This morning as I look towards the east at the red/orange hue of the morning sky, I can tell it is going to be a grand day full of sunshine and other great things. There are still a spattering of colors throughout the yard left by flowers that are still hanging on til the frost nips it into its final sleep. The trees are full into their change of color before they too are lulled off for the winter. Their coats of yellow, brown and orange cover the still green grass in preperation for this act. The birds that frequent my bird feeders are active already fattening up for the months ahead as well as the local squirrels that horde all they can to line themselves with that extra layer of fat.... The cats have already begun to thicken not only from their extra food consumption but also from the increase of fur growth. The days are definately moving towards winter and colder times. It is hard to believe that in a few short days October will gracefully bow out and November will be upon us... The new year will start and the quiet time of winter will begin. I enjoy this time of year, except for the nasty weather that can sometime come with it. Although it is a time of quietness and reflection it is scattered with festive times of gathering of freinds and familys that help to warm the colder times. It is a time when the kitchen is always warm due to the constant use of the hearth (or stove). Kettles of stews are always found simmering or lucious cakes and cookies are baking. The smell of recently harvested apples can be sensed via the nose cooking slowly in a number of dishes such as fresh apple cake, Candy/Carmel Apples, Apple strusel pie, and even fresh apple cider. No wonder it is always the time of year when we manage to put on a few extra pounds. (But its all SOOOO good
Another sign of the end of October is the ending of Mrs. B's giveaways... Which today is a good one.. no really a great one.
Such things as A subscription to Witches & Pagans , A wonderful set of Recipe cards every girl should have, An adorable handmade doll with my name so of course I simply love it , and a beautiful pendant with a small feather. Being the bird lover I am I adore this as I am a collector of feathers myself.. Head on over to try your hand at winning some of the last treasures she will be giving away. I can promise you you will not be disappointed.