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Well, October has been full of crazy emotions, sports and gorgeous leaf watching.  To start off this post let me tell you that melancholy, baseball and cooking are not normally in my lexicon.  This October has brought all three of these to the forefront.  Let’s start with the melancholy.  Mid October is a bit of an emotional time in my life, as both my parents died in this month.  October 14th is my dad’s birthday and then, WHAM, the 15th brings the anniversaries of their deaths.  My dad died three years ago on the 25th anniversary of my mom’s death.  While that may be hauntingly beautiful, combine it with an incessant blowing wind and you get melancholy!  Wind has the ability to make me restless.  It always suggests to me that the world is unsettled.  I guess we all have our weird sides!  Anyway, on a windy October day, my thoughts turned to my parents.  When my mom died, dad decided to stay in Tulsa and help us raise our newborn daughter.  Little did he know that he would, eventually, help us raise three kids!

Papa and the kids!

Papa and the kids!

My parents' graves Check the dates!

My parents’ graves
Check the dates!

Luckily, after 24 hours, the melancholy moved on!

Randy is a HUGE Kansas City Royals fan.  Suffice it to say that the World Series win 29 years ago was the beginning of our decision to start a family.  So, the Royals being in the World Series after that many years means we are GLUED to our television.  Now if you know me, you know I despise baseball.  In the spirit of being a loving wife, I am watching the series with pleasure.  GO ROYALS.

When your sisters ask you to go to cooking school, you go because you can spend time with them.  There are three things for me to say about cooking:

  1. I know how to cook
  2. I am a pretty decent cook
  3. I hate to cook!

In fact, when we were remodeling, I did not want a kitchen.  Randy had to pick out the appliances and he did a fabulous job!

The kitchen

The kitchen

In other news, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous!  Well, I am off to cook dinner and watch the Royals but no melancholy until next October!

What in the world have you been up to?

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9 Responses to October! Melancholy, Baseball and Cooking School

  1. James says:

    Great post. I am not a baseball fan either. Cooking, well some times I like to cook. I have to be in the mood. Yes, oh October. It was a great weekend weather wise. Took the doors off the Jeep and went driving on dirt/gravel roads Sunday afternoon. Very relaxing.

  2. Amanda says:

    I understand the melancholy of October, oddly enough my grandma passed 10 years ago on the 15th. It seems weird, but October is my favorite month (except that day). Sure do miss you!

  3. Emily says:

    Totally agree on the melancholy part!

    But, fall is nice. Hmm when you and Uncle James next get in the cooking mood, y’all should send me some food…I’m hungry 🙂

  4. mj says:

    October is by far my favorite month! But the 15th is a long, sad day…

  5. Charlotte says:

    I’ve been so caught up in the ROYALS!!! I went to two playoff games and had so much fun that a group of us are thinking about getting season tickets. Now I just mean about ten games – not all of them! Wind always reminds me of the movie “To Kill A Mockingbird” when Scout and her brother are walking home that night and it can seem a bit. . . . . what’s the word. . .Melancholy!!!

    • catherine says:

      Oh NO! A sports fan? Who would have thought it? Glad you are enjoying the games and we will be watching tomorrow night. Oh, I agree about “to Kill a Mockingbird” scene.

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