October’s Turn


“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 the golden month, with the trees changing but the days are (generally) still sunny and dry, and warm, even though the nights are starting to turn colder. Even here in Oregon we have pretty reliably good weather for most of the month. Today was stunning, 80 degrees and sunny, with the trees turning gold and red and leaves piling up all over the yard. I don’t think it could be any more perfect.

I need to get busy with the Hallowe’en decorations, I haven’t even dug them out yet. Soon, though. Not to be a downer, but before the bad weather starts, it’s time to check through emergency supplies, stock up on batteries, candles. If you have pets make sure you have pet food on hand in case stores are closed or you can’t get there. Keep emergency supplies in your car: flashlight, tools, flares, blanket, shovel (you can get mini folding ones), and so on. Do it now while you have time and before you need it.

In the meantime, enjoy the weather, plan some winter projects. I’m skipping NaNoWriMo again this year, I really think my NaNo’ing days are over. I have enough writing projects to keep me busy for a long time without creating new ones, and I really cannot squeeze it in this year with this job I have. I will find time to write more regularly, though. My daimon is ever present and inspiring, and encouraging. Have  a great week, everyone.

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16 thoughts on “October’s Turn

  1. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
    ― L.M. Montgomery

    Thanks D.D. Must be very beautiful up there. Have a great week too!

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    1. It’s very pretty right now 🙂 The picture is the maple tree in my front yard, actually taken on the first day of autumn back in Sept. but I haven’t had a chance to get any better pics since then! I totally agree with Miss Montgomery, I wish autumn was twice as long as it is.

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  2. Great reminder to finish getting ready for unexpected events, and timely, too. We had our first hard frost last night. I think I’ll make a to-do list this afternoon. Great week back at ya! 🙂

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    1. Yikes, hard frost already? Oh well, I guess not so surprising where you are 😉 We had a little bit of frost in my ‘hood this morning, but it’s supposed to hit around 70ºF today. Yes, time to prep for what we know is inevitable!

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  3. What a lovely title. I could see all the colors of fall in Oregon. As far as supplies go, I’m ready for nothing. I do have 50 cans of tuna on hand but that’s it. I like how they look in my cabinet. Silly I know. I will on your recommendation go get batteries for my flashlight. That’s a good idea. We’re having cold snap – dropped to 44 after being 72 on Saturday. Global Warming, when are we going to admit it’s taking over? Love the post Dame.

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    1. I think we hit about 80º here yesterday, and got a touch of frost overnight. Wild temperature swings, but that’s sort of typical out here (although 80s this time of year is a little odd). I’m still working on putting together a real emergency kit with water, packaged food, etc. Never know out here, could be earthquakes, wind storms, snow storms, floods. I’ve cooked eggs on the barbecue on the back deck when power was out for a week once.

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  4. The weather here wasn’t as lovely as you describe, but the diner pulled out all the stops, decorating, this year: rubber snake on the counter, big furry spider on the dessert case, cute little paper garlands shaped like ghosts holding pumpkins. On the way home the air was cold and the sky was cloudy and the air smelled like somebody’s fireplace. Even without those golden sunny skies, there’s much to love about October.

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    1. What a fun diner! That kind of weather is just perfect this time of year. There’s a magic and mystery in those cloudy, windy days. Love it, makes me want to run across a grassy meadow, where the grass has turned to that dried, golden color and meets the sky at the horizon.

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    1. I would imagine Germany is quite lovely this time of year. The local classical station that I blog about once in awhile is giving away a trip for two to Germany as a grand prize during this pledge drive. What fun it would be to win that! 😀

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      1. It would be great if you won! Crossing my fingers and toes for you. Germany is also beautiful this time of the year except it is a bit cold. This old lady can’t take the cold, lol

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    1. I think there’s still time to get in on the drawing if you want. They’re having a hard time finishing up this pledge drive at allclassical.org They’re at 95% of goal as of right now (8:45PM PDT). I won a raffle on Sat. when I pledged during my fav program, “The Score.” It’s a 5-DVD Lord of the Rings movie set and some kind of 3D Gollum… She told me on the phone but I’m still not sure what it is. I guess I’ll find out when it gets here. They were hoping I could go to the station to pick it up, but not having a car at work makes it tough to get anywhere during business hours.

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