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- A. A. Milne

Monday, October 19, 2009

October Is The Best Month Because (#206)

1- Summer’s heat is gone - replaced by pleasant days and cool, almost cold nights. The air smells cleaner and feels lighter.

2- All the major North American sports seasons overlap. On any given day one can watch baseball, hockey, basketball or football. Sometimes, in an eyeball-bending orgy of remote control button mashing, one can watch eight or more games a day. (Not recommended for the casual sports fan. Sprains are common and hernias not unheard of.)

3- Mosquitoes are history ‘til June.

4- The fall colours are spectacular. October is the month in which Mother Nature reverts to childhood and finger paints her world. The lush green of the past several months still exists but now it’s in patches, surrounded by gleeful splashes of yellow, orange, red and brown.

5- Rainbow trout (Steelhead) start staging at the mouths of creeks that empty into the Great Lakes. There are few prettier sights than a crimson-slashed, sliver slab of finned muscle leaping at the end of one’s line.

6- The crowds thin out along my favourite walking paths. The salmon run is over (finally!). Ben and I start having stretches of creek and field to ourselves again.

7- The falling leaves make bird-spotting an easier task.

8- Children are settled back into school. Adults (who don’t teach for a living) seem to be in better humour. Probably not a coincidence.

9- The cool, nearly-cold nights make sitting around a fire more than just a pleasant indulgence. It awakens ancient, dna-deep memories of huddling around flames when doing so was necessary to stay alive.

10- It’s a time of plenty. The last harvests are coming in. Mason jars and other canning equipment appear on store shelves. I don’t “put up” jams or tomatoes or that sort of thing myself but I like to think others are. It reminds me of my youth when my mother and grandmothers prepared goodies that would last through the winter months.

11- Halloween.

12- There’s still two full months before having to panic about Christmas shopping.

41 comments:

Hilary said...

You almost make that second one sound enticing. But I know better. I couldn't agree more about number 4 and you absolutely do make it sound beautiful. By #11, you really mean the treats.. admit it! And even better than #12 is that there's only 8 more months until summer!

I'll add one. Belly-warmers on those cool, colourful walks. I'm looking forward to sharing that next one with you. :)

Bruce Robinson said...

Makes me want to go outside, like I needed another reason beyond active trout.

thanks, again.

Leah J. Utas said...

I already love fall and the harvest, but if I didn't your words would have turned me.

Barbara Martin said...

I love autumn after the humidity and heat of summer, preferring to wear a jacket and cords in crisp cool air. On a walk last evening I went to the library to drop off book donations to find on the way back the temperature had dipped enough that I wish I had taken gloves along. Glorious to smell the smoke from a fireplace first lit in the season.

Charlie said...

You forgot that October is the month in which myself, my daughter, and my eldest granddaughter were born.

It is indeed the best time of year. ;)

Skunkfeathers said...

October seems to be the medium between the heat of summer and the extreme cold of winter. It is a pleasant, transformative time.

I've never gotten a hernia watching football. Yet ;)

Thumbelina said...

#4 I couldn't agree more.
#3- absolutely!

#8 - over this side of the Pond too. Much better humour.

I mostly love it for the colours though.
Glad to see you got ober you cobe? You gib it to me doh. hmph. achoo.
scuse me.

Ray Veen said...

This was truly a wonderful list, Frank. Is it going in a book? Because I could read stuff like this for hours.

Elizabeth Guy said...

"Amen, brother," sayeth I as I remove a pumpkin pie from the oven.

Frank Baron said...

Hil, I'll grant you #11. Grudgingly. But buying 100 chocolate bars when I really only expect about 25 kids is simply being prudent. Better safe than sorry and all that.... :)

You're welcome again, Bruce. Always nice to hear from you. :)

Leah, your keyboard has a silver tongue. Godblessya'. ;)

Barbara, I sure agree about the whiff of wood smoke on a cool/cold day. Few things are more pleasurable and comforting. Thanks for the visit. :)

Mea culpa, Charlie! And Hippo Birdie to you and your kin. And here's to many, many more. :)

Musn't get cocky Skunkfeathers. Build up to it gradually. Start with four-five games over a 16 hour span before moving up to the heavy-duty stuff. And don't forget to warm up first! You don't want to be the first guy on your block to need a truss before reaching for his remote.

Sorry about the cold, Thumbelina. Guess I should have suggested washing your eyes after reading. My bad...Hope you feel better soon.

Gosh dang it, Ray! If you weren't destined to be a Famous Novelist, I'd want you to be my agent! Maybe in the next life, eh?

Mmmmm, Elizabeth. I do believe I can smell it from here! :)

Reb said...

You had to go there didn't you? You couldn't just have stopped at #11. No, you had to remind us all to put on our thinking caps and figure out what to gift everyone with this year. You couldn't have just left us smelling a nice toasty fire? Or bubbling berries? Or listening for "trick or treat" being yelled at the door?

Great list though Frank!

The Unbreakable Child said...

:smiling at Rob's response: Frank, a beautiful picture and you sound bleesed in your enviroment. Truly is the most colorful and giving of seasons.
x0

The Unbreakable Child said...

eeps! correct that spelling for me, wouldya, Frank? :D

Frank Baron said...

Sorry, Reb. Sorta. And thanks. :)

Sorry, Kim. I like being "bleesed." Never have been before - and it feels pretty darn good. ;)

Dianne said...

Christmas? what is this Christmas thing that you speak of?

I am wrapped in a quilt watching TV with a toddy in my hand

life is good

let Santa do the rest

The Things We Carried said...

Here is this thoughtful, relaxing post (which my husband would dearly appreciate, thanks to your number 2) and then I read #12:)! Hilarious! I am already in a panic, but my husband waits until the 24th of December to allow the panic to over take him and force him to the mall! Great ending!

Frank Baron said...

Dianne, hope you're feeling better by now. (If you continued with the toddies, I'm sure you are.) :)

Meredith, I used to emulate your husband but I found the Dec. 24th shopping expeditions were getting too darn stressful. These days, I start around the 21st and take it easy. :)

Ladyluck said...

Yeah...about #2 (not so sure we're on the same page on this one) and #12 (see comment on #2).

Great post.

Kappa no He said...

Yes to all. A little iffy on 2. But, mostly, yes to all!

Frank Baron said...

Thanks Ladyluck. I appreciate the visit. :)

Really, Terrie? Iffy on #2? There seems to be a gender bias at play here.... ;)

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