My favorite time of year is ushered in by my birthday in mid-September. This year I had a last minute party after the 3rd or 4th person asked me what we were doing for my birthday. I felt so lucky to have so many people care. It wasn't even a big birthday either. The night was cool and we roasted marshmallows over the propane grill.
After my birthday time flies, the air gets cool, all sorts of fun fall activities start then my very favorite time of year Halloween. The first of October I put up all my decorations and start planning all the parties. This year we're planning our first pumpkin carving party. I think we'll have about 15 people so we'll see how that works. What a blast to have so many fun things to do zombie crawl, caramel apple making, haunted historic homes, doggy costume contests, costumes in general, scary movies, and trick'r'treaters. I love this time of year where simply walking the dogs at night makes me feel like a teenager out causing mischief (one day I'll play skunk again). Everything has a spookiness to it, even though I know it is all in my head. The time blows by so fast.
The good thing about having Halloween as your favorite time of year, when it is over there are still two more months of fun parties and festivities instead of an awful let down if things didn't go as planned. I've had years where the Halloween parties didn't go well and everything is all a big mess, but come November 1st we start planning for Thanksgiving so I'm distracted again.
On a different note: The garden is doing really well even after the kiss of frost we got last week. I've harvested two cucumbers, 1 large zucchini, a handful of green beans, several radishes and lots of lettuce/kale so far. There are lots of flowers on the tomatoes so hopefully the warm will hold out a little bit longer until the tomatoes start to grow, but if it doesn't, who cares it will be cold!