Even so, I've been making a point to enjoy these beautiful October days. I'm grateful for all the warm weather and the sunshine.
Every day I'm also grateful for these sweet dogs. They bring so much joy. Laughter. Adventure. Exercise. Play. (And, of course, love). They know how to savor the day without worries and I often think I should pay more attention and follow their lead.
We've been making a point of getting out in nature more and not just walking in the neighborhood. It's so easy to get stuck in a routine, in the day-to-day, to forget to explore and play.
When we lived in the city we escaped to the woods regularly. Now that we're in a small town we don't feel the need as badly, but it's still there. I remember it as soon as I'm back amongst the tall trees.
We're fortunate to have a park that's just a few blocks away where we can ramble.
I was so reluctant for autumn to arrive. Not that I ever have any choice in the matter. But lately, even on the cold and grey days, I felt at peace with it. We gave in on the coldest days and turned on the heat. Home felt cozy. My plants in the windows.
Soup on the stove. Muffins or bread baking. Blankets. Quilts.
Frost arrived and the flowers in my garden are mostly gone now. I was glad to be able to bring in a few last bouquets.
My mom brought me a vase full of irises from her garden, cut before the frost. I couldn't resist painting one.
I've found that it's so much easier to create when I'm filled up with beauty, when I'm focused on noticing and savoring daily graces. Getting out in nature or the garden nurtures creativity. It's true even if you're not an artist. Ideas flow after immersing yourself in beauty. Ideas for meals you want to cook or for ways to cozy up your home. Problems seem to shrink and solutions come more readily.
Sometimes I forget how important it is. But I'm remembering now.
I have to say that I agree with Anne Shirley when she says
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."What about you? What simple joys and beauties have you been appreciating this month? Do you find inspiration and ideas flow more readily when you're focused on joy?