"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
~Anne of Green Gables
Notes from last year's calendar page...
Looking back at last year's calendar page, I see that the first day of October didn't start out so well. I had written, "We began the day in the vet clinic with our sick Millie. Diagnosis: Tick fever. An anti-inflammatory injection had her up and about by the time we got home."
One week after Millie got sick, things seemed to be improving greatly. "There were at least a half-dozen hummers here throughout the day. We worked a bit in the new Shanty Garden before going for a Sunday drive to the mountain. We took our lunch. Millie is eating a lot now, so surely she is getting better. She is barking at the coyotes as I write ~ sweet music!"
On the 13th, "We built our first fire of the season in the stove." Then, I had added, "This year may be remembered as the Year the Hummingbirds Stayed." By the 15th, our high temperature for the day was only 48 degrees. "It was a cold, damp walk over the hill, so I brought out the old green wool coat."
Our first frost was on the 21st. "Two little hummers are still here! They are going to freeze their tales off." Then I seemed to be chastising myself for not getting more done. " I blogged this morning - such a waste of time I guess, but it forces me to write, which is good. I must get organized, clean up and get the Christmas dolls finished." But, it seems I didn't take myself too seriously for I ended by writing, "We went walking, looking for ginseng on the hill. Millie loved it."
It was not until the 23rd that the last two little hummers finally headed south, "Another oh-so-lovely fall day. There were two little hummers here this morning and again just before dark. One clinging to each of the two feeders, drinking long and hard as though their lives depended on it."
The next day, I concluded ~ "I hope the last two little hummers are faring well on their flight south. I saw no little hummers today. Farewell and safe travels."
What is there not to love about October? A friend of mine once said, "It's like every leaf is celebrating." How sweet that is... I think we shall be celebrating this glorious month right along with all those wonderful leaves.
Listen the wind is rising
And the air is wild with leaves
We have had our summer evenings
Now for October Eves!