I am so ready! Ravens, owls, pumpkins, scarecrows and colorful
leaves! I enjoyed pulling out my tub of decorations and having my
grandson, Micah, “direct” where items should be placed! We were
setting October things out early for his cousins. I will have some
coming (possibly 4) for an overnight on Sept. 28th. Then they can
see the seasonal extravaganza! We put batteries in all of the
flashlights and we can play hide and seek in the dark.
Micah, age 4, loves these “boo bells” that are metal about 6″ in
diameter. There is an orange sparkly ball and a black sparkly other
ball. They clang! They have the letters “Boo!” on them. He also liked
pulling out the stack of picture books to add to the September ones
in a pile on the end table.
Micah’s favorite books are the hard cardboard ones that have shapes
of the season, (the pumpkin is round, the witch’s hat is a triangle, etc.)
and colors of the season. I am sure you can picture the joys of all the
colors of “treats” included!
“The Biggest Pumpkin Ever” is another favorite October book, written
by Stephen Kroll and nicely illustrated by Jeni Bassett. There is an
interactive one titled, “Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate.” We chant
the words in this book to a slight tune. If you need the words; they are
surely on the internet! Finger play songs are my specialty!
My favorite book is called “The Nutty Nut Chase.” It has all kinds of
cool characters, like “Hickory” and “Pecan.” They are squirrels! Then
there are other helpful woodland critters, like “Badger,” “Hedgehog,”
“Littlest Rabbit,” “Mole” and “Blackbird.” This book is written by
Kathryn White and has such sweetly drawn illustrations by Vanessa
Cabban. There is also a sad part with namecalling of poor “Hedgehog.”
He is left out of a game, since one of the critters calls him a “prickly
cannonball!” It gets resolved in the end, of course!
I like to post about the upcoming month, letting my readers and fellow
bloggers aware of some of the October facts that I have discovered.
I hope this is an interesting read for you today!
4th- There will be a New Moon (rising!) Hippies will know that
6th- The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac advises to “drill holes in
window boxes 1/4 – 1/2″ holes to drain every six inches.” Mums
and zinnias still shoud be going strong during this month.
7th- Child Health Day. Celebrate and encourage any children
who you may know or be related to, to have regular doctor
annual physicals and dental check ups. Also, healthy diets
with plenty of fruits, vegetables and water daily.
9th- Leif Erickson Day. This Nordic Viking’s discovery of what
is now known as North America,
14th- Columbus Day. The post office will be closed, no mail
delivery, lots of sales here in the U.S. and also, library closed!
18th- Full Hunter’s Moon.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac says for “best flavor, suggests digging
up horse radish during the full moon.”
And also, today celebrate Alaska Day!
20th- My friends, Felda and Jason, will have their adorable second
child, baby Zachary, baptized in their Catholic Church. I will be going
to the service and attending my first baptismal filipino celebration
party with my oldest daughter. I included this to ask, if you pray, to
include little “Zachie Poo” and his big six year old sister, Kridia Dawn,
in your prayers. I will post about this event after it occurs!
24th- United Nations Day. My parents were convinced they were always
“helping the world” when they ordered their UNICEF Christmas cards!
I think this day would be a great one to remember to pray for all the
nations in the world. I have a bookmark with each of the continents
stuck in my Bible, it has me praying in alphabetical order. This may, or
may not, something you may be interested in tryin
25th- Nevada Day.
(Also, from 25th until ten days later, I will be on vacation! Yeah!)
October 31st is Halloween or Hallowed Eve.
November first is considered the result of the hallowed evening
turning into “All Saints Day.”
Strange, you know “Oct” indicates “eight” or “eighth” so an octopus
has eight legs, an octagon has eight sides. But this October is the
tenth month due to rearranging from Roman calendar to the new
way we do things.
I hope we all make it to be octogenerians! (or older!)
Instead of October poetry, I chose a different direction to go with
the word and how you can find it in only four movies, where the
word October is in the first place position.
1. “October” (1928). A Russian movie, based on John Reed’s “Ten
Days That Shook the World” book. It is a historical movie that
includes the massacre that was around St. Petersburg bridges.
2. “October Man” (1947). A British movie that is a suspenseful
mystery and character study. It is based on Eric Ambler’s book.
3. “October Sky” (1999). American movie that is featuring how
a real boy who heard and saw the film footage of the famous
1957 Sputnik space event and how he chose to use this historical
event to guide his life. Homer Hickman, Jr. grew up in a West
Virginia coal mining town, where his father was a coal miner and
was dismayed at his son’s “dreams” of space. He builds rockets
with some of his friends. This movie (and the next listed) are the
only ones I have seen. The cast of famous actors include Jake
Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. This was a very heart-
warming movie. Homer goes against his father’s wishes and
also, accomplishes a better life. Including writing the book,
“Rocket Boys.” I would highly recommend this movie!
4. “Octopussy” (1983). This is the second British movie in the
list. Roger Moore plays spy and agent, James Bond. Maud
Adams plays the sexy lead character whose name is the title
of the movie. I remember feeling it was an entertaining and
adventurous action movie. I will always prefer Sean Connery
as “007,” though! (Louis Jourdan also a cast member, is a
famous French actor who my mother always thought was
“suave and debonair.”
If you would like to look up an October favorite short poem
and add it in the comments, please feel free! Enjoy the
wonderful month of October with all of its beautiful colors
showing, at least here in the northern mid-western states.
Has Canada already had their gorgeous trees changed, by