Monday, October 5, 2009

All 'bout the Color, right?

Hello All,

I just realized that the whole month of September went by and I did not post a thing. Since my mother tells me she reads these little diatribes, I decided to put fingers to keys today and jot a little something down.

Here are 20 of my favorite things about October:

1. Crisp autumn morning air
2. The beautiful turkeys that are frequenting under my bird feeder and when the sun shines on them, their feathers are AMAZING. Who knew wild turkeys had so many colors in their feathers?
3. The smell of woodsmoke on a country lane.
4. Blustery rain storms that settle you in.
5. Blustery rain storms that make you want to hit the trail in them just to feel how alive you can be!
6. Pumpkins...EVERYWHERE! At the farmstands, on farm signs, over doors (a New England tradition, a little row of pumpkins across the front door, truly love), adorning scarecrow bodies...just everywhere.
7. Watching the leaves drift across the 3 open acres that are blown from the trees down by the road. Little Red and I have done this together on many occasions as I drag him outside to learn the finer points of becoming an autumn lover.
8. Seeing my boys in their dog-in-a-truck and lobster sweaters, so cute.
9. Wool socks and cozy slippers.
10. Chopping wood and the buzz that comes from that exercise. There's nothing to making you sore for days like chopping wood by hand.
11. Seeing how long you can take the chill before you break down and turn on the heat!
12. Apple picking and making applesauce, right through to the canning jars and all.
13. The smell of baking in the house. I love baking this time of year so much. There's nothing like molasses cookies, gingerbread or anything pumpkin baking in the oven to warm you to the soul.
14. The way autumn leaves look when floating on water.
15. Our now annual camping trip to Freeport, Me., where I hope to procure a new sweater and enjoy some breathtaking coastal beauty all it's own.
16. Speaking of sweaters, dressing in wonderful sweaters. The weight of them somehow makes me feel secure and cozy, just love to be wrapped in one.
17. Playing in the leaves with the boys, taking pictures of them in the leaves and rolling around and throwing leaves at each other...this is seriously high entertainment when you're 5 & 6 (and hey 41, too!).
18. Hiking on the splendor and beauty of an autumn trail, preferably one surrounded by hardwood New Englanders know what I mean.
19. The crackle of a fire in the fireplace, the wonderful taste of s'mores just made and enjoying both with a cup of hot pumpkin spice tea.
20. The LEAF symphony!!! Need I say more? The grandeur of country road driving with the trees ablaze on a sunny afternoon, preferably after a rainy night so the trunks are dark, is just amazing. There's no better site to this 'ol New Englander' soul then this.

So, I hope you enjoyed my little walk down a few of the reasons I love October. There are several hundred more, but for today we'll start here. Leave me a note and let me know what you like about the month.

A wonderful October feeling to you, ~Peacemom


Michael said...
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Michael said...

Aaahhh. I love autumn. It's by far my favorite too. Looking forward to our camping trip up to Maine and the scenery to be enjoyed there. Sea, sky, leaves, cows, geese & gulls, lobster boats, kayakers, crazy guinea hens, stars, pillsburys, campfires, salt air and LL Bean.

Thanks for all those wonderful reminders of why this is my favorite time of the year. :-)


Kristen said...

Sooooo wishing I were in New England right now - although, I'll tell you, the weather here in the grand state of Texas has been downright...New England-y! Rain for a good two weeks straight - and although it's not as cold as NE tends to be, I've actually gotten some 50 degree weather in for my 4am runs!

Thanks for all the wonderful imagery - brings many memories vividly to mind. Sure do miss you horribly.

K & K

Anonymous said...

Turkeys at your birdfeeder! oh you should take some pictures.
Autumn is a wonderful season but again-so is Spring!