In my corner of the world, the middle of October signals the end of autumn and as the last leaf falls there falls with it our only hope of warmer temperatures and we brace ourselves for the return of the polar bears. Or winter.
We had an exceptionally stunning autumn this year. Our town managed to make a "Top 10 Fall Color" list and brought with it, hoards of people. The usual "summering" crowd made another appearance and our streets were once again crowded with tourists in white socks and hiking boots. And Land Rovers (one simply can't enjoy adventuring without a proper luxury SUV!). But that was early October. Once we passed the peak, everyone went home and our little town was quiet again. We were just about to settle in for a long winters nap and then then the weather changed. This past weekend was a complete bonus. Gorgeous temperatures in the 70s, sunshine, and just enough color left on the trees to make the everything glow!
I woke up early-ish and was about to grab some coffee when I heard a knock at the door. Hang on, let me back up... I first got out of bed because Cal was convinced that he heard a strange noise in the garage and I quote "Probably a mouse banging on the door with a hammer". Probably not. Anyway, looked around for a sparkly princess shoe to use as a weapon and when I couldn't find one, I bravely opened the door. It was nothing. No mouse, no hammer, no anything.
Imaginative little children.
So anyway, the real knock at the door was our sweet friend (Hi Anna!) who was supposed to meet my sister Mim for a morning of trail riding. Mim had disappeared into thin air and I was like "Hey! I'm sure she'll be right back, do you want some coffee?" Heeheehee! Anything to distract from the fact that I had just answered the door in my pajamas.
After all of that excitement, I was totally awake, and it was Saturday. And I get cabin fever very easily and once I opened the front door and felt that wonderful breeze, I decided that staying in was not an option. And also, an early morning meander through downtown sounded quite lovely, sort of like a modern day Audrey Hepburn, only with a gluten free bagel instead of a croissant and jeans instead of a black evening gown. I also decided that putting my makeup on was a good idea. At this phase in my life, I can't be too prepared to bump into a handsome stranger.
Driving down the hill into downtown was breathtaking. The lake was dark blue and sparkling. Almost all of the piers have been taken out by now and stacked on the shore, but the few boat owners who were late to pull their boats out of the water were smugly zipping around the bays. Our little library, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's protege, was beautifully framed by a few bright trees. I walked over to the bagel shop and ordered a gluten free bagel (extra crispy) with blueberry cream cheese, because I'm fancy like that, and then remembered that the latest Southern Living mag was out and due to our recent move and the fact that I've had the mail forwarded so many times that it throws everything off for a few days or more, it might maybe be in my mailbox! I meandered over to the post office, overcome with joy because I love living in town (so much!).
No date with destiny at the post office, but my magazine was in my little box, one tall in a grande cup americano with cream later, I was sitting on the patio at Starbucks reading my magazine and trying to figure out how to make all of this last. The coffee, the smell of the leaves, the EVERYTHING. I was feeling very nostalgic about life until I was brought back down to earth with plans to meet my friend Sophia for a little leisurely shopping action.
I don't want to brag, but we're pretty much professional thrift store shoppers (Brooke can be included in this club as well, she just wasn't feeling it this weekend). Give us a few hours and we'll locate every designer brand in the place, along with vintage clothing and Anthropologie-worthy housewares. I tried on the most fabulous 1980's party dress, I'm not sure why, but some 80's clothing suits me a little too well. Maybe it's the jewel tones or the slightly over sized scale. Maybe its because I'm 92 at heart... Anyway, I put it back on the rack. Just couldn't see it fitting into the dress code for any upcoming parties or weddings (black velvet sweetheart necklines top, emerald green satin full skirt and orchid purple sash. WITH BOW!). Not feeling it? That's okay, neither was anyone else.
Friends of ours hosted dinner for the church ladies later that night. I had every intention of leaving in time to get some packing done before bed, but then we got talking and laughing about important girly topics and the next thing I knew it was 11pm. Which is the equivalent of 3am for this morning person. Hey! I'm not one to break up some good fellowship!
Well that was long enough. Sometimes I have a lot of words to say, which is why it's taken me approximately 9 paragraphs to tell you what I did on an uneventful Saturday in October.
How was your weekend? Any plans for this upcoming weekend?