Finally it is October! My very favorite month of the year! I love love love fall and all that goes with it. The chilly mornings, crispy leaves, apples and pumpkins, sweaters, jeans, boots – just everything. I feel like I started the month off right today. I met my friends at the park for a morning walk, coffees in hand, and it was such a great way to start the day, even though our feet were soaking wet by the end of it from the dew on the grass. But we had great talks and spotted some new mushrooms, and also, more leaves on the ground, that had changed color. When I went a few weeks ago, the leaves were still green and on the trees; today, the leaves were starting to change and fall to the ground, red and yellow and orange.
I love the drawing in and quieting down that fall signals. We are still running around, busy, but I know that soon we will be tucked up at home, cozy nights with soup and tea and blankets, good books, board games. I love our fall and winter evenings, having dinner around our table, music playing in the background as we enjoy the time together, usually Carole King or Lord Huron or the The National Parks, connecting with each other about our days. Weekends spent outside in the chill, coming home to chili that we turn into nachos the next day. Fires and cider with my brother and sister-in-law as our kids play in the yard then snuggle on our laps once it gets darker.
And it is also spooky season! I love scary books, witches and ghosts especially. I used to love scary movies but I have become a bit of a wimp – now I am very choosy about what I watch. And I am lining up all the Halloween kids movies to watch with Wyatt this year – Disney’s cartoon The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice, Casper – and I saw that there is going to be a Muppets Haunted Mansion movie too! I am super excited about it! Wyatt and I have watched the trailer a million times! He loves Halloween too, and is looking forward to trick or treating again this year, masked up, but trick or treating. He wants to be Pete the Cat and he is going to be an adorable. I might be biased though, just a little.
We’ve been slowly adding in our Halloween decorations, and Luna decided to get in the act and pose on her castle. Soon my SIL Chrissy and I are going to get the kids together for an autumn walk after school to gather leaves to dip in wax and string up as a garland, and of course, the traditional visit to the orchard to get apples, doughnuts, and pumpkins!
Do you do anything special in the fall? What do you most look forward to?