Ahh, October. This is one of my favorite months thanks to these beautiful midwest fall colors, perfectly cool days, the start of soup season (I really, really like soup), and my birthday! The past days have been a perfect example of why I love October so much…
▲ My birthday was on a Wednesday this year which made for a kinda odd day since I work remotely. Halfway through the day, I was feeling bummed about getting older (anyone else struggle with birthdays? WHY are they so hard sometimes??), so I hopped over to my favorite salon for a bang trim and then walked over to one of my favorite cafes for a tasty maple latte made with local maple syrup. Bingo, that turned my day around pretty quickly!
▲ This was the first weekend in a year since my sisters and I were all back on the farm at the same time! My younger sister, Michelle, and I took Koda and one of the farm pups, Patty, out hiking one afternoon. An hour in, Brandon and my dad went back to the farm to grab a truck so we could explore the more remote hiking trails. On days like these, farm life is so good.
▲ We came across this wooly bear caterpillar back at the farm. My dad explained that there’s actually some folklore alongside these hairy little guys – apparently that brown middle section can be an indicator as to what kind of winter we have… who knew?! The folklore says that the first black section indicates the length of the fall season, the middle brown section indicates the severity of the winter (a short stripe means a harsh winter), and the last black section reflects how quickly spring will turn into summer. This caterpillar was frantically slinking away from me, but it looks like he’s predicting a long and mild fall, a short and intense winter, and a quick spring. Hmm… we’ll see!
▲ At the end of this glorious weekend on the farm, I went out for lunch at a hot new BBQ joint in Monroe, Wisconsin with my mom, older sister (Krystal), and my two nephews. I love seeing cool things (read: good restaurants) pop up in my small hometown, so I’m really rooting for this place.
▲ But the fun wasn’t over there! Krystal drove to Iowa City where we took the boys out on a nature hike, a picnic, lots of playground time, and just bummed around the house a bit. It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend!
Like I said, October has been a pretty grand month in this neck of the woods!
(PS. I have an announcement for you… tomorrow morning!)
Tell me: what have you been up to this month? What’s your favorite fall tradition?