Monday, October 1, 2012

October, Then and Now

And harvest time provides a promise of plentiful provender for man and beast. ('09)

So here's how it went down. The oven quit working.  ('10)

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?  ('11)

And so began October in years past here on String Too Short to Tie.  How begins it in the here and now?  Cloudy, harbinger of rain.  Soon.  Chilly, reminder that finally summer is past.  Excitement level, here I am looking through old documents.

The morning glories this year waited until late August to do anything, inasmuch as it was too hot and too dry prior to that.  We got all-purple this year.

The ornamental grass looks nice as the heads turn pink.

Whatever else may be said about the coming of October, here is a huge benefit for me.  I have had tinnitus for many years, actually more than thirty years.  It seems to be progressive in the sense that the humming and singing in my ears increases with time.   For a long time it seemed to occur only in the left ear, but four or five years ago it "migrated" to the other, and now I have noises in both ears.  The left seems to contain a basement full of crickets unmolested by intruders and thus free to sing. The right ear is a sycamore tree full of cicadas.  So we get to the benefit.  On hot summer afternoons and evenings I would have to ask BBBH if I were hearing cicadas in the trees, or just hearing my imaginary friends in my head.  But the cooler weather assures me that the sounds are all inside.


Shelly said...

Ah, well, it looks to be a lovely fall this year- that tinnutis sounds like a true drag- wish there was something to be done for it~

Lin said...

Do both ears harmonize? Or are they battling each other?

Grace said...

That has got to be the most annoying thing ever! I would ask if anything can be done but I'm sure you've explored all possibilities.

I love October - best month of the year (and not just because I was born in October...)

vanilla said...

Shelly, someday someone will find an effective treatment. Fall is possibly my favorite time of year.

Lin, I should be so lucky. No. That is why I say "crickets" in one, "cicadas" in the other.

Grace, after this many years, it has simply become a fact of life. October is great! Lots of October birthdays around here, too, including BBBH (5). Oh, dear only three more shopping days. :O

Vee said...

October is a beautiful month of transition - one of my favorite months.

Secondary Roads said...

October is a little too close to winter for my taste. I prefer a typical September.

Tinnitus is bothersome. It comes and goes for me--usually lasting for a short while.

vanilla said...

Vee, October is a beautiful month, a calm and peaceful interlude between the summer heat and turmoil and the winter's chill blasts.

Chuck, September is typically still pretty hot around here. Hope your tinnitus goes and stays away.

Sharkbytes said...

Well, I guess that's one way to put a good spin on that!

vanilla said...

Shark, Look for the pony, I always say.