October 2017 Favorites

WHAT a busy month.  May and October are THE two busiest months of the year at our house.  In addition to Geoff's work heating up with demands/midterms/recruitment activities/interviewing new job candidates, my class The Film Workshop wrapping for fall and my students completing nearly 50 final projects, Cannon continuing at his school in Greenville, visiting the pumpkin farm, a trip to Charleston for just Grace and me, Spartanburg International Festival, Spartanburg Brew Fest, Fall Break in Atlanta, my pulling the girls from their preschool and starting homeschool Kindergarten with a toddler at home, and of course, Halloween festivities, costume-making, and decorating abundant, I'm ready for the calm of November (my favorite month, except maybe April).  I used to say fall was my favorite season, and I do love it, but now that I've lived in Maine and experienced what fall is supposed to feel like with real sweater weather, bold fall foliage, and the smell of freshly chopped firewood, I just can't get into fall here in the South where's it's warm and green for so long, nearly until December.

With everything so busy, I didn't get to plant our winter garden as early as I'd like, but as I write this, I've cleaned, turned, and planted our two 12' x 4' garden beds with broccoli, cauliflower, collards, swiss chard, and lots of lettuce.  I've also finally finished sowing my herb garden in the 4' x 4' bed closest to the house.  I have no idea what I'm doing with any of this, but I did find a handy online drag & drop, garden planner from the website where I order my seed packets, Southern Exposure.  It's amazing!  You just type in your zip code and it auto-populates with the best plants for your area and the date ranges to plant and harvest.  It even gives you handy print out lists of everything in your garden.  It also lets you save your plan so when you plant next season, you're rotating plants appropriately without having to look up all the families of plants and remember all that.  Garden Planner is truly amazing and just $29/year.  For visual people like me, who can't remember when to do what, and kids who like to pull up all my garden markers, this is a very helpful tool.  (It even emails me reminders to plant!)  Anyway.  No photos of the garden just yet, but I'm sure they'll appear over the next few weeks as fall wears on.

So, October.  (Whew!)  I can't believe it, but I've stayed mostly caught up on photo processing & blogging so far all of 2017.  I'm so proud of myself!  Hopefully I can continue to update in a timely way these last two months of what's been a wonderful year thus far.

This is what I saw.

My EverydayEmily Mitchell