“For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.”

I have no complaints about this morning. It is sunny and warm enough for fall, and only the leaves at the end of the small branches are moving, barely moving. The house was a bit chilly this morning, but not chilly enough for a heat cycle. I put on my sweatshirt, and that was enough.

Jack, aka cat1, is sleeping beside me here on the couch. He lies between me and the arm of the couch. His considerable body is stretched out, and his head hangs beyond the couch cushion. Every time I pause for inspiration, I pat under his chin or scratch his head. He is quietly purring. Meanwhile, Henry is standing at the front door and occasionally growling or barking. Cat2 is in her room and is probably sleeping on the bed. It seems all is right in my animals’ world.

Only a few flowers are left in my front garden. Every day I am thankful the frost is still waiting in the wings.

A mighty storm is predicted to start tomorrow night. It will drop an inch or more of rain. Wind gusts could reach 40 or more miles per hour. I always hold my breath when the wind is so high. The pine trees have shallow roots.

Yesterday that strange urge took me over. I cleaned just about everything I could in the kitchen. I washed the pans on the wall, the old cast-iron ones from Griswold. I cleaned the top of the stove and the jars holding flour and the like. I cleaned out one of the cabinets. That was enough.

I have no plans for today. I need bread and a few other groceries. I was thinking I’d also take a ride as I haven’t gone on one for a while. The sun gives me a bit of energy, and I’d hate to waste it.

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6 Comments on ““For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Our leaves don’t tun until late November. However, October is baseball playoff season. Of course the Rangers are watching at the playoffs like me. 🙂 However, the other Texas Team the Astros are beating the Yankees in the 9th inning of game three. I don’t get excited until the divisional playoff games are over. I don’t understand how anyone can root for the Yankees, it’s like rooting for General Motors. 🙂

    We had light rain this morning but the skies cleared up during the day with a few thunderstorms in the distance. The high temperatures were in the low 90s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      By late November most of our trees will be bare of leaves. The pine do keep needles all winter so there is some greenery.

      October used to be Red Sox time, but not this year. They had a horrible season. The locker room is empty! I could never root for the Yankees, the evil empire.

      It wa in the 60’s today but stayed sunny. The sunset was so beautiful with bands of red across the sky.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        I’m a New Yorker and I can’t root for them. I was a Dodger fan until they moved to LA in 1958 and became a Met fan in 1961 when they came into the National league. Dodger fans hate the Yankees because the only time Brooklyn won the series against them was in 1955.

      • katry Says:

        They always used to best the Sox. We hated them for years, until 2004. That was when the Sox came back from 3 games down to win the next 4. It was so amazing, the first and only time in baseball history.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I hope the storm isn’t too bad. Good luck! Or as we would say: Keep your ears stiff! No fall storms here yet but after two hot and dry summers we worry about our trees too.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      We will get around an inch and a half of rain and will have heavy winds. The south shore, including the cape, will get the brunt of the storm.

      I like that: keep your ears stiff.

      We have had a lot of rain since August. There is no worry of a drought.


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