I took today off of work, giving myself a three day weekend, this first full weekend of October. As I sit writing this, the windows are open allowing a chilly fall breeze to billow the curtain, causing more steam to rise from my pumpkin coffee. I'm a big fan of fall. While the other seasons have their own beauty, I'm more inclined to love a season where I can wear sweaters, scarves and boots. I love that the air is crisp and often times the scent of wood smoke wafting form a chimney somewhere close.
I enjoy seeing all the fall harvest decorations and pumpkins. Reds, golds, and oranges are beautiful colors any time but in October they just seem more homey and calming. I'm excited for this month because it means in about 5 weeks I'll be reunited, in person, with a few of my dear far away friends I haven't seen in two years. Its the first season this year my mom is free from cancer treatments and the month she'll take a much needed and well deserved trip to the beach. Its also my dog's birthday and while it makes me sad, she's getting gray, she proves a great reminder to enjoy the little things in life like naps and extra cuddles. At the end of the month, I'm seeing play that I already know I'm going to love because the soundtrack has been on repeat in my car for the past few weeks.
October means my love of baking gets stronger, I want to make pumpkin everything -- no bakes, cake, muffins. I want it all and if the recipe calls for pumpkin spice, the better. The chillier weather also ushers in fall foods like heartier soups and roasts. October also means the fire pit gets pulled out while family and friends gather around in jeans and sweatshirts, drinking pumpkin ale, spiced wine and roasting s'mores.
So, much like one of my beloved book characters, I too, am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.