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Thursday, October 1, 2009 |
Welcome October!
{photos of our home last year}
This is my favorite month of the year. It's a season with many celebrations but there is very little commercialism involved. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and all that it {really} celebrates, but there is a rather large amount of stress and expectations that come just before and after the special day.
For the past many years my husband and I have hosted an Oktoberfest at our home. It's become an annual event and our friends begin asking in August for the date. I've been working on the menu as well as the the decorations for both indoors and out. I really enjoy this "holiday". I love the eclectic group of friends we have and how we all meld together so well.
We will also be attending a few of the fall festivals in our area. They feature local artisans and chefs. I love supporting our local community and the unique talent it offers. One of my new favorites is the Food Stroll a few towns over. It never fails to be an incredible evening.
I celebrated the first day of October with a yummy pumpkin spice Green Mountain Coffee from a sweet local restaurant this morning. I left a few minutes early so that I could run in for my treat ~ it was so worth it!
We awoke to a very chilly start this morning. It was hard slipping out from the warmth of my down comforter. I always forget how cold hardwood floors are in the fall and winter months.
I am actually wearing a light wool sweater today ~ yes, it's that cold! Due to the special event {October} I donned my J Crew cable knit in chocolate brown. I love the colors of fall.
As I'm typing this, my husband is building our first fire of the season and I have a pot of Spicy Chicken Chili on the stove simmering away.
Hope you all had a great day as well!
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New England Girl said...

Ooh, I just love this month!! :) We're going to our counties Oktoberfest on Saturday and I am so excited for it! It sounds like you've had a wonderful first of the month. :)

Queen B. said...

oooo i love that book swap idea.
and thanks for the spinach,chicken stromboli tip. HELLO ! I can't believe I didn't think of that ...
your house sounds soooo cozy !!!!!

EntertainingMom said...

happy october!!! i spent my day running errands, schlepping kids to and from school and sports and getting a mammogram (joy!) but must tell you that it ended with a mulled cider! it was div-I-ne!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

You sound like you are going to have a busy and lovely October.
I loved the thought of a fire warming your house and dinner cooking.

Happy October.


Laura said...

What wonderful fall plans you have.
I am inspired,


The Things We Carried said...

Fabulously beautiful over here. Is that your front door? very welcoming and warm. This is my favorite time of year too! Love the warm colors, spices, and clothes!

The Things We Carried said...

PS Thanks for your kindness at my blog!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Jo, thanks for entering my giveaway! I love this month too, it's so pretty this time of year and the air is crisp. Sounds like you had a great day! Thanks again for stopping by, Kristen

Rachael said...

Sounds perfect for Fall!!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Wow! Can I come, it sounds like so much fun! ;-) That soup in the pumpkin looks delicious....

Sandy Toes said...

OH..I love October first...your pictures make me want to put on a fire and go get a pumpkin spice latte!
sandy toe

Beth Dunn said...

I just made chili and had a fire!!! Great minds... xoxo

Kacey said...

I love it! Fire in the fireplace, hot soup on the stove. Yummm. What a warm cozy reminds me of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel.
Sounds like you have such a lovely month planned. I'd love to know what you have planned for your Oktoberfest.

I think I'm in the mood to go make pumpkin spice cake now so my house can smell good too!

Happy October!

Melissa Miller said...

It sounds like a magical day Jo!

Many blessings and Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

annechovie said...

Sounds so cozy, Jo. October is one of my favorite months. Even though it's still in the 80's here, the humidity has lessened and the light is changing.

Tracey said...

Oooo that coffee sounds divine! It's been quite cool here too, but you make October sound so cozy and wonderful!!

:) T

CarolinaGirl said...

Your home is to die for! I love everything. I need you to come to FL and decorate my house.

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