Sunday, October 02, 2022

October Daily 2


There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect in the 
feelings, as now in October.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Once again the steady sun shone brilliantly all day long. We did a bit of garden cleanup this afternoon, and the lawns are freshly mown, an activity that fills the air with the sweet smell of cut grass. 

I noticed a new cafe au lait dahlia flower opening, and snapped a quick photo. This spectacular plant blooms late in the summer, and is a bit stingy with her blossoms, but all is forgiven when I cut one of the creamy beauties to bring into the house. 

On the recommendation of one of our daughters, I made a salad with sliced garden tomatoes, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, some crumbled blue cheese, and a scattering of green onion. So simple and so delicious. There is absolutely nothing to match the flavour of a sun-ripened tomato, is there? 

With our lingering warm days, the garden is still producing tomatoes, and I've planted lettuce and kale for later. A few carrots are still in the ground, and green onions. 

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
L. M. Montgomery

Although the days are warm, and we open up the windows to let cool breezes flow through during the afternoon, by the time the sun goes down around 7 pm, we close up the house once again, other than the bedroom window which stays open all night. I feel like we have the best of everything just now between the warm golden days and the cool nights that are so beneficial to good sleep. 

Sunday blessings to you all.


  1. Good sleep on cooler weather nights is much welcomed after the heat waves last summer.
    The salad looks scrumptous.

    1. Yes, it's difficult to sleep in the heat.

  2. The simplicity and wonder of a sun-ripened tomato salad. Yours looks heavenly and scrumptious. Your cafe au lait dahlia is quite a beauty. Its shades of pink and cream and coffee invite one to come in closer.

    1. Thank you, Brenda. Simple food is often the tastiest.

  3. That salad is a thing of beauty!!!!!


  4. That tomato salad looks delicious. I’m very envious of your cafe au lait dahlia. Our dahlias are beginning to flower again after all our rain. B x

  5. Ohhh that salad looks wonderful.

  6. Beautiful dahlia! Lovely tomato salad! Opening up the windows in the daytime now is such a pleasure with no AC or heat on.

  7. What a beauty that cafe au lait dahlia is. The tomato salad looks so fresh and delicious!
    Your last paragraph perfectly describes this lovely season. So nice to have open windows and feel the fresh air.

  8. I totally agree with everything you've said in your post. I love the warm fall days with the hint of crispness in the air. This morning I was a greeter at church and I wore a large cowl neck navy blue sweater, it felt so good to put a sweater on again. I love this time of year. I also air out my house in the daytime and sleep with my bedroom window cracked, the fresh air feels so good. I love the couple months each spring and each fall when we don't need AC or furnaces on. It helps with the electric bill too, lol. Have a sweet day my friend and God bless you.

  9. That salad looks delicious :)

    All the best Jan

  10. I'm glad to live in a world where there are zinnias and dahlias! And the glories of October....

  11. I've missed your lovely posts, Lorrie, with news of your kitchen and garden. The salad looks amazing. I've just made a new (to me) salad with fava beans and it is surprisingly tasty.

  12. The tomato salad looks great! I finally caved and flipped on the furnace today!

  13. October here in our corner of the world means rainy days ahead. ☔
    The salad looks amazing! Yummm!

    Happy October, dear Lorrie!

  14. Anonymous10:28 PM

    Yoir garden is truly a garden of delights! The dahlias and tomatoes .. that salad is such a good idea! Anneliese


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