“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― Anne of Green Gables
If you ignore all the news in the world, October was simply a glorious month. Perfect autumnal weather… darker morning and evenings, some rain, some sun to warm the days, crisp nights, and my favorite season has arrived: Sweater Weather and an Extra Blanket On The Bed!!
Gone from the days is the birdsong choir which has been replaced by the solitary calls of the Carolina wren and the Cardinal. I like the difference that a quieter morning and evening bring to my day. It is as if nature is encouraging a deeper meditation at the start and finish of each day – a welcome change from the busyness of the long summer days.
This week, I grieved when I finished reading Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard. It was the perfect book to read this month though despite it being a book (conversation?) that I never want to end! It is a book that I will be thinking about for a long time to come which has led me to think about one of my maternal grandfather’s favorite poems… Trees. It was a poem I memorized early in my life… and reciting it together with my grandpa was so much fun. MS may have kept him from the forest, but it did not prevent him from sharing his joy of the natural world. Reading Simard’s book brought thoughts of my grandpa to the surface because there was just so much to think about and wonder over in her writing. I know he would have been as in awe and amazed as I was.
I also was happy to welcome “cooler weather foods” this week..things like baked pork chops, beef stew, and spaghetti! I love how “slow cooking” makes the house smell so wonderful! And it is nice to be able to get something started, put it in the oven, and then walk away to do something else while it cooks! All that “slow cooking” has Big Foot Sock One through the heel and racing down the foot! This is proof to me that if you have several 20 minute knitting sessions during the day, you can get quite a bit of knitting in!
And with that… I am off to *try* and finish up this week’s “ornaments” for the Advent Calendar. Yesterday I had a wee accident and dropped a can of beans on my foot… and of course, it’s my “driving” foot for my sewing machine. I am going to give it a go though. (Yesterday I thought my little toe was broken… and it might be. The bruising tho… well it is even more spectacular this morning than yesterday… oy.) Moral of the story… Birkenstock sandals are not appropriate footwear to unpack boxes from Costco! And here I thought I was done learning lessons the hard way! LOL
I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!
I love you pointing out the obvious. 🙂 I WOULD get more knitting done in 20 minute increments if I would PICK IT UP AND DO IT!!! I am going to give that a shot this week and see what kind of progress I can make. LOL
So sorry about your foot! Those dang cans!!!
Enjoy your weekend.
Sorry to hear about your foot! Sounds painful!! Hope it heals quickly!
I’m glad you liked The Mother Tree so much. I was disappointed when my library told me they can’t seem to locate their copy. I may have to buy this one myself, but it certainly sounds worthwhile. I also really enjoy cooking in the fall and we’ll be having spaghetti with venison meatballs and slow-cooked wild turkey legs this weekend. You’re right, it feels like more time for knitting. Be careful with cans and have a good weekend!
Ignoring the news is always good for the soul. I love cooler weather eating as well. Right now it is a rainy day and so we might go to the library..maybe.
This is a winning endorsement of the book — I am going to need to get my hands on a copy!
Sorry to hear about your injury. In my experience, bruising on feet/toes always makes things look much worse than they are, so I hope that’s the case for you.
Oh, man, that sounds like it hurt! Here’s to quick healing. It’s amazing how BIG of an impact a ‘SMALL’ injury can have. Here’s to a lovely, slow weekend.
(And I couldn’t agree more about the ‘slow-cooking smells.’ I had two pots of soup on yesterday, and each time I walked out of and back into the house, it was like being enveloped in a hug!)
Ouch! I am so sorry about your toe. Even worse that it’s your sewing foot. I hope it heals up more quickly than you think!
I rediscovered a very similar lesson about knitting today — small amounts of knitting time can add up to big things! Good luck with Big Foot 🙂
Enjoy your weekend, Kat, and the last few days of October!
oh yikes, sure hope your foot feels better! I’ve been amazed at how those 15 minute stretches allow me to read a book … I guess I need to try it for knitting too!
Back in early high school, I dropped a shot put on my foot (don’t ask. . . ). I can still remember how painful – and how discolored – my foot was (and for a good long time afterward). (That’ll teach me to goof around with equipment I have no business handling!) Anyway, since then, I move my feet FAST whenever I drop something. 😉 I hope your foot is feeling better, and that you can still operate your sewing machine with your battered and bruised foot!
Ouch! I sure hope your toe isn’t broken. Can you buddy tape it? Cooler weather here today too. I tried to listen to The Mother Tree. While I loved it, I had a hard time maintaining focus on the audio version. I want to read it in book or ebook form. I made a white bean soup this evening. The fall menu is nice.