Monday, October 19, 2009

This Is So Not the October I Signed Up For

This is so not the October I signed up for. In my annual journey through the calendar year, October is always a primer destination. October traditionally boasts attractions such as pumpkin picking, meandering trail walks, apple orchard visits and crackling patio fires, all of which one can reasonably anticipate unfolding beneath mostly sunny skies and invigoratingly brisk conditions. If the calendar is a giant road map, October that can’t-miss way station circled bright red.

I’m sad to report that there has been an apparent mix up with my reservations, and I’ve somehow landed in a dark, dank, outpost of sustained dismal drear with daily rains, grey skies, and temperatures in the mid 40s. My traveling companions are a husband who can barely walk, my daughter who has mono, and my son, who is mostly OK. None of us are exactly clear on how we ended up in the sorry state in which we’ve arrived, but we’ve decided to make the best of it (with the possible exception of a blip at Target yesterday where I randomly freaked out and turned to my husband with a wild-eyed look and said, "Oh my goodness, I haven't seen the sun in nine days!)as we wait for Main Office to sort the whole mess out.

My husband and I have Friday circled as a tentative date of departure. We’re still planning on leaving for our fall camping trip where we imagine instant teleportation to a world of fall color and cozy fires. In the tradition of all waylaid travelers, I plan to regale you with stories while we wait. Look for a culinary tale tomorrow and part one of a DIY bedroom makeover on Friday, just before I take off to make some good fall memories. Just for fun, we’ll give One Line Wednesday another go midweek—please don’t leave me hanging, readers!

So that’s the plan, but we all know that life is more about the alterations to the plan than the plan itself. Which is good for me to keep in mind. I sneaked a peek at the weekend forecast and guess what image selected to represent the expected mountain conditions? Yep, you guessed it—a big, leaking, grey cloud.

A quick note to my Regular Readers before you click on out of here…would you do me a tiny favor? Would you take a quick little peek over at the left hand side of the screen and check something out for me? See those little pictures of all the happy people? They are the amazing few who are actually willing to own up to Following this little blog. I love them. They keep me posting. If you don’t see yourself there, but you really do find yourself here reasonably often would you take a moment to let me know by taking a moment to click up and introduce yourself as a bona fide Follower? The benefits are incredible, and include my everlasting appreciation.


Jen said...

I'm excited for your weekend trip.. if we were not doing our own day trip on Saturday I would say we need to try and link up... you will traveling offly close to me.. we do have a spare bedroom so if your find youselves too damp for the outdoors give me a call (if you are heading to the previous location of the Great Migration my sources tell me your approximately 1 hr and 52 minutes from us..) ;)

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Oh, Jen, a link up would have been wonderful! Yes, we are going to the site of the Great migration...thanks SO much for the bailout option--I will definitely keep that in mind--you're awesome :)

Charisse and Holly said...

Sending lots of good wishes and prayers your way for great weather, quick recovery, and a fabulous trip to come! Have a great day. Holly at

Erin M. said...


I am so sorry everyone's under the weather (pun intended, too)....that bites. As for the temperatures and lack of sunshine, we've had the same here (I'm in Kansas, can't remember where u are?). Today the sun is out again, which is quite lovely, but by the end of this week, back into the 40s and rainy again. Oy!

Have a GREAT camping trip & can't wait to hear all about it!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ugh. I hate grey (the British way rocks!) weather. I hope you had a lovely trip!

Kathleen said...

Oh alright! :-) But could we exchange favors?

And I'm so sorry your October hasn't gone as planned. It has been so cold and dreary here as well. Finally had a great day today. Wishing you the same!

Holly said...

Sending sunshine your way. It is pretty miserable here too..October is usually wonderful here (it is our summer) and it is gloomy and rainy...althogh we don't have the mono and walking issues (whew!). Have a great trip.


PS love your note to visitors at the end!

Holly said...

I did not realize I was not were on my blog roll so I just assumed...too much spray paint from my recent craft project...taken care of...NOW!

Margaret Johnson said...

Hey Cindy! It sounds like we share the same weather even though I'm 660 miles away :( Have a good trip!


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