Sunny October Day

Did you know that someone has invented “Mother-In-Law Day“. I did not know anything about it until I received a Happy Mother-In-Law day missive from Lares. What a surprise!

Terra stopped by today on her lunch break. She seems to be doing very well. She approves of how much unpacking and settling we have done. It is still amusing, that my daughter deems to approve of what I am doing, and choses to share that assessment with me. She does not approve of how much stuff we have, admonishing me for having too many belongings, and informing me that I do not need all of the stuff that I have. This too is still amusing. Attila and I will do as we please, she knows that.

The weather is lovely today, sunny and nippy. Attila took this opportunity to get out the extension ladder and prune the dead branches from the crabapple tree in the front yard. The seasonal yard waste pickup is this week, so we can bundle the branches, put the bundles out at the curb, and they will be taken away.

I am baking today, another fruit crisp. Yesterday I made peanut butter oatmeal cookies, and they are a big hit with Attila. He doesn’t eat a meal during the night, when he is on night shift, he does however have a few sweet things during his break, with his coffee. I love to bake, so this is working out rather well.

I like the night shift. I got a very good night’s sleep last night. I slept so well that I was still sleeping when Attila arrived home. He sleeps during the day, and it is very nice to have him here, tucked away in the bedroom, while I putter about the house.

Attila arose from his rest in the late afternoon, in plenty of time to mow the front and back lawns. After completing the back lawn he took a break, and came to grab me for a “sit” on the back porch.

It was a grand day for the end of October, and it was lovely out there, the sun shining, the light breeze blowing. The leaves are off our ash trees now, and the bare branches glittered with filaments of light, as the sun caught the hundreds of gangling spider webs woven through the branches. I am not a fan of spiders, but I have to admit, it was a beautiful sight. I haven’t noticed any increase in the number of spiders about the place, so perhaps this takes place every autumn, and we just have not been here to see it.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

8°C
Date: 4:00 PM EDT Monday 26 October 2015
Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 103.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 8.4°C
Dewpoint: -0.6°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: S 9 km/h

Quote

“The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.”
George Bernard Shaw
1856 – 1950

Exactly! 🙂

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12 Responses to Sunny October Day

  1. WendyNC says:

    Maggie, I love the Shaw quote. I’m not sure it’s quite applicable to me (seems I still get lots wrong), but I still approve the sentiment.

    It sounds as if you did, indeed, have a lovely day. Here’s wishing you many more of the same.

  2. NORA says:

    Maggie, It is so nice to read how sweet it is that you and Attila are together again and enjoying each other so very much. One little cozy nest now. So much in the past. Yay!

    The spiders sound interesting as long as they decide to stay outside! I imagine the birds will be happy to gobble them up.

    Your former kitchen table reminded so much of baking. Every time you mention something you’ve baked I can almost smell it.

    Happy-Mother-In-Law Day. I never knew either but it’s about time. Cheers!

  3. stevepaulsimms says:

    If I had a mother-in-law I might wish her a Happy Day. Or not. Don’t think she was terribly nice. Neither of my ex-mothers-in-law were either, quite apart from my shortcomings as a son-in-law. But I know you’re very nice, so Happy Mother-in-law Day!

    Laughed at Terra’s ‘approval.’

    I’d like to borrow the Shaw quote, with due acknowledgement, but will await your approval first. I have found it to be true in most cases. On those occasions when I have second-guessed myself on a movie or book or play I had immediately assumed to be a waste of time, I almost always wish I had followed my first instinct.

  4. I too like the Shaw’s words Wendy! The universe is chock full of truths, all as different as snowflakes, and mine is as good as anyone else’s, as is everyone’s.

    Thanks for the good wishes, hoping you and yours are experiencing wonderful days in your neck of the woods!

  5. Nora, I must be pretty tired tonight, I am mixing up all kinds of things, and not just in the kitchen. I am only seeing the strands of web so far, garlands in the trees. No spiders; I may have spoken too soon, I sure hope not!

    I love to bake, and always have done. Tonight’s rendition is a crisp made with a mixture of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries. It is a good combination!

    I am tickled that my son-in-law brought it to my attention. Like Terra, he is a sentimental sort of fellow. Very sweet.

  6. Thank you Steve-Paul! I am lucky, my present Mother-In-Law is very nice, and I will try to remember next year to send her a card.

    Terra is sweet, full of concern for our well-being. It is kinda sweet, and kinda funny too.

    I am sure Mr. Shaw would be honoured if you quoted him, so please do. I know what you mean about first instincts being fairly accurate. I can get myself into all kinds of complicated situations when I use logic to override instinct or intuition; finding the balance between the two can be challenging.

  7. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Our ash trees are also barren, now. They’re always the first to lose their leaves around here.

    Attila reminds me of DH. In the morning DH seldom has a normal breakfast, preferring peanut butter toast, pie or cookies – though he normally eschews those things any other time of day.

  8. This is the first year we have been here during the period of time that the trees loose their leaves. The ash trees lost their leaves first, and I worried that the Emerald Ash Borer might have caused a problem for them. It is a relief to hear that they lose their leaves first where you are Teri, and that is probably what happened here as well.

    There does seem to be a similarity between the fellows. Attila does not usually eat sweets, but has specific times of the day when he enjoys them. The new night shift experience is revealing a new “time of day for sweets” for Attila, his middle of the night lunch break.

  9. I like that Attila came and got you for a ‘sit’ on the porch. It must be love.

  10. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    With the ash trees, better let you know that at least our ash trees are one of the last to get their leaves too. We’re always wondering if our tree died, as it’s so slow in getting its leaves in the spring.

  11. It is the little things, isn’t it Kate. It just doesn’t get any better in my book.

  12. That is good to know as well Teri, I was here during the spring and worried about the trees. I won’t be concerned next spring when our ash trees don’t seem to be budding into leaf with the rest.