Can you believe it! It's the first of October already! But I'm not complaining; October is one of my favorite months.
Not just because my birthday falls this month, and I shamelessly use that day to any and all advantage to myself.
Advantages such as:
- Buying myself a lavish gift which I hide under my bed until the happy day. But then I forget about it and often end up buying a second [or even third] lavish gift
- Using the week before and the week after to get together for birthday lunches with my friends
- Enticing whatever children are within a 100 mile radius to cook for me, clean the house, fetch me glasses of water (or wine), sing me joyous songs -- all of which I prefer to gifts (But I have such sweet children that I usually end up with gifts as well.)
- Carrying some homemade goodie to work to share my special day with others (because I believe that if you can turn another year older and still breathe and enjoy fairly good health that this is something to be celebrated)
- and so on and so on.
...Perhaps it's because nature, in its last hurrah, puts on such a beautiful display of color.
...Perhaps it's the planning of family day trips and walking adventures ( the beach, Keji Adjunct, Noggins Farms) before it gets really cold.
...Perhaps it's because of the various scents around me: apples at the market, pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving (this weekend in Canada), people in the country burning their leaves, hot chocolate after being outside.
...Perhaps it's because I get to change up my wardrobe and re-unite with old friends (like my gorgeous teal, cable knit cardigan, or my comfortable red leather walking shoes).
...Perhaps it's because it's a new TV viewing season and favorite shows are returning.
...Perhaps it's because I can tuck away the flower beds and not worry about weeding or mowing.
...Perhaps it's the anticipation of my favorite holiday, Christmas -- the joy of my annual Xmas letter to old dear friends, deciding on which cookies to make this year, wrapping the gifts I've been buying throughout the year, children coming home.
Perhaps it's a combination of all of these things. But I sure do love October.
How about you:
Are you upset at summer's demise?
Is November a more favoured month with my American friends?
Do you dread the cold, the naked branches, the thought of being a little more house-bound?