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Pizza = salty = middle four

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yesterday was another lovely day -- thoroughly enjoyed my jaunt to the art gallery, which is a log cabin structure set in a marvellous wooded ravine with window views echoing the subjects of the Canadian landscape paintings.

However, the day ended with pizza!! Well within my calorie range . . . . but this morning I did weigh in at 140, up from the 138 where I've been sitting for some weeks.

Not a big increase, and I'm thinking it's because the pizza was pretty salty stuff . . . but I'll be keeping a close eye on it. And getting my weight back down to a middle number 3 asap!!

(Size six jeans still fitting very comfortably . . . so I'm not worrying a whole lot!)

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DSHONEYC 10/25/2011 4:55PM

    Size 6 jeans? I would be happy with size 10 right now...the 12s are snug and 14's more confortable. You sure have impressed the "SparkWorld" with your trimness. I bet you don't have to wear Mom Jeans, huh?

Great going, Ellen! And don't get any skinnier or the great Canadian wind might blow you away.

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_LINDA 10/25/2011 1:23AM

    As I don't get pizza, I don't have the experience, but for sure its the high salt..size 6 is just plain awesome!!
This sounds like an awesome gallery -what a place to have lanscape paintings!! I would love to see it some day, what was your favorite painting or what caught your eye the most by what artist? I would be curious to know..

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NANCY- 10/24/2011 9:11AM

    isn't it amazing what salt can do?
Thank heavens with water and time it will flush out of your system, and everything will return to your normal.

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KALIGIRL 10/24/2011 8:42AM

    Amazing what a little salt can do...

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PHEBESS 10/23/2011 4:16PM

    I usually retain water with pizza - scale goes up a few lbs the day after pizza, but the next day the scale is back to normal. The sauce, the cheese, and I usually have half a slice with sausage (my compromise) so that's salty too.

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SBHPATRICK 10/23/2011 2:16PM

    Eh, pizza is a part of life - or it always will be a part of my life. :) Size six jeans = awesome!

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LATTELEE 10/23/2011 11:47AM

  I found that if I eat a salad with my pizza, I do not gain.

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Lovely Day

Friday, October 21, 2011

Had lunch today with two business/professional colleagues who are also good good friends: we were "debriefing" after a file we'd worked on together. Great food, great conversation, great feeling that we are growing together professionally and getting better at the work we do together . . . and that our friendship is getting stronger too. Went back to my office and had renewed zest and energy to plough into what had accumulated while I was away.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to an art gallery for an exhibition of Canadian paintings . . . and I know I'm going to enjoy that too. It's in a gorgeous wilderness setting, and I'm already very familiar with many of the pieces but there is always something new, or a new way of thinking about something well-known.

Gotta work for at least part of Sunday -- have a tricky thing to do Tuesday and need to get prepared. But I'll make time Sunday as well to spend with DH and Charlie.

Work is stressful at the moment. Friends, art, time with DH and Charlie: these are great ways to alleviate the stress. And remind myself that life has moments of joy and beauty. Yeah. It does.

I'm not better at my job if I work work work all the time. Less can be more. And often is.

  
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_LINDA 10/25/2011 1:19AM

    So glad you can find balance in your life! That is awesome your are good friends with the people you are working with, makes it a little bit easier to cope!
Hope you enjoyed the exhibit of paintings! In a nice wilderness setting would be awesome, particularly if you got a chance to walk around and enjoy it too..

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DDOORN 10/23/2011 9:30AM

    Good for you to know what you need to unwind!

Friends are priceless, aren't they?

Don

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VALERIEMAHA 10/22/2011 3:36PM

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DONNACFIT 10/22/2011 9:53AM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Have a great weekend..enjoy the art gallery..I love art too :)
Great to find balance and spend qualitiy time with loved ones!!

We are having a fabulous fall, weatherwise and I'm enjoying every minute of it with all the outside work...

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/22/2011 1:31AM

    Balance is the key. enjoy every moment to the full and all the best for those tricky things.

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PUDLECRAZY 10/21/2011 8:49PM

    Enjoy the art exhibit! There is nothing like art and time with friends and family to help de-stress. Get some ME time in this weekend; you need to recharge.

Have a lovely weekend!

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PHEBESS 10/21/2011 8:47PM

    DEFINITELY take time to de-stress - if you don't, you'll get sick and not be able to work, right? Physically and mentally, we all need to take breaks!

Enjoy the art gallery - sounds wonderful!!!!

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If you've got something nice to say . . .

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Weren't you a model?"

I'd just stepped into a convenience store. Coming down with a terrible cold (yup, it's caught me). Nose streaming. Eyes streaming, too: with my specs on, not my contacts. Not a lot of makeup. Wearing a B-list suit: not expensive when new, now kinda baggy. And on my way to a pretty sad event: open house to honour a long time colleague, now in palliative care.

Not feeling my best, that's for sure. And not thinking I was looking my best, either.

So: no way that clerk could be speaking to me. And I kept looking through the gum rack for my fave, Dentyne Fire. Really cinnamony.

"You look so familiar. Magazine work?"

I looked around. Nobody else in the store. And the clerk was smiling at me.

So I smiled back, just a little. "Uh. No. Never a model. But thanks anyhow. Not something people ask too often, when you're sixty years old."

"Sixty??" She really did look surprised. And then she added, "It's the way you carry yourself. You move like a model. I was sure I'd seen you before. Modelling. "

Now I beamed at her.

"You've made my day, actually. Thank you!"

"Well," she told me. "I really did think I recognized you as a model. And I always tell myself, if you've got something nice to say, you might as well say it."

Yeah!! I'll remember that!!

  
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CRYSTALJEM 11/3/2011 4:27PM

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Bet you felt like you were walking on air and dressed to the nines the rest of the day (At least I hope so anyway!).

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FRACTALMYTH 10/28/2011 3:42PM

    Woohooo - bask in that glow while you fight off the pizza :D

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/23/2011 9:12PM

    what a sweet cheery thing for that clerk to tell you! I hope you wrote her boss a lovely note praising his/her employee!! and buy extra packages of gum!? I'd be wanting to go back there every day to see her if she always has something nice to say!

Cheers!

Julia>

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_LINDA 10/21/2011 8:58AM

    That is fabulous!! The way you describe youself, dressing down -you have to be pretty fantastic looking for the clerk to see through your plain Jane exterior! Its the healthy lifestyle glow! Enjoy! A good lesson learned too -I have heard that saying before -but not as good putting it into practice..
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PENNYAN45 10/20/2011 1:59PM

    What a WONDERFUL experience that was!

Congratulations on looking like a model - but being an attorney.
What a winning combination -- beauty and brains together!

That memory is something to tuck away and bring out every once in a while to savor and smile....

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PUDLECRAZY 10/19/2011 7:09AM

    Woohoo and oooh la la! Way to go, Girl!



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DDOORN 10/17/2011 10:00AM

    One of the things I love about our SparkFamily is the overwhelming prevalence of positive, constructive feedback and thoughts shared by our members...! It's such a great thing to keep paying it forward! :-)

Don

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MSSNOWY 10/15/2011 9:01PM

    Great words to live by. Thanks for sharing your experience, Ellen!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/15/2011 6:20PM

    Another great learning experience from your blog Ellen, just goes to show if you live right on the inside it shines through on the outside. I bet that experience will keep you smiling for a long time.

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SALSIFY 10/15/2011 4:37PM

    I think that definitely counts as a day made!

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NANCY- 10/15/2011 2:04PM

    What a wonderful take on life.
Here's what I have been thinking:
You are amazing. Sticking with your plan to maintain. So many folks would up and leave SP after reaching goal. Your consistency is inspiring.
You definitely are a ray of sunshine.
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ELLIE-1220 10/15/2011 12:39PM

    I wish more people lived with that belief... too much negative is always shared. You must've felt like a million bucks!!!!

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ERIKO1908 10/15/2011 12:12AM

    what a wonderful day brightener!! hope you get to feeling better!!

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VENISEW1 10/14/2011 9:29PM

    That's emoticonI had a great encounter coming out of the grocery store myself today a gentleman asked me if my son was my little brother, lol. Made my day!

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CANNIE50 10/14/2011 9:23PM

    Nice! What a great little encounter. I came to thank you for your comment on my "willingness" blog, and I think you hit the nail on the head as to why I don't like the term "willpower". It is often uttered by people who are convinced that if the rest of us would only behave like them, all our problems would be solved and we, too, could be "perfect". Yikes. PS What a great Sparkname you have.

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PHEBESS 10/14/2011 8:03PM

    What a wonderful interchange!!!!! I'd be thrilled too!!!!!

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LINDAJ0621 10/14/2011 6:42PM

    I know how much that would have made my day! You must be moving like a goddess!!!
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NEWKAREN43 10/14/2011 6:25PM

    That is something really nice to say and to hear!!!!! You must be very hard on yourself in your description or she wouldn't have thought this about you! You move like a model because you are getting fit and graceful and 'flowy'!!!! Very good job!!!!

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Canajun Thanksgiving! Pre-fab less flab!!

Friday, October 07, 2011

This will be our first Thanksgiving in over 27 years without kids at home! Just the two of us . . .and the weather is gorgeous here, warm and sunny with bright bright leaves.

There will be a very simple "pre-fab less flab" Thanksgiving dinner.

I've already made roasted root vegetable soup: parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash all roasted earlier in the week and zapped through the food processor with some broth, onion, curry powder . . . it's a lovely orange red colour, super texture.

And I'll hurl a frozen prestuffed prebasted turkey into the oven while we head off to the golf course. In my view, one of the most amazing technological developments of the 21st century!

With a few simple sides: peas, carrots, corn, wild rice (thanks, Uncle Ben), cranberry sauce (ditto Ocean Spray).

Dessert? probably low fat vanilla ice cream and berries. It will all be ready in a flash.

I've never forgotten my US Thanksgiving dinner in Austin in 2009. Corn bread stuffing with pecans, green bean casserole with French fried onion rings and sour cream, a huge range of salads jellied and chopped, a very special cranberry sauce with pineapple and mini marshmallows and walnuts, home made breads and dips and then a luscious array of elaborate desserts too: at least a week's worth of planning and preparation, each individual dish laboured over and utterly delicious but so high calorie! and waaaaay too much food . . . really!! Much much appreciated but . . . . too much. Yeah!!

Sure there are lots and lots of people in Canada who will be putting on a serious spread . . . but I'm domestically challenged, not planning to change any time soon either! The more time I spend thinking about food and working with food, the more I tend to eat.

So: pre-fab, less flab.

It works for me.

And gives me more time to get out in the glorious crisp air, shuffling through the leaves, looking for golf balls and woolly bears!



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DDOORN 10/11/2011 4:14PM

    That soup sounds SO yummy...! I was surprised when I had the Acorn Squash soup at the restaurant to find it SWEET...was expecting lots of different flavors, but not SWEET!

Thx for stopping by my blog...! All your ongoing support really means a LOT! "The Help" really drives a lot of things home which I had only been aware of "theoretically" before.

Don

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JOHAL52 10/11/2011 8:53AM

    If you can make a soup like that you are NOT domestically challenged!! So how was it?

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JOPAPGH 10/10/2011 2:43PM

    Sounds like a great balance between meals and time. Hope you hit them far and straight and enjoyed the sunshine and companionship.

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TKADEEPBREATH 10/9/2011 6:45PM

    Oh, awesome . . . I love your plan. Simple and healthy. We are there with you. Weather is great so far but we are in the deep south so leaves are just starting to turn.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I love the sound of your menu . . .

I'm so !!"absent" on my page and with my friends lately. Even though I'm out of sight, you are definitely not out of my my heart and mind. Take care hard working wonderful worthy GF . . . I think you are the best. . . . !

As always, Jan


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WATERMELLEN 10/9/2011 6:41PM

    Stalking majestically across the 17th fairway, five wild turkeys, bronze tail feathers gleaming in the sun!

Five fat turkeys are we,
We slept all night in a tree.
When the cook came around, we couldn't be found:
That's why we're here you see!

Perfect weather, great companions, glorious leaves, blue blue sky: the turkeys were the perfect grace note to a perfect round of Thanksgiving golf . . . Well, not the "golf" part so much actually (although I did have a few good shots!)

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NANCY- 10/8/2011 5:06PM

    While my Thanksgivings here have not been as calorie laden as the Austin one you mentioned. My downfall came from overindulging..Now I take sensible portions from healthier fare. Thankfully my sister loved doing the dinner.

Keeping things simple is the way to go.

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/8/2011 4:47PM

    Have a wonder filled day Ellen.

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SALSIFY 10/8/2011 3:21PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

I think your plan not to spend too much time on preparing the food is great. I really love cooking & I'm totally obsessed about food, of course, so I'm going to have to do the same & make less complicated things. Anything to spend less time in the kitchen which is my Danger Zone.

ps. Thanks for your comment on my blog - I really appreciate your support!

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_LINDA 10/8/2011 11:48AM

    Fabulous meal!! Sounds like something I would do, but you are far better than me -I do not even cook LOL!! So no hot meals here, just my usual spread of fruits and veggies -definitely loving the root veggies coming out now, I also have parsnips, sweet potato, my favorite Russian Blue potato, diakon, kohlrabi, snap peas, carrots, turnip, can't get enough -YUMMY! And never forget beet soup -thanks Mom :)
My sister is putting on the traditional turkey meal on Monday, but I have to work then, so dodged a bullet there..
Enjoy your peaceful quiet thanksgiving!
Hugs,
Linda

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CRYSTALJEM 10/8/2011 1:12AM

    Ok, the soup has my mouth watering and I can't even smell it! Happy feasting and golfing too - loving this fall so far!

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PHEBESS 10/7/2011 10:14PM

    I totally agree with your pre-fab plan!!!!! Easy, expedient, and minimal - that's the way to go!

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ALEANAI 10/7/2011 9:13PM

    Ah! Did that make my mouth water! It seems like you know exactly what to do for this holiday, talk about planning in advance! Great example, you inspire me and I think I'll do the same instead of wait the day before to figure it out. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 10/7/2011 9:05PM

    In a month and a half, I'll have my first Thanksgiving as an empty nester. This shouldn't be a big deal, as I've had nontraditional Thanskgiving dinners with daughter since 2002. A turkey would be too much for two people, so I planned steaks in 2002 . . . and ended up buying hot dogs for my daughter. After that, I was smart enough to consult her before planning.

This year, I don't know. Maybe I'll go with a steak. Or maybe I'll just treat is like any other day off work and not focus on food at all.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/7/2011 8:32PM

    The meal sounds lucious! Wish I could taste your soup. Enough is as good as a feast. I believe that. Suspect you do, too. It is just true. Enough is as good as a feast. Really. Enjoying the outdoors sounds just wonderful, too. Have a great time. You deserve it. -Marsha

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October Gold!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October is a wonderful month. (My favourite, probably -- second only to May and its fuzzy green euphoria!).

The leaves are beginning to turn bright golden yellow, with a few flashes of red. There is a real fall snap in the air: I had my red leather motorcycle jacket on for the first time this season.

After the laundry and the soup making (red cabbage and lots of other veggies) and the grocery shopping (fresh dill for the soup) and the gym, Charlie and I went for a walk in the woods. No question it's got that distinct autumn fragrance now. The sky was blue and the last of the fringed bottle gentians are still blooming blue, in among the goldenrod and the dark purple asters. There was a sign up warning of bear sightings but I am happy to report that I did not see any. I am, however, on the look-out for woolly bear caterpillars! None just yet . . . .

My house is 122 this year and it's on an ancient Canada goose flyway. From the third floor, I can hear them honking directly overhead as they practice their southbound Vees: in fact, they are close enough that I can even hear the wind in their wing feathers. I have to wonder how many previous residents looked up at this time of year to wave the geese on their way.

October. It's golden!

PS: provided by VALERIEMAHA, the most perfect Mary Oliver poem below . . .

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

  
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PUDLECRAZY 10/6/2011 1:49AM

    Lovely!

And I agree, October is an exquisite month.

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_LINDA 10/6/2011 1:49AM

    I love October too (autumn colors look best on me), especially because it has Halloween, my favorite celebration (because of the fantastic costumes, not the junk food) and I love going through 'haunted houses', although they haven't had one in a while. What it was, is the engineering students would get an old house rigged up with neat things, and charge admission for the proceeds to go to charity..They did a great job. That must be amazing living in a historical house like that. I wonder what 'ghosts' haunt it? Unexplained creakings at night, anything like that? That is also amazing you are so close to the migration path of the geese and can hear the wind in their wing feathers -like WOW!
Perhaps you could share some photos of yoour remarkable house sometime?
Thanks for sharing that lovely poem, it was wonderful!!

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DSHONEYC 10/5/2011 5:52PM

    Good to catch up with the goings on in emoticon and you.

No fall here. It went from 72 yesterday to 62 today (that might not sound like much, but here in San Diego we call it winter) with wind and rain (sort of). Its probably waiting to pour during rush hour, when all San Diegans discover their brakes - too late.

The poem is wonderful, and your house, too. Oh for some geese in San Diego, I'd trade the sea gulls. Are they coming my way?

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GROEDER 10/4/2011 1:13PM

    You are so right about October!!! I love the smells, colors, and the sounds of the wildlife. I'm under a goose flyway too!!!! I hear them every day, this time of year.
Have a great month.
Gregg

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DDOORN 10/4/2011 12:59PM

    The colors are coming slowly here...I think because of all the RAIN...but I'm hoping it will bring us lasting enjoyment in a hopefully slow transition to all those wonderful colors October brings to us northerners!

Don

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SLENDERELLA61 10/4/2011 10:10AM

    Your celebration of October is just right -- and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your astute observations. Things are just beautiful here, too.

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KLONG8 10/4/2011 12:40AM

    OK, I just love your writing. Thanks also to ValerieMaha.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/3/2011 1:58PM

    Love it!

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NANCY- 10/3/2011 9:35AM

    Looking up at the geese if you are directly underneath them can be hazardous. October is wonderful and your blog brings joy and peace into me. Thank you.

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/2/2011 5:13PM

    Meanwhile here in Australia, we are enjoying the cascade of flowering cherries and the budding of the oak tree, while the gums shed their bark and the lorikeets and other parroty things fill the sky in resplendent flashes of colour.

The Wild Geese poem brought memories of Scottish Autumns back to mind as the cooler winds from the North started to make their presence felt. Thank you for a lovely blog.

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DONNACFIT 10/2/2011 4:56PM

    Thanks for the great blog..I love October and the fall colors too :) ...Fly on :)

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PHEBESS 10/2/2011 12:57PM

    October always seems to have a golden light, that makes all colors brighter. Even the blue of the sky has a golden tinge in the late afternoon. A lovely month!

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TBANMAN 10/2/2011 10:39AM

    The trees here on the South Coast of BC are just hinting at their blazing futures right now, but next weekend I'm driving through the mountains home for Thanksgiving, and I'm so looking forward to seeing the changing colours of fall. Thanks for the poem - it gave me goose bumps.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/2/2011 9:18AM

    Great month...great blog...great Mary Oliver:

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


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AJB121299 10/1/2011 10:10PM

    october is a great month

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