It has been an amazing October so far. Day after day of clear blue skies have made it seem like summer is still trying to hang on, in spite of the fact we are already a couple of weeks into fall. This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving and I can't ever remember a Thanksgiving where it was so warm you could sit out on the back deck enjoying a good book. (Well, maybe not that great of a book, but I will save that for another blog post.)
It was a very strange holiday here at the Hammond house. Usually the house is full of people and food and laughter. This year there was an unwelcome silence. The only one of my kids home was Alexandra, and she had to work (this in spite of the fact the surgeon told her not to go back to work yet!). In a fit of self-pity I made a batch of gluten-free pumpkin scones and indulged, with my Autumn Korknisse keeping me company. The only good thing I have to say about this is at least I didn't have to share my scones.
This good weather is only supposed to last another few days, and I have to admit I am sort of glad. Every year I make myself wait until the cooler October days before I start wearing my hand knit wool socks again. It might sound lame, but I look forward to the first day I get to put on my wool socks the way some people look forward to Christmas. This year there are several new pairs waiting in my wool chest, ready to be pulled out and put into action.
In addition to getting in some reading and knitting over the long weekend I also managed to rip out most of my garden. My carrots, parsnips and kale are still going strong, but the rest was a sad, sorry tangle of half-dead plants. It is a relief to look out and see the garden boxes cleared out, ready for next spring and hopefully a more productive year than this past one was. I cut the parsley that was left and dehydrated it. It will be nice to add to soups and stews this fall.
I love the "tucked in" feeling I get in October. Knowing that the yard and garden have been put to rest for the winter, getting out hand knit sweaters, hats, socks and mitts, reading in front of the fireplace, dinner cooking in the slow cooker, filling the house with good smells - these are just some of the things that make October the best month of the year!