October brings with it the wish to linger in bed a little longer as the light is changing, and the mornings are turning a little darker. The air is crispy and fresh (although any of you in my tribe of allergy and asthma sufferers know that there is no such thing as fresh air, particularly in the fall).
Nonetheless, it is a romantic time of year. October skies are watery grey and backlight the magnificent landscape here in Ohio, and I know many other
places in the country right now.
This is the beginning of the time that we start to gather in. We start to bring in the outdoor furniture, collect the last flowers from our gardens, find sweaters and jackets, and stay inside in the evenings as the temperature drops.
I notice myself not only collecting my pots from the outside for next year, but also collecting my more expansive self and preparing for the colder seasons, getting ready to nestle in. In the summer I feel a sense of largesse in that I can move more freely about in time with less concern-no icy roads, no bundling
up. In the months to come there are more layers to be concerned with.
Right now though, in October, I enjoy the transition from outdoors to in. Picking apples, drinking a cup of tea at night
for the first time since spring, and cleaning out the pantry, getting ready to cook a little more in the days to come.
It's a good time to take some time to look and really see the colors of the leaves. October and all of its beauty is a gift
from nature, enjoy, before the snow is falling.
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