Monday, October 13, 2008

October Thoughts

what a harvest ... what to do with all those lovely pumpkins and gourds? READ ON !!!

These ideas come courtesy of SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy (although when the stress of living up to all this goodness overwhelms me, I wonder ... how much "comfort and joy" am I getting out of it?! LOL)

* Create a seasonal table. Set aside one small space on which to arrange an autumnal still life: wheat sheaves, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn (is that politically correct, calling it that?), or bittersweet (um, what's bittersweet?!), with bouquets of dried flowers and preserved autumn leaves.

** Pumpkins make attractive natural vases for autumn bouquets. Scoop out the center as you would for a lantern and fill with a damp oasis (the floral sponge) cut to size. Arrange jewel-tone flowers, preserved leaves, and vines in the oasis for a long-lasting arrangement. Occasionally test the oasis to see if you need to add more water.

*** Dress up for Halloween (this is MY favorite - I just love a good costume!), or at least find yourself a wonderful mask to wear when opening the front door.

**** (Depending on where you live in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone) This is the month to plant crocus, daffodils, and tulips outdoors for next spring's season of showing off.

***** If you live in a four-season climate (lucky you!), take a Sunday drive in the country to revel in Mother Nature's flamboyant fancy dress. Pack a picnic. Linger as long as you can.

****** Mull cider and/or wine on the weekends for an autumn cup of cheer; especially delightful after raking leaves! The best mulling spices I've ever found (that's Sarah Ban Breathnach talking) are the Williams Sonoma brand, available from their shops and catalog.

And ... there you have it. October thoughts to celebrate the season. Enjoy -- D.

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