Signs of the Season

September showers bring October flowers, in the case of the tea olive bushes that have finally flowered.  I look forward to these fragrant plants all year but had some difficult finding them in the city.  Today, I found a large shrub growing on a college campus, a sure sign that fall has set in.  I’ve heard that the tea olive only blooms in months that have the letter ‘O’, so if the cold weather wasn’t enough to usher in the new season, this plant is.

With October comes some of my favorite things: hikes through the colorful foliage, Pumpkin Spice lattes, bouquets of sharpened pencils (a reference to You’ve Got Mail) and weekends curled up in blankets with a good book or a football game.  The dog prefers the last choice, thought the cooler air has made her keen on getting places quickly again.  Fortunately, with this break in the rain, all of the runners have reemerged on the city sidewalks today.  Of course, we also had to pull out the dog’s fleece blanket again.

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