How is your October so far? It finally feels like Fall around here and I couldn't be happier!
We were having little spurts of heat here and there that made some days feel like August.
For the past week it's been cool and frosty and I'm wearing my boots. No turning back now. I'm just waiting for the day I can dig out my infinity scarf.
Once I put that thing on I don't take it off until March!
I've been waking up extra early lately. I'm not sure why. Usually this time of year when the house is chilly it's more difficult to drag myself out of my warm bed. I think maybe it's because I'm in a different place now. The seasons are changing like they always do, but it's a new experience for me this year.
Everyday is a discovery ♥
I hear different sounds now. I hear birds and animals from the woods in the backyard. I can hear squirrels and chipmunks and deer, and footsteps of I'm not sure what....but in my mind all the animals are cute Disney-like creatures that only want to love me. That was not the case Saturday morning when John and I found a mouse in the basement! He must have wandered in when someone left the garage door open. He was gray with a long tail and not very Disney-like. Although in his or her defense I did not stick around long enough to get a good look. Nope! I screamed and ran up the stairs so fast I'm surprised I didn't leave a trail of rubber! John was my protector until we got Rob, who chased it around the room with his hockey stick and saved the day.
I enjoy creatures from afar....but not inside the house. Maybe we should get a cat : )
Speaking of cats (and dogs), this neighborhood has tons of dog walkers. There are at least 5 people I see from my window, passing by walking dogs in the morning from 5 -6 am. Everyday.
I'm getting used to their routines. I enjoy seeing the familiar faces. Some of the dogs are so cute!
See what I mean about different experiences. It's all good though. I have my coffee, a view, new neighbors, and a hockey stick.
Life is good ♥
Anywaaay, here are a few things that made me happy this week....
On Saturday we went to our town's annual pumpkin fest! It was a fun day....until it started raining. Glad we got to pick our pumpkin first!
And John got to meet Sponge Bob, which was quite thrilling (for him : )
I love that he still gets excited about things like this. I'll be sad when this phase passes.
Sunday we got up and out for a little shopping.
How beautiful are these pumpkin displays?!
I made my first chicken pot pie of the season.
It was so good! I had the last piece for lunch today. I really enjoy a hot lunch this time of year.
I also dusted off my bread machine and made French bread. Am I the only one who still uses a bread machine? It's so wonderful to have fresh, warm bread with dinner! And the machine does all the work! It's a win win!
(I think I could live on bread alone....just sayin')
I made a second loaf on Monday with this recipe for Susan Branch's bread & butter pudding in mind....
I left work early today to pick John up at school. I made the pudding while he did his homework.
It was the perfect day for it!
Cold and windy and I was freezing.
The secret to this recipe is you butter the bread. Yes. Butter the bread.
That combined with the yummy custard mixture of milk, cream, eggs, and vanilla....makes for heaven on Earth.
Are you feeling better yet?
In 40 minutes you will have "cozy in a bowl". Serve warm with whip cream.
Seriously, this was my dinner. And I'm not even sorry.
Actually, I'm thinking of going back for just one more bite before I go to bed.
You do that too, right?
Of course you do! ♥
And just a little while ago Rob reminded me that Halloween is two weeks from tonight!!
It's almost here!
Tomorrow I'm off to the doctors for my annual mammogram.
Not my favorite thing, but absolutely necessary ♥
I'll feel relieved when it's over!
Happy random October, friends! What's new with you?