“What hath night to do with sleep?”

Welcome to October: fall, football season, pumpkins on my front steps, cold nights and crisp mornings, leaves turning and falling and a sharp, slanted sunlight. Today is all of those. Last night it was in the high 40’s, and I needed an afghan. This morning my house was only 64˚ so I turned on the heat until it was warm. I’m wearing a sweatshirt. First we had sun then clouds and now sun again. I’m watching the Patriots.

Here on the cape, this is the best month. The tourists are mostly gone except on the weekends, and this is the high season for busloads of guided retirees on weekdays. They stop at Cuffy’s for sweatshirts with Cape Cod across the chest, and at Christmas Tree shops for who knows what.

This is the season for soups loaded with fresh vegetables, especially squash. I love butternut squash bisque, and it is on my fall menu, those recipes I want to make.

The colors of fall are beautiful. I always love the first appearance of mums. The bright yellows, the muted reds, the bronze, the whites and the lavenders sitting out front of farm stores always catch my eye. Sometimes I stop and buy only one or two, but I have been guilty of mum buying sprees so I’m cautious.

It’s time for me to decorate my house with my yin and yang decorations. I have gourds which look real, pumpkins of all sizes, some lit, some unlit, and garlands of colored leaves. My Halloween storage boxes are filled with rats, really ugly life-like rats, ravens, monsters, skeletons and witches. I have purple and orange lights. I’ll start after my nap today and finish tomorrow.

A nap? Yes, I am in dire need of a nap. I didn’t turn off my light until close to three this morning then I was tossing and turning. I heard the cat throw up, and I just ignored her and turned over. The dog woke me at eight. She needed to go outside. I dragged myself off the couch and took her out. It was a good thing I did. When we came back inside, we all, the three of us, went back to sleep, but it wasn’t enough for me. I slept for only an hour, but I’m still tired and grouchy. I’m even hoarse. I did find a hairball Maddie had tossed up and cleaned it. I’m so ready to join Maddie and Gracie in the land of Nod.

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10 Comments on ““What hath night to do with sleep?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We had a very windy but rather nice sunny day here today. It would have felt much warmer if the wind hadn’t blow and it was a bit tricky to dress when walking with the dogs. It was chilly where the wind reached us but rather hot where it didn’t.

    I do like all the colors no in autumn but I really don’t like that it’s getting darker earlier, soon it will be dark when I leave work and the only chanse I’ll have to see daylight is on weekends. No one here decorates for Halloween either so we don’t even have that, only darkness.

    I had done all my laundry by 9:30 this morning but didn’t do a thing after that 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I know days like that where it is hot in the sun and chilly in the shade. This time of year they happen often.

      I know what you mean about it getting dark too early. I used to leave for work in the dark and get home in the dark. I felt like a mole.

      Halloween is second only to Christmas here in the amount of money spent and on the decorating. It is a fun day.

      You can pick to do nothing!

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Yes, October does mean football, but also the baseball playoff games and the World Series. When I was a kid here in Dallas in the 1950s college football was the number one topic of interest. Pro football was still in the near future and Major League Baseball was just a far fetched dream. You were either a UT Longhorn fan or a an A&M Aggie fan. The two schools played an annual Thanksgiving day game that was a huge Southwest conference rivalry. The Southwest conference is just a memory and A&M is now in the SEC. The big October rivalry is still the Texas and Oklahoma game during the State Fair.

    The fans drive down I35 to Dallas from Oklahoma and up I35 from Austin for the big game in the Cotton Bowl on the fairgrounds. They would all party in the streets of downtown on Friday night resulting in a drunken parade of cars and pedestrians. Fans would shout out “Hookum Horns” or “Boomer Sooner” at each other. Today the fans mostly attend parties in hotels and the police have the street festivities under so much control it’s not any fun any longer to go downtown.

    I never made the connection between mums and Autumn. Every high school and college girl wear these huge decorated mums the week before the homecoming football games. Their boyfriend or his parents would spend a small fortune buying the girlfriend a mum.

    I’m not a fan of squash in any form. I especially can’t figure out what to do with pumpkin except to make a jack O’ lantern. 🙁

    Sunny skies with a high of 85 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      I watched the Pats lose, and now I’m watching the Sox leading. They became division champs yesterday. That’s 2 years in a row, a first for the Sox. I remember my dad was a Giants fan back in the old days. I also remember the first Red Sox game I went to when I was 10. The Sox were bad back then, and it was easy to get a ticket.

      The mums first appear here only in the middle to late September. They are autumn flowers.

      I haven’t ever tailgated as my college didn’t have a football team when I went there. The school has many more teams than back then.

      I haven’t ever seen a squash game. I know nothing about the game so I’d never choose to watch it

      Too hot for me!

      • Bob Says:

        I think the game of squash might be my favorite variety. 🙂 The Rangers stank up the American League west and it might be the Red Sox and the Astros in the AL Championship series.

        Things were much simpler in the fifties. Baseball was 15 teams plus one major team, the Yankees. Football was also about the same number. Expansion has brought professional sports to every city including LA. The Rams came back from exile in St.Louis. I can’t figure out where the Raiders are playing.

        During the first couple of seasons of the existence of the Cowboys they shared the Cotton Bowl with the AFL Texans. Each team drew small crowds on Sundays. Each team was owned by multi millionaires so they flipped a coin and the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs.

      • katry Says:

        You are right on as the two teams were announced yesterday after the Sox clinched the East.

        Pro sports was definitely simpler in the old days. There were not tons of games before we got to the World Series. There was also no Super Bowl. It was far easier to keep track back then.

        Nothing like the flip of a coin!!

  3. Hedley Says:

    I am solid for a weekend nap, but the Prince is in the house and we are watching the Detroit Lions together. We cruised to the Chapel this morning and took up the offertory together. He is 11 now and each visit is a joy.

    When I was the Prince’s age, my Grandfather would usually give us half a crown each when we left. I think it’s time for something similar for him, so I have $5 in my pocket as a test run. He will leave after our team finish, and then I will palm it to him when he gives me a hug to say goodbye.

    The Prince is a blessing. I like a nap. I like the Detroit Lions.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I had a lovely nap. I’m glad to hear you had the Prince this weekend as you haven’t mentioned him in a while. My sister’s oldest grandchild is 11 year old Ryder, and she loves him to visit. She does usually see him on Saturdays when she goes to his football game.

      My grandfather used to give each of us a dime, a small treasure back then. We’d walk to the corner store to spend it. I think that was the reason for his generosity-a bit of peace and quiet.

      The Prince will be thrilled!

  4. im6 Says:

    My contribution to your sleep music theme. This is from the new Cat Stevens album — a remake of a song he recorded in 1967. It’s quite nice.

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