October – the beginning of the fourth and final quarter of the year. So much colour and texture about this month and I had great fun foraging about in the hedgerows collecting foliage.
For me it is a bit of the lull before the storm, the storm being the ‘frenzy’ that sets in around November with the countdown to Christmas. I want to make the most of this month to prepare for the ‘frenzy’ or at least try to keep the frenzy at bay by putting plans in place early.
Like most people now I am drawing the blinds and curtains early against the darker evenings and struggling with the darker mornings but at least I can look forward to some cosy evenings watching one or two of the new Autumn dramas on TV and a black and white film or two on the Talking Pictures channel.
As the garden will be demanding less and less of my attention once the tidying up is done I am going to use my time indoors to carry on with the major decluttering and creating a better run, more spacious household.
I will be pulling out a few new seasonal recipes to try, and hopefully finding lots of inspiration and ideas to fill both my sketchbook and Christmas notebook, and planning, planning, planning.
It is only 31 days so I will have to work fast on my intentions for this month as there is so much I would like to do. This is the list:-
I have been so busy during the summer I feel I have neglected myself . So I have booked a reflexology session and back massage with a voucher I have been given, a hair appointment and I will treat myself to a DIY home facial, pedicure and manicure
Put the finishing touches to my new streamlined winter wardrobe.
Now I am no longer working I want to use some of my new-found time filling my sketchbook with ideas and drawings and creating a lino cut for my Christmas card as well as making my Christmas gifts
The Artists book fair in Manchester is back at a new venue – a brilliant event.
I also intend getting out and about locally exploring nearby places closer to home
Meal planning using seasonal vegetables and trying some new supper recipes. Baking with the last of our home grown apples and buying the ingredients for my Christmas cake in readiness for next month
completing the house exterior, putting new shed in place and planting bulbs
rEAarranging and nEAtening
decluttering the kitchen – the final touches
recycle, reuse, reduce, recover, repair
Dealing with the limited cash flow, maintaining plenty of no spend days and finding free events and outings
Starting a new notebook specifically for my Xmas plans and ideas
(thanks to Slamseys Journal for the idea of using the foliage I had collected for my October picture).