“It had been like swallowing a gust of October wind.”

The morning came late for me, finally. I woke up at 7:30. The day is chilly but the sort of chill you know won’t last. When I went out to get the papers, I saw smoke from my neighbor’s chimney. She had turned on her heat to ward off the cold of last night. Another neighbor was returning after walking her dogs. We exchanged pleasantries and commented about the chill.

I have a few things to do around the house: a wash, putting in the second storm door and watering plants. Life is back to the humdrum.

Gracie and I are heading to the garden center. It is pumpkin time. I’ll buy a few for my front steps, a few different size pumpkins. I’ll also buy some gourds, the last of the garden fresh vegetables and some bread.

Gracie is snoring and sleeping on the couch. The two cats are sleeping in their usual spots. Their morning rituals never change.

Moxie is an acquired taste. It is like drinking medicine. I don’t know anyone who drinks it. A lot of people never even heard of it. I don’t like Dr. Pepper either. I love A&W root beer, and I love how it foams when you pour it. Right now my drink of choice is fresh apple cider. It is the drink of fall.

When I was a kid, I always had a school bag. When I was really young, my school bag was almost like a briefcase, square with buckles to close it and a strap which went across my body. It was sometimes plaid. When I was older, my school bag was the green one with rubber inside to protect the books from the rain. It had a drawstring. When I was teaching, I had a blue briefcase. I always liked carrying it. It made me feel a bit important.

When I became an administrator, I stopped needing a briefcase. I switched to a backpack and used it as a handbag, a purse. My first one was nylon. Now my backpacks are leather. The one now was made in Vermont, is black, and the leather is soft. It is my winter bag. My summer bag is canvas, a messenger bag. It is getting close to switching time.

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10 Comments on ““It had been like swallowing a gust of October wind.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I haven’t seen a single person today but I noticed that two cars passed my cottage during the day so I guess I’m not alone in the world after all 🙂

    I’ve never heard of Moxie as a drink but I think it was Alfred E. Neuman’s girlfriend in the MAD magazine 🙂 Dr. Pepper however is something I like to drink two or three times a year 🙂 It tastes exactly like an old cough syrup did when I grew up 🙂 I don’
    t drink that much soda though but my favirite has always been raspberry soda.

    I do remember my first school bag, it was like a suit case and it was dark green but after that one I really can’t remember more than one which I had my last year in highschool. It was a brown leather back pack. I had it for many years when I travelled until one of my cats peed in it 🙂

    It has been a rather nice day here despite the strong winds but the sun has been shining and the winds weren’t cold.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Sometimes I think the same thing. My street is really quiet, and I don’t often see people. This morning was an exception.

      I agree about the taste of Dr. Pepper. It also makes me think of cough syrup. My favorite is Diet Coke or root beer.

      My backpack holds everything I need. It has a few pockets and a zippered area inside. In the messenger bag everything is together on the bottom making it difficult to find anything.

      Today is a pretty day.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    When I was in high school the smart cool kids carried attaché cases. The really cool kids carried nothing. The nerds carried brief cases. We used to call a briefcase a ‘fag bag’. Of course we had no idea what a fag was, but it sounded cool. BTW the kid with the briefcase read the New York Times every day. He’s probably retired from the State Department or a think tank. 🙂

    Now I carry a leather case with two side pockets and three zippers and a shoulder strap. I really don’t need it but it is where I store important stuff that I don’t want to disappear in a pile on my desk. Also, I like to look important.

    Today is warming up into the 80s for a high with the clouds breaking later.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      No one ever carried attaché or briefcases around here. Many just carried their books and had no bag of any sort. In my high school we were required to have those green bags so the books would be protected.

      All my stuff is in the backpack, but there isn’t a whole lot of stuff. Mostly I just need a place for my keys.

      Today will be in the low 60’s as will the next few days. They are perfect autumnal days.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I love Moxie. I even loved the early diet Moxie that was sweetened with sucaryl or whatever that stuff was. So, in virtual reality, you know at least one person who drinks it. 🙂 I don’t get to drink it very often because it’s not always available in the grocery store.

    Pencil cases or etuis were the closest things I got to anything like a book bag when I was in school. I don’t recall anyone carrying a book bag. We just lugged them in our arms and very often dropped them on the stairs as we rushed to our next class.
    Eventually, many years after graduating, I acquired a backpack that was not designated for camping use. It was leather. It carried my knitting, lunch, a book, and work stuff. My purse shrank over time until it was down to a wristlet. Now that I’m retired, the wristlet is all I carry. So much easier.

    I have laundry in the dryer and a few dishes in the sink. Those are the only chores on tap for the day. It’s sunny and a bit cool but still lovely outside.

    Enjoy the afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      It seems I have brought the Moxie lovers out in force. Who knew there are so many? I don’t think I’ve seen it much in stores either.

      I also got a pencil case, but I carried it in my school bag. I was in one class only in elementary school and also in high school. The nuns moved: we didn’t. I found carrying books in a bag easier.

      My friend also just carries a wallet thingy. I find I need more space than that. I love my leather backpack.

      I went and bought my pumpkins and some animal food. I also bought lunch. When I got home, I watered the plants. I never did get to the laundry-tomorrow I guess.

      Have a great afternoon!

  4. Hedley Says:

    The Mighty Mustangs play their final match this afternoon against those rascals from Holy Family. This will be my fifth game of the season if you include the rain out and I have yet to see the MM get in to the end zone
    #72 says that he can hear his Pumpa cheering him on and that will be the case this afternoon. I have checked the opponents record and the prospects for a win are darker than Lenny’s new offering.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I admire your devotion to your Mighty Mustang. My sister too has the same devotion to her grandson/player and has missed only two games. I figure both players are thrilled to have Pumpa and grandma at their games.

      As long as #72 can hear you, that’s all he needs. I do hope he did well.


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