Pat Wahler

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Hello to My Old Friend October

The sky is a clear deep blue. The air is crisp and sometimes carries a whiff of smoke from burning brush or a fire pit. The scent of pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves makes me forget my diet to splurge on a delectable delicacy fresh from the oven.

Pumpkins a’plenty on my porch.

October is here, and I couldn’t be happier – at least I will be when the temperatures become more Octobery and less summery. Yet I have confidence my favorite month will not disappoint. It’s only a matter of time until all the sweet glory of fall delights my heart and soothes my soul. Even my pile of books to read is growing taller. Squirrel-like, I’m hoarding them for long chilly evenings.

In the meantime, there’s no question about October arriving at my house. I’ve put out the pumpkins, some orangeish-yellow mums, a colorful leaf-trimmed wreath, and candles. My Jim Shore Harvest Angels smile benignly down upon the room, presiding over the reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn which have been tucked everywhere.

I’m not a creative decorator, but I can find pretty things and then use them for inspiration. If that sounds like you, I’ve collected some little lovelies and posted them on my Pinterest Holiday Ideas page. Click  HERE to visit the link. Feel free to browse around a bit and maybe find something to help make your house shout (or at least whisper) “Welcome Fall”.

Can you tell I’m a sucker for this beautiful season? It’s time to go forth, decorate, make merry, and enjoy. If you haven’t done so yet, consider this my little nudge to get you moving.

Fall also kicks off the official Eating-Of-All-Things-Delicious. For me this features meals of soups, stews, and chili. October’s Easy-Peasy recipe is one I found for Stuffed Pepper Soup. It’s simple, delicious, and really does remind me of a stuffed pepper (without all the work). Check out the Easy-Peasy tab to find it and enjoy.

Happy October!

P.S. If you haven’t yet become a subscriber, you might want to sign up. As a thank you to my subscribers, I’ll randomly choose one winner for a $25 Amazon gift card as a way to thank you for your support on October 25. H’mm. Maybe you could use it to start another thing I love – getting ready for Christmas. 😉


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  1. October is my favorite month as well, Pat. Having grown up in New England, how could it be otherwise? Living in Georgia was a pretty good replacement as long as we made frequent mountain trips. But now, living in Florida, there is little in the way of autumn colors. Still, the weather has been blustery and perfect the last week, and the beach is always welcoming. I do miss the change of leaves, though. Some day I’ll go back through the Northern states and feed my soul with autumn there.

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Lisa, the beach is definitely a place where many (including myself) find peace and joy. Yet there’s something about the beauty of fall when the trees change color and the air becomes so inviting. Wish I could bottle the feeling!

  2. Lovely images stir in my head of October, my favorite month. And don’t forget all things cinnamon.

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Sheree, who can resist the scrumptious scents of fall? Now I want a Chai tea and a warm slice of pumpkin bread!

  3. I am thinking a trip to the craft store is in my future, after looking at your Pinterest board. The PNW brings colder temps and football games. Looking forward to
    checking out the recipes too.

    Linda and Astro

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Linda! Fall is so spectacular, so delicious, and so much fun. I’m glad you enjoyed the Pinterest goodies-I may be getting a tad bit addicted to those boards. 🙂

  4. Linda O'Connell

    October 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

    October speaks to my soul when the wind blows and the air is redolent with fall smells. Love this post. Now going to check that soup recipe.

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Linda, I agree with you one hundred percent.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe. Hubby and I sure did! 🙂

  5. Donna Volkenannt

    October 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    October is such a beautiful month in Missouri. Your decorations look fabulous, I bet.

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Well, I’m not sure about fabulous, Donna, but they make me happy. It’s fun to look at the incredibly beautiful things other people have created.

  6. Love this post, Pat! October is also my favorite month. I couldn’t help but smile while reading this!

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Sally, I know you’re a fellow lover of October and all things autumn. Sigh. Such a beautiful time of year. 🙂

  7. I’m a summer girl, through and through, BUT after the summer and after the spring, then I like fall best. 🙂

    (Though I AM partial to October, it being my birthday month and all. And I do mean all ’cause I sorta celebrate the whole month. Like tonight, my boys are taking me on a ghost walk. And my birthday’s not for a couple of weeks. 🙂 P.S. Boo, y’all!)

    • Pat Wahler

      October 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Happy early birthday, Cathy! My son and one of my grandsons are also October birthdays. My mom and dad were too, so Boo right back at you!

  8. I love autumn, even though a lot of raking is in my future! The exercise will hopefully offset the pumpkin-flavored everything I’m getting ready to eat!

  9. Pat–My favorite season is fall, so I’m going to be in heaven soon (when it cools down for good).

    • Pat Wahler

      October 5, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Sioux, bring on those delicious autumn temperatures. I’ll bet Radar and Winnie can’t wait either.

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