My favorite month of the year is here. I adore October. It’s such a fun, transitional month. Festivals, cooler weather, boots, sweaters, Halloween, spooky movies, soup, crisp air, the scent of burning leaves, apple cider, haunted lighthouse tours, hay rides, falling leaves, orange, brown, forest green, Hunter’s moon, gourds, witches, ghosts and other spooks, fun, trick or treating, bonfires, scarecrows, werewolves, lore, the fair, harvest, family birthdays, and on and on…
October Pear tree
Such a great time of year. I love, love it. The best thing of all is that it is actually cooler here on the Florida Gulf Coast already and I’m ecstatic over that. I have so many awesome pairs of boots and I want to wear them all at once! Decisions, decisions.
I’m wearing my Halloween charm bracelet and witch cameo and they’ll be my constant companions for the next month. What fun things do you have planned for October? I’m heading to New Orleans with my writer’s group for a field trip and a ghost walk.
Don’t you just love this season? I can’t seem to get past buying school supplies so sometimes I take a grandchild to the store with me, something about the smell of new pencils!!!
We had a great summer. One of our granddaughters , Kaylea, decided she wanted to show the cattle more than just at our local fair and State Fair. Well, this silly little heifer, that I was never really impressed with, won a LOT. She was Grand Champion at our county fair, won again as Grand Champion Angus at the Oregon State 4-H fair and then went to the Puyallup Fair and won the Angus Junior show and the Futurity. Needless to say I’m a little more impressed with her. What I really always liked about her was her personality. She is super quiet, her name is actually (Quiet Lucy). She and Kaylea have now become great buddies and they actually play together. All Kaylea has to do is get a treat (did you know they have cow treats)? and Quiet Lucy (Laniey) will run and play with her. It’s pretty cute, kind of like a very big dog!!! Now she wants to get the miracle calf, Passion’s Miracle, doing the same thing. I love it, I go out to feed and they want me to play with them. I’m way too old to have a cow for a playmate!!!
Daisy and Kodi, of course, don’t think this is cute at all and they will hide on the porch until the cows are back in their field. Daisy of course is always up to some kind of mischief. She has found out that squirrels live in our woods and she is always out looking for them, hasn’t caught any yet but I’m still waiting for one to end up on my back porch. Kodi thinks this is complete nonsense and will stay on the porch all day while Daisy is out hunting.
Hope your summer was as nice as ours. Enjoy our gorgeous weather and have a great autumn, I can hardly wait until Halloween!!!
Posted by Nancy Knox
Hello and a BIG sorry for being late with my blog today.
We have been very busy with our county fair. “FUN and WET” should have been our theme. It rained harder than I ever remember it raining in July and probably longer than I ever remember. On Sunday it just didn’t quit!! Even with all the rain everyone had a good time and the kids didn’t slow down for a minute.
The grandkids did great at fair this year with lots of blue ribbons, and lots of champion and reserve champions. Granddaughter Kaylea, won Grand Champion with her Angus heifer, Quiet Lucy Lainey, and also won the cow calf class. Always like to win that class because they are animals that we have raised on our farm and at least show we are improving our herd, well at least trying.
Columbia County Fair has been a big part of our lives for a lot of years. Our son Jimmy started when he was ten and turned fifty this year. That’s forty years of Columbia County Fair!! Good grief, no wonder I’m tired. Jimmy and Doug both showed horses, rabbits and cows. Then we went down to cows and rabbits and now mostly just cows, except for a grandson and granddaughter that show rabbits, goats and chickens. Not sure if we are cutting back or growing again—my guess is growing. We do have a lot of fun, and even with a lot of financial problems, our fair board has continued to put on a pretty good fair. Our 4-H program is a huge part of the fair. If you took the 4-H kids and the rodeo away there wouldn’t be much left. It’s a great chance to meet up with friends that we don’t see often and meet some of the new people in our county.
Maybe the rain gave us more time to sit around and visit this year because we certainly did a lot of that. As always we came home tired and dirty but ready to do it all over again. Maybe we’ll see you along the way as we plan on hitting about three more fairs this summer. Should be fun but for now I need a nap!!!!