Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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As far as I'm concerned, October is a season. To me, there is no prettier time of year where I live. The weather is turning now, almost with the calendar page. The low temperatures will dip into the forties this week for the first time since last spring. The light is changing, inside and outside. Nights are drawing in early now; it won't be long until it's dark before dinnertime. Mornings are cool, chilly even, afternoons are bright and warm. The summer monsoon has ended; now the storms blow in with cold fronts, bringing blustery wind and brief bursts of rain. I smelled pinon smoke in the early morning over the weekend, the first hint of the winter to come.

Around here, we're gearing up. I've got the kids' fall clothes sorted, washed and folded. They sit in a laundry basket in the hallway outside the bedrooms, waiting for the break - that moment when the afternoons aren't so warm anymore, when a long-sleeved shirt is wanted, when a cardigan is suddenly a good idea. I've been pleased to see that many of their clothes from last year still fit them. It's a relief to have them both in middle childhood now; they don't grow nearly as fast as they used to, or will in the future, it's been pointed out to me. 

We're just starting to winterize. The swamp cooler is still hooked up, and still comes on some afternoons. It takes until two o'clock or later now, though, so the cooling days are definitely numbered. As soon as its safe, the Bear will go up on the roof to disconnect it and then the furnace is free to switch on as necessary. Usually, we'll need it a handful of times before the month is over. They've predicted below-average temperatures during October through December for my area. I would love to see this come to fruition. Already, I'm using an afghan in the evenings and sleeping under the duvet again. Cold weather agrees with me. I don't mean to romanticize it; winter has its downsides, for sure, but I would much rather be cold than hot.

Want hours of fun for your kids? Make them a parachute toy to play with. Cut a big, round circle from a plastic trash bag (the thinner and filmier, the better). Then attach lengths of kite string in six or so places around the edge of the circle. Tie the strings together at their other ends and attach a weight (a small metal keyring works well). Take it outside on a breezy day, throw it up in the air and watch it catch the wind. It helps to have a big, open space to play - or you could end up like us, hopping the garden wall to retrieve your parachute from the arroyo. It was worth it; the sun shone, the children laughed and ran and tumbled in the grass.

43 comments:

  1. Happy October Jennifer! I was so pleased when I got up this morning and got to turn the calendar page. And then I sat down and read your post, which added to my excitement. Like you, I love this month more than any other!

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  2. Often when reading your posts it is like you live a few miles away as you experience the same seasonal changes as we do. Todays post had me scratching my head, piñon smoke? Swamp cooler?

    Beautiful photos, the gorgeous blanket on your daughters bed has reminded me I need to get on with my blanket x

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  3. October is one of my favorite months, the heat finally starts to subside and the light change is so beautiful. Enjoy,
    Meredith

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  4. Wow - just beautiful pictures! You're right - October is a season.

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  5. I love October & it is decidedly cooler here too, in fact it is blinking chilly with rain to boot! No 'pinon' smoke here but there is a definite smoky smell from a neighbours garden burnings. Blankets & hot chocolate at the ready!

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  6. My favourite months are May and October. Beautiful light; friendly, soft temperatures. Thanks for this lovely post - it lifted my spirits xxx

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  7. Here it is still warm, but the nights are drawing in, and it is dark by 7.30. I relish it. If I don't have to go again after school pick up, then I'm normally in my pjs by 4! One thing about Autumn into Winter that I dont like is closing the windows. Luckily it is still mild enough at night to keep them open. For now. Actually Alf did ask for the central heating on the other day. He is such a cold mortal!
    Leannex

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  8. Some beautiful images loved the pumpkin on the doorstep. I have just started to sort out my wardrobe and get cardigans and trousers sorted ready for the cooler weather.

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  9. I actually had to put a jacket on today to go get my flu shot. First time for the season. October IS beautiful, but as I keep saying. I detest snow and fall is a harbinger of what's just around the corner. I loved seeing the blanket in the Gb's bed. It looks right at home and happy to be there. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. Hi Jennifer,
    Stopping by to say Hi and wish you happy October, your photos are beautiful.
    Your peppers are delightful-are these called pepperista's?
    Have a lovely week enjoying the season of October!
    Jemma

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  11. Help - pinon smoke ? Swamp cooler ?? I haven't got a clue...
    But I completely agree with you - october is a fantastic month, even if our climates are not really comparable. The change into more cosy evenings, the shorter days, I love it...

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  12. A lovely autumnal post. October is a favourite with me too, and it's my birthday month. I remember playing with a plastic carrier bag made into a kite on a particularly windy day at the park. Someone let go of the string and I had to sprint for miles to catch it, I made quite a spectacle of myself. Nothing new there. I love winter as well, it's the cosy, nesty, snuggly element of it all. Coming home after a cold invigorating walk and being safe and warm - wonderful. CJ xx

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  13. Another lovely post with lovely photos..We used to make parachutes with plastic bags when I was a kid growing up in the Philippines. We were resourceful with making things to play with back then. I'll be making these parachutes with the girls now, hopefully this weekend. x

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  14. Sounds like you're ready for autumn/winter, Jennifer! :o)

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  15. I love October too. I got married this month and am looking forward to my anniversary. I also like it a bit cooler x

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  16. October is such a great month. We have our Thansgiving soon and the weather and the colours of fall make it a great holiday. Have a great week.

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  17. We have been so lucky with the weather this September it's been so warm, unlike you I'm not looking forward to the dark nights and colder days but when I lived in Syria I used to long for them after the long hot Summer so I can understand where you are coming from. The parachute toy sounds like fun. :) xx

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  18. Such lovely observations of the change in seasons in your photos Jennifer! Great idea on the toy parachute too, lots of fun to be had with that I am sure. I don't like the heat, but I don't like really cold either! It is still too warm for me right now, but it is supposed to be cooler here this weekend and I won't be complaining! Hope you are having a good week. xx

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  19. Lovely Jennifer and I am more a winter person than summer and we are now heading into to warmer/hotter days.......

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  20. Believe it or not, Jennifer, your weather sounds a lot like ours has been for the past 3-4 weeks here in northern IL. We've had cool mornings and nights (40's) and then warm, sunny days in the 70's. October is when we see daytime temps in the 50's and 60's though. We might hit a day or two in the 70's this month, but it's rare. We usually start to get a lot of rain this month, too, but we'll see. September was very dry.

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  21. Hi Jennifer,

    I enjoyed your lovely post and seeing all your fun photos.
    The parachute looks like fun and my kids were always building kites and having fun flying them.
    Enjoy the rest of the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  22. October is a magical month, isn't it?

    Such lovely photos - I love the apples and the gateposts. And thank you for including the bit about parachute toys, as I was wanting to know!

    I think a lot of people would much rather be cold than hot. After all, you can always add layers or move around briskly to feel warmer, but there are only so many layers you can shed when it's really hot out. :)

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  23. Your photos are great, and really set a mood of Autumn. The gate post image is spectacular! I've always thought of myself as a summer girl, but this one was way too hot for way too long and so I'm really enjoying this cooler weather.. bring it on and the pumpkins, too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. Hey Jennifer, just having a lovely catch up on your blog....I love October too but for different reasons as we're heading into Spring, which is a lovely month as we finally emerge from a coldish Winter....just wanting to add to what others have already said on your previous posts about blogging etc - don't worry about 'missing out' by not joining Instagram, it's a completely different thing to blogging. I always enjoy visiting here and seeing what you and your family are up to...Mel x

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  25. Enjoy your changing seasons! I love autumn so much as well... spring is lovely as well, but it often gets hot too fast here... I always welcome the cool relief of autumn :)

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  26. I have so forgotten about parachutes!!!!! We used to make these for our weather unit when I taught second grade! THANK you! As we have several days off of school next week and project ideas are more than appreciated!!! And I guess the chilly is coming to you all as well! They are predicting a cold winter here in Chicago so I will be interested to see what happens! Love this time of year as well! And how awesome are your pictures and happenings! That dark sky is stunning! Happy October friend! Good things all around! Nicole xo

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  27. This is a lovely autumnal post, you describe your feelings very well. I love the colder months until about Christmas time, then I get fed up with the dark long nights. Kites are in the top 10 of all time best toys in my mind! Cx

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  28. The night are definitely starting to draw in here too, the clocks go back at the end of the month so we'll lose an hour's daylight then too so it will be darker so much earlier. The blanket looks beautiful on the end of your daughter's bed, so pretty.

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  29. To my English eyes, words like "piñon" and photos of bunches of dried chillies seem so exotic and exciting! I love your autumn banner/flag by your front door, it looks so welcoming. X

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  30. Our summers are never as hot as you experience and I'm so glad. Our weather is cooling down too and we had quite a frost last night. Strangely enough we had our first frost in August! But since then the weather has been really good. Now the autumn has definitely arrived. It's getting stormy today and rain is expected.

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  31. October is just the best, I love it. Those skies in your third photo look so ominous and stormy. I love watching when it's like that (from inside, obviously!).

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  32. October swept in hard up here in Utah - one day it was no longer too hot to keep all the windows open. Evening storms brought the rain and the chill every day. Even the sunlight has started looking cold and clear, preparing itself for winter. Everything is still green, but there's that hint of dying gold just down the road.

    Hope this October treats you and yours well.

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  33. Happy October dearie! Gorgeous photos, as always! Love the parachute idea! xo Jen

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  34. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for this lovely post and beautiful photos again! Your kids look so happy (kite=brilliant idea) and I love looking at the spots of colour in your pictures.
    Here it has been warm still (temps about 20 degrees) which is very mild and pleasant! :)
    Have a nice weekend!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  35. NM is amazing in the fall! We get all weather in one day.....like you said cool in the evenings and hot in the day. Love the idea of the parachute for the kids! I will have to remember it for when my son gets older.
    www.DressesandDenim.com

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  36. Lovely light. October here is still hot and humid. Mornings and evenings are getting a bit better. I don't prefer cold in these concrete buildings as it chills you to the bone and we don't have central heat. Who knows what the winter will bring. I hope not so much rain as last year. 9 day holiday now so looking forward to time at home. Best wishes, Tammy

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  37. Yes, I'd rather be cold than hot.. .much easier to warm up than cool down! I am using a throw in the evenings, and table lamps come on at six, and it's dark outside by just gone seven. I love this time of year.

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  38. Lovely post Jennifer and love I October too - my favourite month. I've been out of the blogging link of late but hoping to return again soon and look forward to keeping in touch.
    Patricia x

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  39. Looks like the kids were having lots of fun with the parachutes, I love this hunkering down time of year, although so far it's been very mild and sunny here in the UK
    Clare x

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  40. Such a lovely autumnal post! I love October too.
    Marianne x

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  41. I adore October, like CJ it's my birthday month.

    I'm intrigued ... what are autumn and winter temps generally in your part of the world?

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  42. I love October too, so much so we got married in it. The parachute is a great idea! Bee xx

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  43. I too would rather be cold than too hot, though there isn't often much danger of the latter in Wales. :) I really love your pictures and your words are pretty good too.

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