October has always been a favorite of mine. The cooler weather brings a refreshing change of pace. I do enjoy the change of seasons as fall settles in. Our leaves are falling now, though not the color that one would hope. My grandson and I have begun mowing and gathering the fallen leaves weekly. The compost is now acquiring more brown matter that will turn into rich earth for future garden beds.
It's been thrilling to see monarchs continuing their journey to Mexico. I don't remember seeing them as late as October.
October is a month of birthdays in our household. Both me and my husband's birthday and our anniversary is celebrated this month. We usually plan a special trip every year around our anniversary, but this year is different. Unfortunately Grayden has a stress fracture in his foot. So hobbling along in a boot has kept us at home so he can get the rest that his doctor prescribed.
I've enjoyed these anniversary roses so much. We were married on the 14th and these roses are still around. I did recut them and put them in a clean vase of water with a tablespoon of bleach. They are now on our dining table.
Zinnias always look like Autumn to me. So I'm cutting them as often as they blossom until frost comes to our area. It's quite late for us this year.
I have continued to walk without my walking buddy. For my mental and physical health I lace up my walking shoes each morning and venture out for my three mile walk. It's not the same without Grayden by my side and I've found it difficult not having his hand to hold. Yesterday while out I was treated to a lovely sight! A bald eagle flew over my head.
This is a photo I took last year. My camera is a little too heavy to carry as I walk.
Don't you love apples? We have a bowl full in our kitchen all year long. Grayden and Samuel love Granny Smiths. Hopefully we'll be able to take a trip to get some great Virginia apples.
"A plate full of apples, an open fire, and a jolly good book are a fair substitute for heaven. " Lucy Maud Montgomery
I hope you are enjoying the change of season in your area. Have a safe and happy week.