The neighborhood is looking very fall-ish with flowers hanging on until the first freeze. The roses look dazzling next to the falling leaves and twiggy branches. The vibrant roses here were in a garden with nothing else. Survivors.
I've been wearing posies. My friend Heather from Blackberry Rambles sells these cozy brooches in her Etsy shop. Pop over! She's a pastor's wife, a mother of four, and a Scottish fan/enthusiast. She home schools and Susan Branch featured her Beatrix Potter unit a year or so ago. That's how I "met" Heather. She's really a star. Her blog is on my blog roll.
I asked the UPS driver if she loved this time of year, driving around in her truck, along tree-lined streets and down winding roads. She looked at me a bit funny, probably because she's always rushed and tired from climbing in and out of the big brown truck. Yikes.
Thank you for your concern about wiggle-puss James! He's taking the bottle and eating his baby food! Cheers!
This time of year I lean closer to some of my beloved literature. Beatrix (I really like reading ABOUT her) and The Wind in the Willows. Remember when we sent the book and the three (Ratty, Mole, and Mr. Toad) around the world? Wasn't that fun? Badger is in the envelope on top, waiting for his turn. Mags and I decided that a home tour around the world, blessing friends with warm thoughts of home, would be a good reason to launch Badger out into the world of blog. Would you want to host him? Take photos of him by your brooms and brushes? Allow him to help you polish your brasses or rearrange your copper pots? Let me know.
Have you read the shoe books? I re-read them often. I put my little toe shoes and my beat up tappers next to them. My toe dancing stint was short lived. I'll never forget how fun it was to drive to Seattle with a friend(and our mothers), try on our slippers stuffed with lamb's wool, and purchase our magic shoes. We tried to be real ballerinas, but our feet hurt. I'm so glad I still have my tiny satin reminders.
I'm really not festooning the house with autumn garb. I do have a few seasonal features sitting around. I found the owl glassware at the grocery store. Hoot!
Coffee and tea taste even better this time of year. Kelli gave me this lovely beaker (I learned that word from Hyacinth Bucket).
There have been some Octobers in my life as a homemaker when I have gained a few pounds due to my love of "fun-size" Halloween candy. I have given up Snickers bars forever because I now believe I cannot eat nuts, but Milky Ways are delicious and so are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! I'm not quite the pig I used to be, so that's progress.
Today I decided to recklessly buy Clementines. It's almost the holiday season. They might be good just now. Guess what? THEY ARE!
My friend Mouse from Fat Dormouse Getting Thinner sent me a Rumer Godden book for my birthday! It's a children's book titled The Diddakoi. I've read a few pages. Yes. Delicious. Thank you, Mouse!
My friend MK painted the card. Nice, huh?
I'm trying very hard to be more faithful to those I love, the ones God has placed in my heart. I used to be rather careless about returning phone calls, writing thank you notes, and initiating get-togethers when it was obviously my turn. I excused myself, thinking that having four kids, a busy husband, and a lean toward disorganization made it HARDER for me than other people. Hmmm. When I was teaching, I was tired and overstimulated at the end of the day. I used my reserves to spend time with family, but I didn't have the verve to initiate with friends. Many of my friends forgave me for this. I'm grateful. Now, I feel compelled to respond quickly to emails, texts, letters, gifts, and any sort of favor I might have with other humans. Even if other people don't respond on a regular basis, if I feel like they might be one of my peeps, I'm going to generously initiate when I can. I'm not going to grow bitter if I'm doing all the work. I love them. I'm going to act on it. What do you think?
I have two new pairs of stretchy waistband pants because I believe very firmly what our Kelli said she found to be true. If our pants are tight around the waist, we tend to be grouchy. Yoga pants (baggy ones) and baggy knit pants of other sorts are real friends. Ha! This really is the season of comfort and I realize it's nice to dress a little formally sometimes if it means that others might feel honored and respected. I'm willing to do that for them. Even so, stretchy pant days are very good days. Just saying.
Thank you for reading this far, you sweetie pie you!
God be with you.