Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Embracing the Season

Have you ever felt so completely excited and inspired, and well, just overwhelmed by the indescribable beauty and magic of the season? Like your head is just spinning with inspiration, and you want to embrace every single bit of autumnal, Halloweeny goodness?

Maybe I'm still floating on a Ghoultide high...But I just want to soak it all up, and revel in the magic of the season, you know?

Pumpkins and mums have taken their place on the front walkway and porch, after a recent visit to this local farm market...

$2.99 for those gorgeous potted mums, and we also came away with gourds and pumpkins, and a jar of home-canned pickled veggies. At the house, scented candles burn, soup simmers, and there's an endless pot of tea at my elbow as the last few Halloween pieces of the season near completion. In the evenings, it's just chilly enough to wear a knitted wrap as a few chapters are devoured before bedtime. This is the one I'm reading now (witches, vampires and daemons at the Bodleian Library), and I'm hoping to finish it soon, so I can start this next one before Halloween.

Commissions and a few new Etsy pieces dominate the work schedule over the next couple of weeks, but there's plenty of time for play as well. Our daughter and niece are hosting a 30th anniversary party for John and I this weekend, and my friend Ann arrives from South Carolina next week. We'll be planning next year's road trip (yay!), along with seeing some of the local sights, doing a bit of shopping, lots of laughing, and joining friends Jen and Joanne for dinner. (Look for lots of Lancaster County autumn pics next week!)

Saturday, October 22 is a wicked cool Halloween blog party, hosted by the fabulous Vanessa Valencia, of A Fanciful Twist. Click here for details.

The last weekend of the month is Cabin Ladies weekend. Regular readers may remember this is a thrice annual, long weekend at one of Pennsylvania's beautiful state parks. Anywhere from 6-8 dear friends, good food, good wine, good conversation, board games, knitting, reading, walking, and generally enjoying the company of other interesting women. No TV, no computers and no husbands. Just what the Dr. ordered after the whirlwind of activity these last few months. :)

And of course, there's Halloween!! And oh my - I must buy more candy this year! We went through twelve bags last year, and ran out about twenty minutes early (our little Borough sets a 6-8:00 time limit on trick-or treating - I know, Bah Humbug, right?) I so love seeing all the kidlets in their costumes. Reminds me of when mine was little, and we'd plan the most elaborate costumes months ahead...such wonderful memories!

Eek, I think I'm rambling, hehe. ;)

It's getting late, and if I'm not careful, I'll turn into one of those much loved pumpkins. So it's goodnight for now, and I'll be back soon with more autumn tales, and more Halloween work to share.

In the meantime, I hope you're finding magic and joy in the season, and I wish you warm, October blessings this Hunter's Moon night...

Until next time,
♥ Carolee


Gerry said...

Carolee, I just wanted to let you know that I received my print from your giveaway. ***IT IS WONDERFUL***

Thank you so very much! Gerry

Jenah said...

I am so completely the same. It's like all of a sudden I feel all tingly and excited when Autumn gets here! It is a beautiful, magical time of year! I have been trying to get my hands on Miss. P's peculiar children book! I may have to buy it! Happy Autumn! :)