Savoring October

 

October!!!  I made it to the best of the first months of glorious brilliant fall foliage, cool breezes and the quietening of summer.  Phew.  Now the question I ponder upon is how do I savor this blessed month? I already keep a journal and I take photos.  I document so much of my days in more than one notebook even though they seem mundane and nothing changes day in day out.

I guess I will try my very best to be mindful and in the moment.  This is a challenge since I'm thinking of the next thing I want to do or accomplish.

Inktober started yesterday!  I do love pens and ink the best (besides watercoloring).  I'm eager to return to a daily sketching habit.  My husband mainly does pastels and is now dabbling in colored pencil.  Oh I am a wannabe when it comes to colored pencil and it just doesn't jive with me.  I like the permanence of ink and the sloppiness of watercolor.  I'm also not patient enough to layer colors like he is.  

Thank you Mary for a great book recommendation.  This is the right book at the right time for me.

I did tons of highway riding knitting to and from Indiana so the first sock is done for another holiday gift.  I am knitting all the knits and enjoying each and every one.  I'll show you next week my sister's half finished sweater.  She wants me to finish it.  

How are you savoring October?  Daily walks?  Photography?  Eking out all the outdoor distant gatherings while you can? Baking pumpkin pies? I'd love for you to share in the comments.


Comments

  1. I like your fish sketch - large mouth bass? And that sock looks mighty nice. So far October has been grey and damp for us. BUT...we are only at day 2. I hope to get in plenty of Fall walks and do more archery. Last night I baked cookies. Now I'm dreaming of home made bread with home made soup or stew. Yum!

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  2. This is the month I've been waiting for all year long....and like you, I want to savor it because I know it's not here forever. Just 30 more delightful days!!! Our colors haven't changed as much as yours, but we're starting to see just a hint of color...every day prettier. Plan to spend a little time behind the lens today!!!

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  3. I'm also a big fan of your fish! Like Vera, we've had two grey and gloomy days in October, but I have even enjoyed them because it wasn't hot and humid. I'm looking for changes in nature on my walks and considering all the fall comfort foods I can make.

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  4. Watching the trees turn, drinking ALL the teas, knitting on fall themed projects.... that's how I'm spending October.

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  5. We are still in the throws of summer in the desert of AZ. Our mornings have become cooler though. November will be our fall month with nice crisp mornings and glorious sunny days. That inspire going for walks outside and taking day trips to see our gorgeous state. It begins the time we throw open our doors and windows to let in fresh air and the A/C is turned off for 5 months.

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  6. Love your fish! I hope you frame and display some of your work. I'm savoring October by being outside as much as possible, by trying not to eat my weight in candy corn, and by trying to learn to enjoy hot teas.

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  7. Inktober... I did not know about this! Thank you!

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  8. It is late spring here in New Zealand, my tulips are glorious and I see my tarragon has sent up fresh growth. I guess April down here would be your October, those lovely still fresh days before the temperature drops into winter. Just cool enough for hand knits to be worn.

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  9. Lots of tea I suppose to savor this fall and sleep, LOL.

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  10. I will just try to savor each day and find something glorious about the outdoors. I'm thinking we should make the most of the warmer days and eat lunch out on the deck. Also the fall flavors beckon - ginger, apples, pears, cinnamon, pumpkin.

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  11. I am enjoying the outdoors for as long as I can, taking time in the garden and the garden room. Harvesting for the winter months ahead.

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  12. Stunning outdoor photos. Autumn is truly beautiful and spectacular. We have had days of rain. My dogs and myself don't do rain so we haven't been walking every day . I hope to take some autumn photos soon.

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  13. October is the BEST month, isn't it! and I'm so glad you're loving the book. xoxo.

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  14. I've seen these Inktober samplings on a few blogs. I love the concept and your fish is fantastic! The shading is lovely. Love the green sock, too.

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  15. Will you be sharing your Inktober work, Karen? I look forward to seeing them! October is my favorite month. I've been spending a lot of time outdoors, planting daffodils and clearing up the gardens. This month I am also going to try to dry all the herbs I've grown over the summer. I didn't know your husband is an artist! I am beginning pastel lessons this Wednesday, wish me luck!

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