The morning sky has had the coolest clouds the past few days. All big and wispy in glowing pinks and reds, covering large patches of blue sky. It's as though someone took a big trowel and spread thin coats of spackle paste all over, leaving all kinds of cool textures across the sky. Earlier in the week, there were a couple of windy mornings where the trees were raining leaves on the streets, and the leaves would go dancing about, making a crunchy sound as they swirled across pavement.
I'm sad to see October leave. This year, October has been a perfect gentlemen, behaving in a most appropriate way and putting on a full show of autumn. We're all marveling that we haven't had our first snow yet. The mountain areas have had their share and from my window I can see the highest peaks covered in white. It won't be long before we will be, too. In the meantime, I added a few more Halloween decorations to our front porch yesterday and strung some ghost lights up in the dining room. I found a piece of Halloween fabric in my stash and folded a makeshift runner for the table. Dug out some candlesticks and jack'o lantern candles. Put out a few small pumpkins and gourds for a centerpiece.
Yesterday, I drove Emily to school and on the way home went past the local elementary school. The little kids were all dressed in costume for their Halloween parties. A princesses and Buzz Lightyear crossed the street, pulling on the arms of their parents to hurry. A little girl in a bright blueberry colored wig could hardly contain her excitement as she skipped along the sidewalk. I don't know what costume she wore under her coat, but I loved the color of her hair. A kindergarten teacher had magically become Snow White for the day. I can only imagine how she'll delight all the little girls in her class. I am sorely missing the days when my kids would dress up and run through the neighborhood, from house to house, coming home with huge bags of candy to pour on the living room floor and sort into piles for "trading." I would have an unlimited supply of Mary Jane peanut butter taffy -- thankfully none of the kids were too crazy about them!
The other day I watched "Murphy's Romance" with Sally Field and James Garner, while "working" in the kitchen. It's one of those movies that I never tire of seeing. These chilly days are perfect for making pots of butternut squash soup and some tomato basil soup, thanks to the last of the tomato crop from my friend. I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, too, freezing a big bag of them, so that Dan would be sure to have some when he got home on Friday night from his trip to California. Chocolate chip cookies don't last long around here!
I'm already peeking into November, for a glimpse of what that month will bring. A family birthday dinner for my aunt, a day of Christmas shopping with Dan, writing out Christmas cards, Thanksgiving dinner. And the usual stuff that doesn't have a season like dentist appointments, parent/teacher conferences and a few 'no school' days. I'm sad to say farewell to October, but am excited at the prospect of a whole new month!