Now that the smoke has cleared for the most part in our area, my daughter and I have been walking more. The weather has been warmer than normal for this time of year, and I love it. We have cool mornings and hot afternoons. I am soaking it in before it changes. It seems like seasons change overnight. One day it’s hot and sunny and the next chilly and raining.
Where I live there isn’t much to choose from for walking without driving a ways. I can either walk along the city streets or along a small stretch of canal that has a walking path. Most of the time, I pick the small path and just go up and down that. At least I’m not smelling car exhaust and there are muskrats, snakes, and ducks to watch. That’s a bonus. If I close my eyes and listen to the water, I can almost see myself in a forest by a stream. I like that thought. Too soon, they will shut off the water to the canal and it will be gone until next April or May.
September is a wonderful month here in Idaho. It starts to cool down, so you can actually go outside without melting into a puddle. I like to do walks and a bit of yard clean up in September. And then, there is…
October! Since I watch kids for a living (I also pet sit, but that is almost the same as having kids), October brings a lot of opportunity for discussion about seasons. Even though I detest the leaves falling and the trees looking dead, I have to admit that the fall colors are stunning. We do a lot of crafts with the leaves as well. October brings Halloween! I don’t think I’ve met a kid yet that doesn’t like Halloween. Again, there are a ton of craft and art ideas for the kids. It makes my life a little easier since it’s very easy to come up with activities!
October brings my birthday, which used to be fun when I was young. Now, it is just a little scary! I turned 58 yesterday. We celebrated by making bacon cheese burgers at home and having cake! I clogged my arteries and upset my digestive system all in one day! Go me! Still, it is a treat and only indulge once in a great while.
Here is a picture of the witch in me. My face looks incredibly long. It even scares me!
Here is a picture of the kids I watch. Their mom posted it to Facebook yesterday with a birthday greeting! I thought it was sweet of her. Time for me to get ready for work. Have a good Saturday, all!