Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." - Nathaniel Hawthorne


October is here and it's glorious. This is my favorite time of year, now straight through to New Year's. I love fall into winter - the weather, the holidays and all the fun events, artwork and crafts at school. I love using an afghan when I watch TV; I've been watching series two of Call the Midwife, and I enjoyed it so much. Via Netflix, I've also been re-watching one of my favorite shows from adolescence, The Wonder Years, which is even better under an afghan. Heck, I just love afghans. I could watch something terrible under an afghan and be happy. I also just adore not being hot anymore! Fall weather is the best; I can wear stylish (well, for me...) clothing and even put on a few layers if I want to. I can wear a scarf, socks, a hat! I can wear my hair down! Daresay, I can even attempt a small amount of makeup on a special occasion. The cooler seasons really are the fashion highlight of my year.

It's much cooler now, with truly cold nights and mornings. The afternoons are bright and warm, though; we spend time in our backyard every afternoon, relishing the now-gentler sunshine. Fortunately, most days are sunny where I live, even when it's cold. We look for treasures in the flowerbeds and in the grass, we watch the usually-cloudless dark blue sky, we try to spot birds and squirrels and neighborhood cats. We also take walks, up the arroyo or around the block. We collect multitudes of goatheads in the soles of our shoes and we have to pick them out before we go inside. But it's worth it to walk and explore, enjoying beautiful, crisp weather. We were walking often before I hurt my foot and I'm eager to get back to it.

At home, we're hard at work on scholarly pursuits as well as artistic ones. I'm working on the granny stripe afghan but I'm fitting in smaller, more detailed projects here and there; my sojourn with Slouchy Daisy showed me that it's okay to put down a WIP when you need to reset your head for a little while. We've been using the oven again, baking all manner of fallish delights. The Bear has been enjoying green chiles too; most of us find them too hot so we only buy a few at a time. We roast them on our outdoor grill, then put them into a plastic bag to steam, and finally we peel off the charred outer layer and remove some of the seeds. This batch is much too hot for me, I couldn't even participate in the prep work. But I do love the unmistakable smell as they roast and when they're milder, I like a bit with many foods.

What are you doing this October? I'm beginning to accumulate supplies for the small Bears' Halloween costumes. He has opted to be a spider and she a mouse. My plans are simple but I think they'll work out well. I love Halloween; we have a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating. Carving pumpkins, which we do in the last days before the big event, is something our family looks forward to every year. Before Halloween, we'll have a fun event in the form of the LB's school's annual square dance. This is a great time and a very successful fundraiser for the school. And of course, there's always candy corn in October. That seals the deal for me. I was so surprised that candy corn is not universally known! I wish I could send everyone some.

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Thank you for the comments and well-wishes on my broken toe and injured back; you'd think I did something a lot more exciting than try to walk across a room in my own home. Someone mentioned how horrible it is that my wonderful new desk caused such an injury, and I agree. I wanted to blame my children too, for leaving a blanket on the floor, but really it's my own klutziness. There isn't a graceful bone in this body. I'm doing better now, though I'm still in some pain and my foot is a horrifying color, or assortment of colors. We're having the LB's birthday party this weekend (I always do his in early October because I just can't manage both of their actual birthdays and both of their parties so close together...have I mentioned that I'm kind of glad September is over?). We'll see how this foot does with a houseful of eight-year-old boys. I remain optimistic but next week could find me hobbling on crutches.

39 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pictures Jennifer! Your last two posts have really made me excited for the fall season. Isn't Call the Midwife a terrific show? It is so good I think you would enjoy it even if you weren't tucked in under an afghan. :-)

    I'm glad your toe is healing. You might want to wear some protective gear during the birthday party. Ha!

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  2. I love Autumn, but I love all the changing seasons. It's good to cosy up in an evening with lovely crocheted throws and blankets :) xx

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  3. We've had torrential rain here today, no good for getting out and about. I love Call the Midwife, and The Wonder Years too, I remember watching that many years ago.

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  4. So you like watching British drama, good for you.I loved that show, think you would like a show called Miranda.The tall looking midwife in the show has her own comedy series.Think with your toe you going to let nature take its course and rest up x

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  5. What a lovely post, with such beautiful photos. You have changed my thinking about autumn a little. I always preferred summer clothes, but I can see that autumn/winter ones are more stylish. It's rarely too hot to wear my hair down here, but I can imagine how nice it must be to have relief from the heat where you are. Glad it is all so lovely right now. I've watched a bit of Call the Midwife too and really enjoyed it. I also have a black and blue foot - after dropping the hoover on it last week. Oh the pain! Hope yours is healing well.

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  6. Hope that you are enjoying Call the Midwife, it is one of my faves, although we have just started the new season 4 of Downton Abbey here - yay! Looking forward to seeing the halloween costumes, you will be busy making those. Hope that your toe/foot keeps getting better and that the crutches don't have to make an appearance, I am picturing it all shades of green and yellow and black from your description!! Take care of yourself at the party. xx

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  7. Beautiful photos Jen! Sounds like you are staying busy this month. We have been busy with decorating, and Fall crafts. It's been absolutely lovely. :)

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  8. I love Halloween and loved making costumes for my kids when they were little, it is so much fun. Take care of that toe and send me some cool weather please.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  9. Glad to here your toes on the mend. I love October especially because its my birthday month :). Lots of lovely photos. Looks like your all having a great time. Enjoy call the midwife x

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  10. Gorgeous post. I love autumn too, in fact I actually really enjoy a lot of things about all the seasons. I am planning a lot of crafting for October, to get a head start on Christmas gifts too. I enjoy Halloween too and Miss M wants to be a cat this year...should be a simple enough costume, I hope!
    Marianne x
    PS. I loved the Wonder Years too

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  11. Your photos are gorgeous and I hope you make an even better recovery soon.

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  12. I just love Autumn too and your pictures capture it beautifully.

    Nina x

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  13. Lovely images! I used to love The Wonder Years, forgotten all about it! Good luck with the party!!! :) x

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  14. Beautiful I have to confess I used love the Wonder Years too x

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  15. Beautiful October. Candy corn I know...square dancing - haven't tried it yet. Snuggle up and smile :)

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  16. Oh...you are such a wonderful writer...as I have said many times before..:o)
    Love the snail...I posted one today as well! hahaha!
    What is that you are crocheting? Looks like a collar or something...
    Great Fall photos, Jennifer....

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  17. Jennifer! I'm away from my laptop for one day, (my aunt arrived yesterday from Toronto), and you go and break your baby toe and injure your back?!! So sorry to hear about your pain, but it sounds like you are doing better. Your photos are a sure way to cheer anyone up, so very cozy and representative of October and all the variety of events and images that are part of it. Thanks for sharing and get well soon!

    Poppy

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  18. Your pictures are always so enjoyable to look at - they make me happy!
    Glad you are doing better and I hope there are no crutches next week.

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  19. I love all your photos, but the one with the orange-y red nandina was awesome! Tonite we hung up pumpkin and skeleton light strings and the boys were amazed and excited about them! Cute stuff. Enjoy your October! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. Autumn is such a wonderful time of year with its cooler days and yet the warmth of the sun is there too and its amazing colours of reds and oranges. I hope you recover quickly from your injuries. Call of the Midwives was one of my favourite series ever...I hope they bring out a third series soon!

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  21. Lovely. I think I would really enjoy Fall in New Mexico!

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  22. Oh, I have clearly missed a post. EEEK broken toe!! I so feel for you, having been there and done that. Isn't it amazing how something so small can hurt so much! and don't you think we just don't appreciate just how much we need these little things and how much it hurts just to have one, not two out of ten not working. I really feel for you and yes I think I would have felt very tempted to blame the blanket and the culprits who left it there. I am pleased that you are feeling a little better, and I hope it continues my dear. I have always preferred Spring over Autumn, but it has been a close second, but as I am maturing, my preferences are a changing and I am most certainly moving to Autumn and Winter (especially Christmas my favourite time of the year!). Our household also gets very carried away with Halloween and the kids have done nothing but talk about it, so I am sure we will be in for some fun and games. I have loved all your photos today and they have made me smile, so thank you. Hope that your back and toe continues to feel better and that you have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  23. Your pics are beautiful Jennifer, thank you for sharing them with us, and I do hope that good progress continues with your poor little toe and back. I am always relieved to see Autumn approaching as it means the end of the sometimes overbearing heat, which I don't tolerate well at all, but Spring is usually my favourite as I watch out for new life bursting forth - until this Spring so far for it has been very disappointing with too much rain, cold and high winds! Never mind, today was glorious and it was so nice to be out in the sunshine!
    All the best with the birthday party and please protect that poor little toe!
    Joy xo

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  24. I just started to gather a few Halloween costumes things too.. we're keeping it simple.. we weren't exactly able to celebrate the last two Halloween because of super storms.. hopefully this year will be different.

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  25. Sounds like a lovely October in store for you! Sorry to say, I'm not as enthusiastic about this time of year as you are. I'm a summer person. I like wearing shorts and t-shirts and being barefoot. Hate having to bundle up and the shorter days and lack of sunshine. You're lucky you have a lot of sunshine in NM. No trick-or-treating here since I don't have little ones, but I'll be answering the door and passing out candy that day!

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  26. Oh you poor injured thing. You sound a lot like me - if there is something around to trip over, I'll trip over. Often there doesn't have to be anything at all. I love this time of the year too, but we have had a lot of misty murky weather here in St Ives. A bit of rain too. It all makes for very damp excursions wherever we go. You photographs are lovely. Snippets of your day to day life. I love those.
    I hope you feel a bit more up and at 'em soon, Jennifer. Until then enjoy snuglling in your Afghan.

    Leanne xx

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  27. Crickey!! I hope that toe gets better soon but don't try and rush it. You may end up doing more damage.
    The wonder years were also a great part of my childhood. I remember rushing Sunday dinner so that we could sit down in time to watch it. It was a brilliant program.
    Rosie xx

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  28. Love your new profile picture, the hat is a stunner. I haven't called in for a while, been busy, busy, busy but I really enjoyed catching up on all your pictures and family fun. Take it easy with that foot - Jo x

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  29. October looks as if it is shaping up to be a wonderful month for you, I hope your toe heels quickly. Mich x

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  30. I broke my toe from tripping in our house last year, so don't feel bad :) I love the pic of the yellow mum, your photos have really become beautiful!

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  31. Your pics are wonderful, Jennifer! We aren't to the "layering of clothing" yet, but we can have the windows and doors open in the early mornings! I'm truly doing the "happy dance" over just that much!

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  32. October is grand isn't it!?!?! And we have something so in common...The Wonder Years!!!! What a classic! I loved it then and I love it now!!! Your fall events sound spectacular! And I too prefer the cooler weather especially for clothes...I so like my layers!!! Your pictures are perfect and I can't wait to see more from your festivities!! Good luck with the party and happy October!!!

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  33. Hi Jennifer! Good to see you are enjoying our beautiful October weather! I love green chili time! But I'm so sorry to hear that you hurt yourself! I hope you're doing much better. I also saw your resident roadrunners. How wonderful to have them brooding in your yard. We are getting awakened in the morning by hot air balloons. And yes, the afternoons are wonderful. I've been out on the patios again. Take care!

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  34. Beautiful photos ( As always) Love reading about your family and all the exciting things that you all get up too- Hope your toe and back are getting better. Take care :)

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  35. I enjoy visiting your blog so much! It's always such a happy place, and thanks for being here. October has become one of my favorite months of the year. I am really welcoming the cool, crisp weather after our hot and humid summer... it's like a breath of fresh air. I love that your daughter wants to be a mouse for Halloween. I know she will look adorable! Charlotte plans to be a bunny for Halloween. I was also happy to say goodbye to September this year. Between Charlotte and myself we had three week of sickness in our house, so glad we a feeling back to normal. We are also back to homeschooling -preschool for this year. I need to do a blog post about this soon. We purchased mums and pumpkins last weekend, so we are getting ready for Autumn and Halloween. And it's always so exciting to carve pumpkins... something we always look forward to. I hope you have a great weekend! Oh, and I love your yellow mum. I usually always go with yellow, but wanted something different this year and went with purple.

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  36. A spider and a mouse for Halloween - that's so cute! Please show us photos of their costumes. We don't really do much for Halloween here, Bonfire Night on November 5th is a much bigger deal, but we will definitely buy and carve a pumpkin. x

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  37. I really enjoyed Call the midwifes also, if you get the chanch try and read the book it is so good.

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  38. I am new on your blog, you have such a lovely place here. I do love October too, this is my favourite season, the colors, the smell....hope your foot goes better.

    Have a nice day!

    Lluisa

    http://spinningyarn74.blogspot.com.es/

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