year. How wonderful that you all sat and listened to the storm, such beauty. Well done for making the costumes, I wish I had time this year, but Halloween will be a bit neglected this year. What fun to sit and listen to audiobooks with the kids, something we enjoy too. There's nothing like reading a good book together. I hope you had a winderful date night, it sure sounds like fun. Enjoy the cider, I was just listening this week to the radio and apparently cider has become quite popular in the US, I know it's a vouch loved drink in the UK. Enjoy the rest of your weekend xoxo

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  17. I always like reading your post, it make me feel homy and cozy while we're traveling around looking for our perfect place to live. Now we are looking around Ireland and although it is a beautiful place I still cannot feel the same as I feel in England a place that I really love, we'll see what happen....by now, thanks to you for sharing bits of your life here :)

    Lluisa x

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  18. I love this post and the beautiful picture to go with it, you write so beautifully and like others have said reading your posts makes me feel all content and relaxed. Enjoy the rest of your weekend with your lovely family.
    Marianne x

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  19. Oooh Jennifer I do love a good storm! How wonderful to have such a good view - we usually run up to Big Sis' bedroom at the top of the house and stick our heads out of the window! We have been forecast with heavy winds and rain overnight and, although it might sound strange, I'm so looking forward to being in bed and hearing the sounds against the window and down the chimney - truly cosy! There is something so special about the light at this time of year - I'm off to try and capture some of it now. Take care x Jane

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  20. I love your descriptive thoughts on the beautiful life you have with your family. I think that you are such a blessing my friend. You are a fantastic Mother and Wife, and it shows so much in every word you write. Lovely thoughts to start my day with.
    Hugs,
    Merediht

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  21. Beautiful photos Jennifer, the light there really does look amazing. And it sounds like you've been enjoying the stormy weather as much as we have :)

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  22. Gorgeous images. I love that giant granny on the bed! Beautiful colors. Such lovely light. We had a very humid day, with clouds. Nice to see change in the weather other than just hot, hot, hot. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  23. I savoured every image and word of this post. You really paint a picture in my mind of you and your family going about your day as the seasons change. You are so right of course - life doesn't have to perfect to be wonderful. I loved the incidental tour of your space too.

    Leanne xx

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  24. Jennifer,

    It is a talented and sensitive writer who can write about her daily routine and evoke feelings of gratitude, calm and comfort. And when those words are accompanied by beautiful images to match, it's bliss!

    Have a great week!

    Poppy

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  25. This was a really lovely post Jennifer.

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  26. Beautiful post Jennifer! I absolutely love Autumn. Great photos! :)

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  27. ♥Hello, my friend! So beautiful home! ..and photos! xxx Riitta

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  28. I couldn't possibly agree more, life doesn't have to be perfect (spoiler alert: it will never be perfect, there's no such thing as absolute perfection, IMO) to be wonderful. That's an outlook I embrace daily, no matter how big the curve balls are that may come my way, and I find it does hand-in-hand with stopping to take stock at least once a day of the many blessings I have, both new and old alike.

    ♥ Jessica

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  29. what a beautifully worded and evocative post- It certainly flows with the love of your family- and your photographs are gorgeous. Take care:)

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  30. You've captured the light beautifully in your photos. Sunny days in autumn can be the best, but we had a period of gloomy days where there wasn't any light at all, I don't like those kind of days.

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  31. This is the nicest post ever. Your photos and your words are both utterly lovely and the Saturday night you described sounded perfect. I hope it was a great weekend. x

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  32. Such beautiful photos Jennifer.. I especially love the rose and the beautiful crocheted blanket. Lovely colors indeed. Hugs Judy

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  33. Jennifer - I can just picture you and your hubby and the small bears curled up and watching the storm. What a lovely post, evocative, yet comforting, and especially loving. You are a happy, lucky lady! Remember that in your off days. If we count our blessings every day, we end up with more blessings. I love your saying that you need to do crafty,things like you need to breathe! That's exactly how I feel. I can't go thru a day without working on something. Keep enjoying your wonderful life. And keep sharing it with us! Hugs! xxoo. JO

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  34. I love hard cider since I can actually drink it (it's gluten free). I've never tried the ginger flavor though, yum! Your shot of the rain on the window is really beautiful. I love being warm inside on rainy days, there is something so peaceful about it.

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  35. Such lovely photos of the October light. It really is just gorgeous! Your Saturday date-night sounds perfect. We love Chinese take-out and have it about once a week. It's nice to have a night off from cooking.

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  36. You have such an eye for photography! Your pictures are always so crisp and beautiful! :)

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