October began my most favorite time of year with its fall breezes and changing leaves. Though in Florida we do not have much of a change of -seasons, the weather can change here from day-to day at times that make you unsure what season it is supposed to be, the feeling is still the same. Fall brings with it thoughts of Halloween decorations and trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinners and, in my case, birthdays.

Yesterday was spent renewing old family ties while enjoying each other’s company on a farm near McIntosh. My girl did a photo shoot with a black and white bunny named Cooper while a huge Tom (whose days were numbered) walked his plump self about the pen. Dust floating in the air, the warmth of the lingering summer sun on our backs, we enjoyed a hay ride to the upper pasture where we could feed the cows.

Children played happily in large bins of corn kernels as Val and I sat down to savor homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream (fabulous job Ginni, thank you!); fresh strawberries giving off so much sugary juice in the bowl that it soaked into the cake underneath and made our last bites worth waiting for. A few cool breezes and a bag sitting on the table near me, some of the homespun crafty goodness in Nana Ginni’s shop, we waited for my girl and her daddy to emerge from the corn (sorghum) maze.

After a few goodbyes, we set out for home, hot showers, and our individual catnaps before heading out for a bit of trick-or-treating. Ghouls and goblins, vampires, Iron Man, the Flintstones, (a small one year-old pumpkin who was absolutely precious) and, ironically right behind us, a little flannel-clad wolf with furry face and hands who followed my Little Red Riding Hood around the mall. We picked up a late dinner on the way home, rented a couple of movies, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.

Having slept in this morning, we watched our other movie rental while enjoying honey drenched waffles and coffee. Catch up with email, a couple of posts to my college class, and we are off again to my mother’s for heaping plates of taco salad and more Halloween goodness.

Brightest blessings to you and yours this day and always. May your day be full of the joys of family and friends, and your night filled with sugary goodness and fun costumed mayhem!

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