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01 October 2008 @ 09:46 am
It's October, Finally!  
October is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but also...



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.


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Maz (or foxxy!): St Michaeltuesdaeschild on October 1st, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Funnily enough I love October too! Over here in the South West of England summer doesn't go on all that long and the transition from summer to autumn seems quite sudden. But we do tend to have the leaves gradually changing colour before they start falling, although we've had a few windy days and there are quite a lot of leaves down already. And you're right about the air smelling different! It's crisp and cool and there's maybe a whiff of pine and wood smoke in the air.

We have a very English apple that's seasonal too. It's called a Russet and it's nothing to look at but it has a gorgeous flavour. It always reminds me of Christmas's when I was little because we just didn't get fancy fruit back then.

Lovely post, sweetheart! And that Halloween pic is adorably cute!! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 1st, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
One of the things I miss is the color-changing! We do get some of that eventually (late-October to November, when it cools off slightly), but that's after a lot of the leaves have simply fallen off because they're dead. I miss the prettiness of Fall (i.e., the "non-dead" version I grew up with).

Our Gravensteins range from light green to green/yellow with red striping. They occasionally have some brown, slightly warty skin, and are sometimes mealy-- which is why I think they're not popular down here. You can find them ANYWHERE in Oregon and Washington, because they grow well there and they taste incredible. They're a great sweet/sour combination, fantastic for pies or regular eating.

It always reminds me of Christmas's when I was little because we just didn't get fancy fruit back then.
We always got tangerines in our Christmas stocking, because we all loved them and they were hard to come by when I was growing up.

And that Halloween pic is adorably cute!! :)
:D It's almost disturbing in its cuteness. And wrongness. :D
Maz (or foxxy!): St Michaeltuesdaeschild on October 6th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
They're a great sweet/sour combination, fantastic for pies or regular eating.

A rather versatile apple, huh? Our Russet is just an eating apple really, and it's rather boring and bland to look at but fabulously juicy!

We always got tangerines in our Christmas stocking, because we all loved them and they were hard to come by when I was growing up.

So did we! Along with nuts and little chocolates and a long pencil with a clawed hand at one end that was known as a back-scratcher...handy thing! Fresh fruit really was a luxury back then and were inevitably seasonal. Now you can get what you want all year round...it just isn't the same, is it? :(

It's almost disturbing in its cuteness. And wrongness. :D

*giggles* It really is! :)