Saturday, October 20, 2018

October Daybook--Finally Fall

After the last hurricane hit Florida and moved north through South Carolina it seemed to bring in fall. We had such an unusually warm and wet September and first half of October that trees that normally bloom in spring were confused and pushing out blooms we normally don't see until March. After the storm, it cooled down to seasonal temperatures and we went from wearing shorts to long sleeves practically overnight.

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Outside my window...

The fall colors are starting to pop! I love seeing the leaves changing against the backdrop of a bright blue autumn sky. A week or two ago we were out walking the dogs one night and saw four shooting stars in rapid succession. We had just started negotiations on the house we're buying and I took that to be a very auspicious sign! :) When I checked the almanac I discovered that we were in the middle of the annual Draconid meteor shower, which explained seeing that many almost all at once. And speaking of the wonders of the night sky, we had a flyover of the International Space Station last weekend. A local meteorologist I follow on Facebook gave advance notice, so we were able to be outside looking up at the right time!

I am thinking...

...about a million and one things that need to happen between now and our closing date, and then all the steps involved to get us, two dogs, a parrot, and a combined total of at least 240 gallons worth of aquariums with living plants and fish moved to the new house.

I am hoping...

that the closing process continues to go as smoothly as everything else so far. I've been very happy with the mortgage loan guy my realtor recommended. He's friendly and accessible and he really seems to know his stuff. Even better, he's great at explaining all the fine details of the application process in a way that even I can readily understand. So far, (knock on wood) the whole process has been shockingly smooth and simple. The inspection is Monday morning, and I hope our luck holds and they don't find any major issues to be dealt with.

I am reading...

...nothing much at the moment.The days are too packed with other things to do right now. But I'm looking forward to winter days in front of the fireplace with my knitting and a pile of books at the new house!

Celebrating the season...

It's almost Halloween and I've barely given it a thought. I did pull out two plastic light up Jack o Lanterns and stick them on the front steps, but only because I was beginning to pack up the closet where they were stored with the other holiday junk. Marla, Martina and I were originally planning to read something scary this month and have a book club party, but now with the new house it's just not possible. There will be other Halloweens....and I'm really, really looking forward to Christmas this year!

All that being said, I do love October for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with Halloween. I like the weather and the changing leaves, the heavier foods and spiced drinks, pulling out sweaters and jackets for the first time of the year....!

I can't let this lovely month go by without sharing a few seasonal quotes with you all. Here's one from a kindred spirit to start us off:

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of color about her.... "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?..." ~Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908

It was October again... a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain — amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through. ~Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908

And yet another kindred spirit:

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. ~Hal Borland (1900–1978)

Fresh October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.
~Sara Coleridge, "The Months," Pretty Lessons In Verse, For Good Children; With Some Lessons in Latin, In Easy Rhyme, 1834

"The leaves fall patiently
Nothing remembers or grieves
The river takes to the sea
The yellow drift of leaves."
-   Sara Teasdale

Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low...
~Van Morrison, "Moondance," recorded 1969

"Lord, it is time.  The summer was very big.  Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose.
Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days, press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetiness into the heavenly wine."
-  Rainer Maria Rilke

I hope you all are finding ways to enjoy this lovely month and season!


  1. What beautiful quotes and so very apt. We are finally, FINALLY, supposed to get below the nineties every day starting now and it will be cooler at night. I am so grateful. The pecan leaves are fluttering down as we speak.
    I cannot imagine how you will move all of those aquariums but since your man is a professional, I am sure it will be done.

    1. We've done it twice before (moving big aquariums, and lots of them) and it's not as horrible as it sounds as long as you have the right tools, as well as a friend or two to help with the heavy lifting. We have plenty of smaller aquariums to use as holding tanks for the animals and plants while the transitions are going on. It's just going to be time consuming and a pain in the ass.

  2. We were able to see the space station on two separate nights. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

    The Anne books will always be my most favourite of favourite books. After I had my hysterectomy I listened to the entire series on audiobook.

    1. I love the Anne books, too, but the first was my favorite and they went in descending order of favorite-ness after that.

  3. I am so envious you were able to see the Space Station.
    Lovely post today, I love Moondance.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

    1. I like Moondance a lot, too. I think of it sometimes when we take our customary nighttime walks.

  4. When my son moved house last year he bought his tropical aquarium here a week or so before the move, on the basis that it took several hours to do that, there was no way he could have just moved it from old house to new house on moving day! How will you manage?
    It is still here ! I feed the fish every day but my son has to clean the tank! I have my own cold water 3ft tank to deal with every 2 weeks.

    1. The tanks will be moved over a period of a week or two prior to our moving in altogether. My husband sets up, moves, and maintains large aquariums for a living so he has an advantage when it comes to this stuff!

  5. Rilke's poem is known to everyone who has gone to school in Germany. I am sure you know the entire poem and its mix of melancholy and acceptance.
    I am so pleased for you, with things about the new house going so smoothly and fast! Christmas is indeed going to be very special for you this year.

    1. I only discovered Rilke last year. We didn't study much poetry in high school, at least not that I remember. Which is a shame, isn't it?

  6. "But I'm looking forward to winter days in front of the fireplace with my knitting and a pile of books at the new house!" - it's a cozy way to spend winter. I've done it for 18 years now!

    1. With some good, warming, whisky based drink on those extra cold days...! I'm super excited!!

  7. I'm happy to hear you have a good and reliable mortgage loan person to guide you through the process. It is a stressful process, and having someone you trust help guide you is important. Now, you may want to start accumulating and filling boxes. Doing a few every day really helps manage the stress, and gives you some place to start.

    1. That's great advice, Colette, which I need to be heeding right away. I'd planned to have more packing done at this point in the process.

  8. Oh, man. Having moved a few aquariums in my time, I can't even IMAGINE how moving 240 gallons worth is going to work! I'm sure it will all go smoothly, though. October IS one of the best months, I think!