Two months ago, when we were in the worst of the summer heat and misery, the thought of October was like a distant dream. Would it ever be chilly enough for sweaters, hats? Would there even be pumpkins after this drought? Would autumn ever come?
The answer, happily, is yes! We’ve been busy with Autumn fun lately— there seem to be tons of autumn birthdays among my family and friends, and there is just a more festive feel to life in general.
On Saturday we went to our favorite English Pub in Tulsa (The White Lion) and my brother and my husband celebrated their birthday— they were born on the same day, well– 8 or so years a part! They’re both very beardy, aren’t they? And both love the amazing chocolate cake that is a house special at The White Lion. Will got his standard bangers and mash, and I tried a Cornish pasty with chips (so, fries to we Yankees). It was really good!
On Sunday our church celebrated The Feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals– many Catholic, Anglican and Episcopal church hold one of these special services to honor the faith and unconditional love of pets in honor of St. Francis, who was all about the critters. This was Franklin’s first blessing, and both dogs behaved very well! They seem to like choral music too 😉
Seeing the church all bedecked in candles with beautiful artwork all around was wonderful– for the first time I could really feel a sense that the holidays and all those special occasions of the end of the year are close at hand! It was also really fun to see so many dogs at the blessing– from tiny toy pooches to Great Danes and Greyhounds. So cute!
And I can’t mention autumn without mentioning knitwear! Hurray, the season is here once again! I got to bring out my Secret Garden knit hat and matching wristlets that a friend made me and I was so happy! I would be happy living in perpetual autumn. It’s got everything I need!
And of course since the season is here, it must be decorated for! A few days ago I ‘officially’ brought out all my Halloween things and put them out to enjoy. To decorate the mantle I used the gold star banner I had made for my craft show booth as well as some Martha Stewart eyelash yarn I found at Michaels! Also got some battery powered candles to safely give off that candlelit glow. Love how it all looks!
So….that is how I am enjoying October so far. How are you enjoying this merry month? Do you have anything special planned?
Well, I have tons to get finished on the art table, so I must dash!
Til next time,