It's Halloween Month too! \o/
One of the hardest things about leaving Oregon for me has been losing the feeling of 'Fall.' In Illinois, Fall lasts about 2 weeks between winter and summer, and you never know which two weeks they'll be. In Sacramento... it's similar, but if you blink you might miss it.
Growing up, Fall used to be a tangible season. The days became clear and crisp, the leaves changed color and started dropping off of trees, and the air smelled different. Where I live now, summer goes on forever with its endless heat and dryness, and things gradually start dying. After awhile, you might notice that there are lots of dead leaves on the ground-- but since the temperature has been relentlessly 90+ for months on end (and still is), this doesn't seem odd. Finally, October looms on the horizon and you suddenly realize that all the dead plant-life indicates something other than the side-effect of blazing heat. :(
On Sunday, I remembered that dead leaves mean we've entered the brief window where I can buy Gravenstein apples from the single grocery store chain that carries them around here. $1 an apple this time, but it's worth it! I'll have the chance for maybe one more trip before they're gone. Seriously, I should have looked into planting my own tree years ago, but I didn't realize that variety would always be so scarce around here.