Monday, October 1, 2012

Bring on October.

Welcome October! Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!!!!!

Oh how thrilled I am to see you. And to be honest, oh how thrilled I am to see the back of September too.

September was sometimes wonderful but sometimes incredibly difficult also. I learnt some hard lessons and shed a few too many tears. September on a whole didn't really turn out how I'd hoped it would.

But October is onwards and upwards for me. October is the start of birthday season in our family. October is the start of some real, true spring weather and in October I will be wiser as I have learnt lots from September.

Most of what September taught me I knew but needed reminding and some I learnt from scratch;

That it is not what happens to me that is important, it is how I deal with it.
That sometimes direct confrontation is hard for me but mostly has great results.
That some people will not change no matter how much I hope they will.
That no matter how quiet a life I think I am living, sometimes shit happens.
That falling off the menu planning wagon is stupid and hard.
That parenting an adolescent is about picking my battles.
That my best therapy is farm work.
That I really do know who my true friends are.
That although I think it will always hurt, I am done with babies.
That bad situations often bring people closer together and that's super nice.
That with my crew beside me, I will be ok.

So I welcome you October with open arms. You are going to be mostly ace, I hope.

Big love to you guys too.
Did September teach you any important life lessons?
Have you got exciting October plans?

I hope your October is awesome!!

I lost a game of yardage chicken with my poncho last night eight rows before the end. I'm off to try to convince my girls to take a little road trip to Bendigo Woollen Mills this morning to replenish. Wish me luck.

Let the October adventures begin. x


  1. September taught me that sometimes somthing you think is waaay too hard and scary is just a nothing when you actually do it. (and helloooo to 7 months off work next year)

  2. Sounds like you've definitely learned some big lessons in September. I think October's going to be rad -- just a feeling I have.

  3. If I read this yesterday I would have learnt the phrase "yardage chicken" which is so apt and awesome!

  4. one feeling you have is the same I recognize that I'm done with babies, too and yes it's really hard to accept it!!!
    have a good week, xxx Ale

  5. Hope u have a wonderful day visiting Bendigo Woollen Mills. I know how you feel about the teenager battles, and the baby thing too. I just have to enjoy my nephews and nieces and be satisfied with that I think. At least I get lots of cuddles and a night's sleep too, lol! I hope October is a much better month for your family Kate and I hope the end of the year doesnt fly by as fast as most of it has so far!

  6. Wise thoughts in your September list Kate. They are all worth remembering in difficult times!

  7. Often in life you can have both lemons and lemonade! You're off to a great start for October with a great attitude!

  8. I hope your October is truly a great one! You've learned heaps in the last month, and you seem very content and wise as a result. September was a pretty difficult one here too, so pleased to see the back of it and to embrace all that lies ahead. Sending a hug your way..x

  9. I'm glad to see the start of a new month too!
    (and am finished with babies - its the breast feeding bit that puts me off again!!)

  10. Yeah, September was a slog, and October is the beginning of a whole string of birthdays, and then, before you know it, we're into the Christmas countdown! Anyway, in September I came to the conclusion, once again, that all I really want to do is be creative, tell stories, and be a mummy. No big change of direction for me! No more study. Just getting on with it. As for babies, part of me will always say, "one more?", but really enough is enough! I need to find a better balance and any more babies is certainly not going to help. Happy and productive October! XK

  11. Reading 'I hope your October is awesome' from you Dear Kate was wonderful. I've fallen off the blogging radar in the past months so am excited that October is a blogging month whether you sign up for it or not ;) A trip your way is still number one on my wish list, a bundle of fabric still has your name on it, you're always in my heart & thoughts despite my under the radar. Have a wonderful October, I'll watch your month unfold. Big Love to You & Your Beloveds ♥♥♥♥.

  12. It was a tricky month here too but I have learnt through it that like you said it's not often what happens it how you deal with it that matters. I also learnt that health is so valuable and to cherish it and look after it, that some people are in your life for a short time and some for a long time and it's ok to let go and that once I get motivated to do something the momentum keeps me going on to the next 'to do' task. Hoping you've convinced your girls to take that road trip and that October is an awesome month for you. xx

  13. my ovaries know that there are no poor little heart is a tad slow to catch on :(

  14. Here's to an awesome October, and onwards and upwards for everyone! We had a couple of straight years when everything just seemed to suck, but lately have been on the up after all those tough life lessons regarding change, loss, and more importantly, about who we are are where our strengths are. Always the better for it, but it's really tough going through it sometimes.

  15. I hear you when you say "That parenting an adolescent is about picking my battles". I never knew it would be as hard this! It is taking some getting used to the changes that happen around this age.
    September was a funny month for us, a bit like a rollercoaster, nothing too terrible or hard but just different. Different isn't always a bad thing but it does take some getting used to.
    Here's to a fabbo October, for us all, Kate xx

  16. Oh, bummer about loosing yardage chicken. I'll be there was a fair bit of will it or won't it anxiety before it became clear that there really wasn't enough yarn. Hope it didn't take much convincing to get them to go to the Woolen Mills!

    Here's to a wonderful October for you and your family Kate. xx

  17. Here's to the sunshine making things so much more manageable and smiley. xxx

  18. A beautiful post, Kate. I'm hoping to share some happy October times with you my friend, see you soon xo

  19. Thank you for sharing this post, i feel a lot of the lessons you've learned are quite relate-able. Your poncho is looking wonderful- it looks so soft and and the color is fab :)

  20. Hi Kate,
    I read your blog almost every day and felt I should leave a comment. What did I learn during September.......hmmmm...
    It's not summer yet, even though the children insist on getting in the pool.....
    School holidays are highly underated.....
    Life is too short for skim milk......
    A slice of cake at 3pm can fix a lot of problems.
    Hope you have a lovely October.

  21. A good reflection thanks Kate. There are always difficult things lurking but there are lots of good things to look forward for my family in October! I am excited too.

  22. Hugs are a bandaid to life
    When I'm thinking I can't do this ( situation) I am actually doing it and if I embrace it in my mind, ( I can do this) it goes more easily.
    Thanks for sharing your insights

  23. The best bit of Teenage Parenting advice I have heard recently is this: when your teenager comes to you wanting your permission to do something and busting for fight if you say no, just tell them you need time to think about it. Then pick your time for delivering the bad news - a time when they aren't spoiling for a fight. Like when they are in their room, stick your head around the door, deliver the verdict and then run away to the other end of the house! See? No battle!! xx

  24. you have an alpaca? Oh I love them. Glad to hear you are done with September. I hope October is all you hoped it will be x

  25. I hope that October is wonderful and ace for you. I have grand blogging plans (yes the same ones that I have every year)
    September: I did not blog once. I tried to find some order to my house (there is still a long way to go) I went for a train ride by myself and visited my brother, walked the same streets that a women vanished from just days later (and totally freaked myself over it with the 'it could have been me' as there were some crazies on the train on the way home)

  26. mmmm sounds like a heavy september indeed.

    this too shall pass.

    Welcome October, the moth of birthdays here too (it's my husbands tomorrow)

    xo em

  27. I LOVE your new header! I'm so glad to see that gorgeous fox ended up here - I saw it on Kirsty's Instagram feed!

    Here's to a new header and a new month!


  28. Hi Kate
    Oh Im welcoming October with big open arms too.
    September was one of the hardest of my life with first a sick Sindri and then a really sick Amelie. So many lessons are learnt in the hardest of times….hidden blessings I guess.
    I'm feeling so lucky to have my strong beautiful boy with me on this journey…..I can't imagine what I would do without him, and without my gang……all the other farm stuff and blah blah of life really doesnt matter in the end.
    SO anyway……HAPPY OCTOBER to you! We have Vedas birthday on the 9th as well as my sisters, and not to mention theres a new little baby to go snuggle once we are sure all these germs are gone for good. Happy days ahead for both of us fingers crossed!
    love Manda x o

  29. September taught me to appreciate my gumboots!!!

  30. I haven't checked in for a while, and my, so much good stuff! Love the new header. And your learnings listed up there, a few most especially, have struck a chord with me. Thank you.
    Greer x

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