October Things

I love October for its shorter days and cooler temperatures. Yesterday was unseasonably hot (or perhaps climate crisis hot) and I took it a little personally. Thankfully, today has cooled.

I denned in for much of the weekend since I was not feeling well. I’m generally feeling better post surgery and anti-inflammatory diet, but I have days that are bad. They seem to be linked with barometric pressure and I feel it in my bones. I feel like a character from an Alice Hoffman or Katherine Howe novel these days. Where is my Physick book?

I’m wearing my 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods fragrance on repeat. It’s perfect for this time of year. And I’m bringing out the sweaters. I found a fine burgundy cashmere sweater by Joseph that had been pushed to the back of my closet. I love it when that happens since it’s like buying something new.

French lessons have been going well. I’d forgotten how complex it was with irregular verbs and masculine and feminine articles. Just learning how to order a meal in a restaurant properly is a task. But I’m really enjoying the process. And, thankfully, I remember most vocabulary from high school and university.

I restocked the pantry at Trader Joe’s. Lots of pumpkin spice was on order: Pumpkin Spice Roobois Tea, Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal, Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds.

I watched Inside Bill’s Brain on Netflix, which is about Bill Gates but is also about climate crisis, sanitation, and immunization. It’s a fascinating watch.

I’m diffusing Frankincense nightly, but what’s new?

I started reading The Dutch House. Ann Patchett is one of my favourite authors. She always tells a wonderful story and the slightly fairy-tale quality to the book is perfect for October.

I’m starting to plan our next adventure. I’m thinking that Amsterdam might be on the horizon. I’ve not been there and I feel the need to see art. The Goldfinch and The Dutch House are nudging me in that direction. Have you been?

I have not done any fall decorating yet since it’s been so warm. I don’t do a lot but I will put out some pumpkins before Thanksgiving. I leave Halloween decorating up to the kids at this point. I’m not sure how into it they will be. Last year, my daughter went to a concert in the city.

How have you been spending your October?



  1. Thank goodness for October weather (i.e. cooler temperatures and bright, sunny days). I am NOT a summer person at all, so when Sept/Oct rolls around, I’m a happy camper. Good luck with the French lessons! I used to be able to speak French almost fluently when I was in high school, but because I didn’t continue my lessons in college or university, I completely lost the ability to communicate in that language.


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