Changes in the season and temperature occurred as soon as I flipped the calendars over to October. Yesterday, I started out by wearing shorts and then had to don some socks in the afternoon. By evening time, I was cuddling under a lap robe while resting in my recliner. Today, the sweats are on and we had hot soup for lunch! We’re too frugal to turn on the heat just yet.
The brisk fall air has arrived, and a look outside our cottage shows the changes occurring. We have a couple of trees that have jumped the gun on their color changes, and the rest are beginning to show initial signs. As we begin the month, we think ahead of where we will be at the end of the month. In our thoughts, we are jumping ahead too.
We have just learned that the buyers for our home want an extension on their contingency contract. We don’t know how much longer they want, but we’ll find out later on today. We wish we could get on with the business of selling, moving, building, and moving again. We want to get settled into a new chapter in our lives, yet the current chapter doesn’t seem to want to end any time too soon. I have to have faith that it is all working out for the best. But, I still pause and utter a a frustrated “grrrrr” under my breath.
Impatient? Why, yes! I have enjoyed our cottage homestead for 16 years, with one full retirement year in the mix. It has been joyful to see four full seasons pass without the distractions and stress from working outside the home. But, my eyes are on the clock and the calendar, wondering when we can say goodbye and have a new beginning.
We had planned to be frantically packing this month and making all the selling and moving arrangements. Now, we have to rethink our goals for the month. Raking and mulching leaves will certainly be on the list. The flower beds will need to be cleaned out. There will be time to do some more decluttering activities. Perhaps I can get an early start on some handmade Christmas gifts. We will be getting flu shots toward the end of the month. Along the way, I will be working to improve my bum left knee because it is really starting to annoy me, LOL.
It will be an interesting month because these are interesting times. The national financial mess has been coming to a head for quite some time. Adjustments will be in order for people, businesses, and our government. Heaven help them all in making smart choices. It will be fascinating to watch as it all unfolds.