Autumn Joy List

The weather is in the 70’s here!  70’s!!!!  And rain.  I think this is my first October rain since moving here.  In the eight years I have lived here we have mostly still been in the 90’s this time of year, I cannot articulate how happy I am!  Okay, actually I am going to try and find my words and share my joy of all things autumn.

Clothes:  I know wearing long pants shouldn’t be such a big deal but it is.  There are people here who dress seasonally no matter the actual weather.  And they look stupid wearing boots and down vests and turtleneck sweaters when the high is 92°.  And some people wear shorts and flip-flops year around and they look stupid shivering in the 50° morning temps.

Me?  I compromise and dress for the actual temperature but wear seasonal colors.  And this year I am actually wearing 3/4 or long sleeve shirts in October. Not heavy ones but t-shirts in oranges and browns and reds. And did I mention long pants!  Not just capris but all the way to the floor pants.

Movies:  I am ready to watch “Hocus Pocus”, a “Good Witch” marathon and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”  (On TCM the 27th!).

Books:  I just finished “Royal Blood” by Rhys Bowen and now I am rereading “The Diva Haunts the House” by Krista Davis.  After that I have some Stephen King short stories and I need to resume reading “Dracula”  which I started last October but didn’t finish.

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Cartoons:  “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” of course and my favorite “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” with Bing Crosby.  It is a Disney version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, scary and funny.

My current work in progress that I hope I really do turn into a pillow when it is done:

IMG_8158I just have the background left to fill in.

Jigsaw puzzles and coloring pictures with autumn themes.  Often times the smallest things make me the happiest.

In the kitchen I am loving using these new plates:

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This week we enjoyed pumpkin spice pudding and Tasty Kakes pumpkin spice mini donuts and spiced apple cider. And hot cinnamon apple spiced tea, yum!

Autumn smells:  Vanilla pumpkin candle from Trader Joe’s and Autumn Leaves wax scent from Michael’s.

IMG_8159My latest ‘thing’ is to light the candle in the jar while I do the dinner dishes.  Why is candlelight so homey?

So there you have it, the sights, smells and tastes of autumn!

My five year old chrysanthemum blooming at just the right time!

 

 

 

 

October Happiness

Still in the mind numbing 90’s here ( ten degrees above “average”). But I am finding ways to cope, still making my own autumn and finding bits of happiness:

  • All things pumpkin at Trader Joe’s, round two. Especially loving the pumpkin spice popcorn for Cub games. Go Cubs Go!

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  • Creating this cute bat pumpkin with my son.  (So much easier than carving!)

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  • Lunch at Panera Bread which included a turkey cranberry flatbread sandwich and a caramel apple scone.
  • Gathering leaves up in the mountains.  (I spread them on the path to the front door on Halloween so kids get the fun of kicking through leaves.  It is my favorite Halloween decoration and I love having the leaves blowing around the yard for a few days after.)  I found true autumn at 8000′!  It was a glorious 61° with clouds and a few drops of rain.  The maples were red and gold and we found  golden aspen leaves too.  It was a wonderful few hours of fleece wearing, leaf scuffing, picture taking autumn heaven.

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  • The silliness of our cookie haunted house.

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  • After dinner walks to look at Halloween lights.  Though there seems to be fewer decorated houses this year.
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This is part of our yard. I love how the ghost in front seems scared of the ghosts behind him.
  • Tears of joy when the Cubs advanced to the World Series. Go Cubs Go!
  • Halloween boxer shorts to sleep in.  (Since it is way too warm for my Halloween jammies.)
  • Working on the November sketch for my friend Joe’s sketchbook.  It involves drawing and coloring  fall leaves. (No picture so I don’t ruin the surprise for him.)
  • Just finished reading “After You” by Jojo Moyes.  Next up is  “Trick or Deadly Treat” with “Before I go to Sleep” on deck.
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Boo!